Work and travel in Switzerland: International Experience Canada
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What Switzerland offers
Switzerland lies in the heart of Europe. Despite its rather small size of roughly 41,000 km2, it offers a broad array of stunning natural beauty, ranging from palm trees in the southern parts to eternal ice in the alpine zone.
Switzerland has four distinct language regions and is a true cultural melting pot, as the country shares its borders with three major European cultures, German-speaking Europe, France, and Italy.
The service sector industries are dominant in Switzerland’s economy with insurance, banking, trade and commerce, as well as tourism leading the way. Together, with the machinery, electronics, metals, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, Switzerland has been a world leading innovator for the past several years and benefits from outstanding educational institutions.
When in Switzerland, be sure to eat chocolate and cheese. You can work it off either by enjoying the network of 62,000 km of hiking paths, swimming in the Aare River around the capital of Bern or bungee jumping from the 220 meter Contra Dam, like James Bond.
Plan your trip
The best way to make sure your trip is the experience of a lifetime is to plan. Review our travel checklist to find out what you should know or do before travelling to and working in a foreign country.
Need help planning? One of IEC’s recognized organizations (ROs) might be able to help you find a job, transportation, and provide travel advice.
Most ROs charge a fee for their services.
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