I'll start studying Computer science and Mathematics in September/October 2020 and then drop one of these to pursue my Bachelor's degree in the other subject :)
I've decided to start studying in the Austria and continue studying (Master's and maybe a PhD) at one of the universities that are listed in this take. I'd love to hear whether you have any recommendations for universities in Germany, Switzerland or Austria :)
That's why these universities are only relevant for their Master's and PhD programmes to me.
The reason why I'd like to stay here is that I've been attending a bilingual school for the past three years and slowly but steadily my German has started to go downhill. It used to be above average and I also used to speak in a very complicated, untypical and literary way. I miss that a lot and want to improve my German again :)
Technische Universität München (TUM)
While this is probably the ugliest University on the list (which I don't care about), it's also one of the best ones, especially for Computer Science. For this worldwide ranking for Computer science, it's in the 18th place.
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
This is also a good university with a female:male ratio (28:72) that is very attractive to me, I don't enjoy being surrounded by tons of women, though I can't put my finger on why I don't.
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ)
You knew this would be on here when you read I wanted to study Computer Science, didn't you? This university is ranked 3rd for Computer Science worldwide and while moving to Zürich would probably be the most expensive option out of all options I have (next to moving to Munich=München), it's my favourite university to go to because I'd be farther away from my parents than if I studied in Munich.
I've decided to apply there, but I have no idea how realistic it is to get in (given that I do everything in my hands: letters of recommendation from scientists I'll have worked with, GRE (graduate record examination) TOEFL/CPE, letter of motivation, good grades etc.) and it would be really helpful if people who went there could drop me a comment so that I can PM them :)
I just really like Bern and I'd be thrilled to get into this university too. It would be easier to get into this one than ETH, but the stuff I'll do for ETH should help me get into this one too. Personally, I love the dialect spoken in Bern. I think it sounds great.
Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien)
What I don't like about this university is that I'd be a Diplomingenieur (Dipl.-Ing.) after studying for my Master's degree there and that's just a little off to me. I should add that one has better job opportunities in Austria with this title though. Vienna is a beautiful city and I'm also considering studying at the regular Universität Wien.
They have great Master's programmes and Vienna is the world's best city to live according to this ranking (Zürich is in second place) and has been on the top of the list for ten years now.
Technische Universität Graz (TU Graz)
This is also a hard university to get in because they only have 30 open places for Computer Science and 30 for each year (Master's degrees).
It's very small but I know two people who go there so it shouldn't be completely impossible to get into. However, I'd probably have to do an additional test to get in. I'd again be a Diplomingenieur (Dipl.-Ing.) after studying for my Master's degree, which is "interesting".
I'm also considering other Universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland: RWTH Aachen, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (JKU Linz) and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL Lausanne).
What I'll do to try to get in
The only thing I can do really is look at the toughest admissions process and this definitely is ETH's - hence I'll try to meet their requirements. They want top 5 to 10% grades, a TOEFL/CPE English certificate, 2 letters of recommendation, a motivational letter and - for some reason - the general GRE (graduate record examination). It'll cost me about 600€ to meet those requirements and I'll have to work my arse off but that's fine, all I ever did was study to be honest.
If I don't get in, I'll have plenty of experience, I'll have had fun and my CV will be fuller, which is always nice. No regrets.
I speak English and German fluently and my French is between B1 and B2. I don't feel confident enough at the moment to study at a University located in a French city (although I know that the courses are taught in English). Therefore, Lausanne and Geneva are both off the table more or less for me at the moment though the EPFL would be an excellent university too.
I'm extremely lucky to have been born in one of the most beautiful countries where people are wealthy and can afford basic necessities (almost all of them at least). Again, Vienna, Zürich and Munich (München) are close to me and all have extremely high standards of living. They're ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Mercer's Quality of Living Survey. The fact that they're all within a 750km (=460miles) radius of each other is amazing for me.
Vienna-Zürich: 730km (=450miles)
Vienna-Munich: 400km (=250miles)
Zürich-Munich: 320km (=200miles)
I wasn't born in a city and it's not my goal to live in one for a long period of time, but we'll see how life works out for me.
If you have any tips, information, help, advice, suggestions etc., feel free to share below!
Which university did you go to?