Students from EU or EFTA countries
Students of the following EU and EFTA countries as well as Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, Brunei and United Kingdom are exempt from the visa requirement:
- EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
- EFTA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
If you are a student from one of these countries, please follow the instructions for students without a visa requirement.
Students from all other countries
Students from all other countries must personally apply for a so-called “National D Visa” at the Embassy of Switzerland in their home country. If you are a student from a country with visa requirements, please follow the instructions for students with visa requirements. If you are unsure about whether you need a visa, please consult the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).
Although Switzerland is party to the Schengen/Dublin Agreement, a Schengen visa from another country only entitles you to enter and transit the country, but not to take up residence. A National D Visa is required for the latter.
The information on this page is for information purposes only and supplied without liability. The underlying regulations may have changed since this information was last updated. For legally binding information, please consult the website of the State Secretariat for Migration or contact the Embassy of Switzerland in your country of residence.