- Aug 01, 2018
Switzerland Visa Information
Visas and permits to study in Switzerland
If you want to come to Switzerland to study at a university or equivalent, first you must find a course and get accepted onto it. Once you have confirmation that you have a place (a certificate of enrolment), you can apply for a visa to study in Switzerland.
APPLYING FOR A SWISS VISA
You’ll need to apply for a visa through the Embassy of Switzerland. You’ll need to complete an application form and submit supporting documentation, in English.
For short-term Schengen C visas, documentation includes:
A valid passport/travel ID
Proof of adequate financial resources to cover your costs while you’re in Switzerland;
Confirmation of booked courses including fees paid;
FOR A LONG-TERM D VISAS, DOCUMENTS WILL INCLUDE:
A valid passport/travel ID.
Proof of adequate financial resources to cover your costs while you’re in Switzerland, whether yourself or a sponsor, such as copies of bank statements or a letter from the bank.
Proof of healthcare insurance which includes cover for accidents.
Motivation letter outlining why you want to come to Switzerland to study and how this will be beneficial to your career.
Confirmation of enrolment at a recognized Swiss educational institution.
Confirmation of course fees paid.
Copies of previous educational certificates and diplomas.
A signed letter confirming that you will leave Switzerland at the end of the course.
You may also be asked to sit a language test to make sure that you will be able to follow lessons.
If you want to undertake post-graduate studies, you’ll need to submit proof that you’ve been admitted to a post-grad course and have the appropriate qualifications, sufficient financial means and somewhere to live.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN SWITZERLAND
You have 14 days after your arrival in Switzerland to register your arrival and arrange to get your residence permit from the cantonal migration offices (if required). While you are waiting for your B permit (which may take some weeks), you’ll be given attestation that will allow you to open a bank account but won’t allow you to leave the country. You’ll be issued with a permit B in the form of a biometric card. It’s valid for a year and renewable.
WORKING IN SWITZERLAND WHILE YOU’RE A STUDENT
If you are coming to Switzerland to study you may take up part-time work for up to 15 hours a week in term time and full-time during holidays, but only after you have lived in Switzerland for six months.
If you already hold a Master’s degree from a foreign university and you’re in Switzerland working for your Swiss university or institute, you don’t have to wait six months but can start work straightaway. Your employer will need to get a work permit for you. You will need to maintain your full-time student status and show that you are continuing to make progress in your studies.
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