Linking

 

Providing a wide range of specialised services to promote good relations between Swiss living abroad and strengthen their ties with Switzerland.

 

Around 11% of the Swiss population lives abroad. Of the 751,800 Swiss nationals who were residing abroad at the end of 2017, 62% were living in Europe, 4% in Oceania. This expatriate community forms a multilingual and multicultural patchwork that is present on every continent. It makes an important contribution to Switzerland – hence the importance of building, strengthening and maintaining strong links. The OSA does this through a network of around 750 Swiss associations and institutions worldwide.

 

Several hundred Swiss living all over the world meet at the annual Congress of the Swiss Abroad which is organised by the OSA and takes place in a different city in Switzerland each year. As well as giving members the opportunity to share their views on topical subjects, these conferences also strengthen bonds between expatriates and facilitate contacts with the Swiss authorities and the public back home.

  

 

In 2010 the OSA devised and created the internet platform www.SwissCommunity.org. Its aim is to strengthen the link between the Swiss Abroad and Switzerland. Since then, it has grown to over 30,000 members. SwissCommunity is a free, high-quality platform exclusively serving the Swiss who have been, are, or will be resident abroad. It is designed and tailored to meet the needs of Swiss people worldwide, a global network that keeps Swiss people all over the world connected.

 

 

Youth Offers

 

Programs and services for Swiss children and young people abroad

 

In association with its partner organisations, the OSA offers a variety of programs and services for Swiss children and young people living abroad. The holiday and training stays in Switzerland provide an exciting experience and opportunity to get to know the country and people and make friends with other young Swiss of their own age from all over the world. 

  

In 2017 the Foundation for Young Swiss Abroad (FYSA) celebrated its centenary. It was established as a charity during WW1 in order to provide Swiss children living in disaster-torn areas abroad to enjoy a couple of weeks of respite with host families in Switzerland. For programs designed for children under 15 years of age, see the FYSA website: www.sjas.ch/en

 


Camp Engelberg 2017

Camp Valbella 2017/18


 

For information about leisure and training opportunities for young Swiss living abroad (15 to 20 year old) click here or visit their facebook page.


Camp Saas-Grund 2017/18

New Year's Camp Les Diablerets 2018


 

Swiss schools and Swiss educational projects abroad

 

In partnership with educationsuisse the OSA supports Swiss educational projects on four continents including 18 federally approved Swiss schools abroad, providing education based on Swiss principles for over 7,500 children. In mid 2017, the Swiss School Beijing opened – the first of its kind in China and the first new Swiss school abroad in more than three decades. educationsuisse advices and supports young Swiss Abroad as well as students enrolled in Swiss Schools abroad, who wish to pursue or complete their education or training in Switzerland. For more information click here.