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Student Visa Process

Students wishing to study in Switzerland must obtain the proper permits from the authorities to stay in the country. Here's how the process works.

Student visas are issued much like permits for foreign workers. In order to be able to study in Switzerland, you require proof of acceptance from the higher education institution where you will be studying. Indian students must apply for a visa at the Swiss embassy or consulate. 

Apply for Admission

Before applying for the visa, the admission offer letter from a recognized university from the country must be obtained. Contact the university of your choice prior to the admission deadline. Most of the universities also accept online applications. The main documents that you will have to send to the university are your upper secondary school-leaving certificate (the original or a notarized copy) and an up-to-date passport photograph.


What are the documents needed to apply for a Switzerland student visa?

For the visa application, you must at least submit:

  • proof of adequate financial resources to cover the cost of living in Switzerland during the course of your study so as to ensure that you will not become dependent on welfare benefits;

  • a health insurance policy that includes accident coverage;

  • a study plan with information about the purpose of your studies;

  • a confirmation that you have been admitted to a recognized or accredited educational institution;

  • proof that you fulfill the personal and educational requirements for the intended study;

  • a motivation letter, your curriculum vitae and an information sheet detailing your language skills;

  • proof that you have appropriate accommodation; and

  • a confirmation that you will leave Switzerland at the end of your studies.

Be aware that the Swiss diplomatic/consular mission may request further documentation or other guarantees. The competent Swiss authorities will finally and definitively decide whether the requirements for the planned study stay of more than three months are fulfilled.


For general information concerning entry & residence to Switzerland please consult the WEBSITE of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM.

How long it will take to get the Switzerland student visa or Duration for the issuance of a Swiss student visa? 

Before entering Switzerland, you must apply for a visa with the Swiss diplomatic/consular mission in your country of residence. It takes at least 8 weeks for a visa to be issued.


What is the cost of the Switzerland student visa? (cost: 60 Euro). 


How much cash or money I can carry when I go to Switzerland? 

There is no restriction on the amount of liquid funds, i.e. cash, foreign currency and securities, which can be imported into Switzerland, nor do the funds have to be declared. However, the customs authorities are still free to implement measures related to the combat of international crime.

How EDP will help you?

If you’re an EDP student with Confirmation of admission from our partner university, we will assist you with the entire process. We will inform you of the latest changes and requirements you need to follow and gather to avoid rejections and hassle-free completion of the entire process.

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Why study in


Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain medieval quarters, with landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge. The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.

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