In order for you to live and study in study in Switzerland, you will need a residence permit - regardless of your visa requirements. You must apply for this permit in person at the residents' registration office of your commune within 14 days of entering Switzerland. Your registration and the related documents are subject to a fee. Please note that the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts will not cover these costs.
You will need to bring the following documents:
- A valid passport or ID
- A current passport photograph
- An admission confirmation letter from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
- A tenancy agreement
- A copy of your health insurance policy covering your stay in Switzerland
- Proof of sufficient financial means; this may be a bank statement or (in the case of EU/EFTA students) a letter from your parents or from a guarantor residing in Switzerland confirming they will support you with monthly payments of CHF 1,750 or more
- sufficient cash to cover the following fees:
- approximately CHF 40 (certificate of registration)
- approximately CHF 70 (EU countries) / CHF 350 (non-EU countries) (ID card fee)
After a few weeks, you will receive your residence permit. Non-EU citizens receive an identity card with biometric data.
The residence permit is usually issued for one year. It is extendable for the duration of the study programme. Please note that a new proof of sufficient financial means must be submitted with each application for residence permit extension.
The information on this page is for information purposes only and supplied without liability. The underlying regulations may have changed since the information was last updated. For legally binding information, please consult the website of the residents' registration office in charge.