The picturesque town of Neuchatel, located on the shores of the lake with which it shares its name, is home to the University of Neuchâtel (UniNE).
Established as the Academy of Neuchatel in 1838, several faculties were added over the following years and in 1909 it took on the name it still has today. The following year saw doctorate courses established in all UniNE faculties as well as the creation of a business school.
Today the university, which is situated in the French-speaking region of Switzerland, follows a similar higher education structure to French universities.
There are four faculties: The Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Economics and Business, all of which offer classes in both French and English.
Until 2015 there was also a Faculty of Theology, but it has been closed and relocated to the University of Lausanne and the University of Geneva.
UniNE is one of Switzerland’s most international universities, and its Institut de langue et civilisation françaises is a centre designed to teach French language to non-native speakers.
The university is part of a three-way partnership with De Montfort University in the UK and the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Italy, and between them they offer a one-year FIFA Master in Management, Law & Humanities of Sport degree.
This degree is held by several high-ranking officials in the world of football, including Hicham El Amrani, general secreatry of the Confederation of African Football, and Arnaud Le Mintier, head of broadcaster servicing at FIFA.