University of Neuchâtel Switzerland

About University of Neuchâtel

The University of Neuchâtel (UniNE) is a French-speaking university located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The University of Neuchâtel is comprised of four schools: the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of Sciences, the School of Law, and the School of Economics. Each school offers graduate and undergraduate courses, conducted in French as well as English. With 21% of students coming from abroad (approximately 100 nationalities), the University of Neuchâtel is one of the most international universities in Switzerland. 

Neuchâtel, Switzerland

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.

Undergraduate & Graduate Program

Program Information

Application Material

Academic Year Application Deadline: April 1

Spring Semester Application Deadline: September 1


Submit the following materials directly to Alyssa Kyff (Building 10, Suite 2125) not to the exchange partner or other UNF offices:

  • UniNE exchange student application - to be completed after nomination (due by May 15 for fall and September 30 for spring)
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Updated resume
  • 2 passport-sized photos

 Submit the following materials directly to the UNF International Center (Building 58E, Room 2300) not to the exchange partner or other UNF offices:

  • UNF Study Abroad Information Packet (available from the International Center)
  • Copy of visa, once obtained
  • International health insurance information, once obtained

Other Information


Cité Al’FEN SA offers over 300 rooms and studios in five residences located in the town of Neuchâtel, all within easy reach of the campus and public transport. More information can be found here La Résidence offer studios and shared rooms.  Other accomodation possibilities in  Neuchâtel near the town center and university can be found in classified ads (in French) on: Anibis,, Homegate, and Pilote

Academic Calendar

The fall semester runs from mid-September to mid-December (exam period from beginning of January - mid February); the spring semester runs from mid-February to the beginning of June (exam period from beginning of June - mid June). View UniNE's academic calendar here (in French). (English translation)

French Language Courses

Students of the University of Neuchatel who aren’t French native speakers can improve their French language skills through a remedial French course or an immersion course. More information can be found here

Visa & Health Insurance Information

Students are required to individually obtain the necessary visa for study abroad prior to departure. Most semester programs are more than 90 days. Students should visit the U.S. Department of State webpage which links to each country's Embassy. Many visa applications must be made in person — please plan ahead! For additional visa information and to discuss UNF's requirement for health insurance coverage, please visit UNF's International Center ( Building 58E , Room 2300).

Additional Information

Neuchâtel Grade Conversion Scale - coming soon!

Neuchâtel Credit Conversion Scale - coming soon!

Estimated Cost - Fall Semester

Estimated Cost - Spring Semester

Neuchâtel courses

Courses taught in English 

Student Guide (in French)

The UniNE at a Glance

Life in Neuchâtel

Fall Semester Checklist

Spring Semester Checklist

Université de Neuchâtel on Facebook  


Ms. Michele Maurer

Bureau de la mobilité

Avenue du 1er-Mars 26 

CH-2000 Neuchâtel

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