The view of Lac Léman, or Lake Geneva, from Lausanne is a testament to Switzerland's breathtaking scenery. Photo: Jenny Kim
The view of Lac Léman, or Lake Geneva, from Lausanne is a testament to Switzerland's breathtaking scenery. Photo: Jenny Kim

Switzerland gives Macquarie student a fairytale exchange

Jenny Kim is doing a Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Laws and went on exchange to the University of Lausanne in Switzerland last session. Here she recalls her Swiss experience.

“Switzerland is a magical place out of a children’s fairytale. Towering mountains at your front door and calm lakes at your back – this is a country that single-handedly lifts Europe as one of the most enticing continents to travel to in the world.

The landscape is simply indescribable and seeing such nature every morning as you walk to uni is breathtaking. The picturesque scenery of Switzerland is only the beginning of its many treasures.

What amazed me the most was the diverse, flexible and efficient nature of the Swiss. In a country where there are four official languages, rarely did I meet a Swiss person who was monolingual. The mélange of several languages in such a small country impressed me, a foreigner, immensely. Not only in spoken language but the differences were distinct in architecture and culture as you travel into different parts of Switzerland – the influences of Germany, France and Italy.

A country that holds a large population with different mother tongues unites when in comes to Swiss produce. One can find the finest cheese and chocolate selections at every corner and weekend market.

You will also not find a country more pro-bio (organic) than Switzerland. Their food markets flourish daily with products of ‘terroir’ (land) and believe me, you will pass an expensive Macca’s meal any day to taste the fresh and fragrant fruits and vegetables laid out on Swiss grocery tables.”


Macquarie students are encouraged to add international exchange or short-term international study to their degrees. Find out where you can go and how the University supports you with a generous travel grant scheme.

The Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Laws is a double degree designed by the student, with more than 40 major topics to focus their study. These include languages, gender studies, international business, politics and psychology.