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Placement and Mobility Services for Foreign Students Coming to Switzerland


  • 2-3 Team Size
  • 2019 Founding Year
  • Zürich Area, Switzerland Location
  • Idea, brainstorming Project Status
  • Asia, Consulting, Education, Global Mobility, social impact, Switzerland, University Markets

The Problem: Switzerland has some of the world's best universities for very low cost of tuition - however it is difficult for non-German speaking students from non-EU countries to go through applying for placements, visa, scholarships, and accommodation.

The Solution: We offer personal mentorship to prospective international students, helping them beat the paperwork and welcome them to Switzerland.

The Business Model: We sell mentorship packages via an online store. Once a client has paid, a mentor will reach out to him/her and offer support via Skype, email, and personal meetings in Zurich.

The Market: The largest markets of international students are China and India, so we will initially focus on student applicants from there.

The Team: A Switzerland-based team with deep expertise in student mobility management of top-tier research universities and with strong connections to the world´s largest education market Asia.

Competition: The international market leader is CollegeWise.com. Competition is strong for recruitment of students to the Anglo-Saxon countries, but not for recruitment to the German-speaking countries. Our niche are therefore the German-speaking countries, where overall cost of study is much lower than in US, UK, or Australia, while they offer some of the world's best academic and professional opportunities for students and graduates.

The Social Impact: We help to internationalize education. By doing so, we also create flexible income opportunities to the mentors we employ: international students and stay-at-home parents in Zurich. For gifted students with need for financial aid, we may offer merit-based scholarships (fee-waiver).

The Vision: When talented, open-minded people study abroad, they build friendships, they exchange knowledge and new ideas, and they learn about culture. International student mobility makes the world a more prosperous and peaceful place. We envision a world in which everyone can study anywhere. There will be students from all countries at every campus. Everyone can find academic success and happiness worldwide.

The Mission: The world's best study opportunities for everyone - no matter where you are coming from!

Team

Raffael Kellner

Founder