Neuchâtel is a town of slightly over 30,000 inhabitants (60,000 when the surrounding area is taken into account), and lies on the shores of the largest Swiss inland lake at an altitude of 430 metres, located between the Jura mountains and the Alps. It is one of the main towns in the French speaking region of Switzerland, also called Suisse Romande
. This region represents 25% of the whole population; the other national languages are German (70%), Italian and Romansh. Ideally located half-way between Zürich and Geneva, Neuchâtel is three and half hours by train from Paris, six and half hours from Brussels and seven hours from Munich. Neuchâtel is an ideal place for full-time study or high-level research work, in an idyllic setting at the heart of Europe.
As a friendly and small-sized city steeped in history, Neuchâtel hosts a total student population of about 4,000. As a result, you'll find a young and cosmopolitan atmosphere, with plenty of things to see and do. Beautiful historic architecture, numerous coffee shops and restaurants, and a vibrant bar and club scene, Neuchâtel is also close to many forests, some of which offer attractive lakeside walks, as well as the Botanical Gardens. Whether you are a night-owl, a shopaholic, a sports fanatic or a culture junkie, you will find something to do in and around Neuchâtel.