How to Get Study Visa in Switzerland

After receiving the acceptance letter from the Swiss university, international students have to apply for getting the proper visa and permits from the Swiss authorities to enter and stay in the country. In this article, we are going to discuss how to get a study visa in Switzerland.

Check our article about the enrollment requirements in the Swiss universities.

Student visas are issued in similar ways to the foreign workers’ permits.

This is in addition to specific advantages that facilitate the process for the EU students.

There are two categories of the Swiss visas:

  • The first is the C visa, which is for the educational programs and courses that last up to three months.
  • The second is the D visa and this one is for the educational programs that last for more than three months.

All the expat students, either from the EU or other countries, whose study period will exceed the three months, have to register at the local authorities in the city he/she will stay in with 14 days of arrival to Switzerland to get a residence permit.


Moreover, applicants have to prove that they have medical insurance, enough finance to cover the cost of studying and living and that they are accepted in a full-time study in one of the Swiss universities.

Residence permits usually cover the whole study duration. But the student may need to renew it every year until the end of his/her studies, according to the student’s case.


International students can work 15 hours per week while studying. However, students who want to work for longer hours have to apply to get a work permit.

Students from the non-EU countries have to apply to get an entry visa from the Swiss embassy or consulate in their home country.

Required Documents to Get a Study Visa

Passport Requirements

  • Certified copy from the passport holder information page
  • Two copies of the passport information pages
  • Passport has to be valid for at least 6 months after your arrival to Switzerland
  • At least one empty page for the Swiss visa

Visa Application Form

  • Three copies of D visa application permit B. All have to be completely filled and signed in the applicant’s signing space.
  • Two copies of the acceptance letter in a Swiss university
  • Four passport-size photographs with white background
  • Two copies of the study fees payment receipt
  • Written confirmation indicating that the applicant will leave Switzerland after finishing his/her studies
  • Copy of bank statement or a letter from the bank, confirming that the student has adequate financial resources to cover the study and living costs in Switzerland.
  • Two copies of previous study certificates
  • C.V., including all the previous studies and jobs if any
  • Hand-written motivation letter outlining the applicant’s future plan

Note: Some students may be required to show in person to get ta study visa permit B.


The information of the student applying for the visa is being sent to the Swiss cantonal police to take the approval or refusal decisions. The Swiss embassy or consulate will not be able to issue the visa, except after getting the police’s permission.

Check also our article about the cost of studying and living in Switzerland

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