Switzerland is known for many things, some of which include Swiss chocolate, cheese, watches, the Swiss Alps and professional tennis players Roger Federer and Martina Hingis.
Culture and tourist attractions aside, the country is also renowned for education. Students who are keen to pursue their tertiary studies in this central European country will find it a memorable experience. Switzerland is home to some of the world’s top universities, including ETH Zurich and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), ranked 11th and 35th respectively in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019.
Public transport in the country is efficient – Switzerland has an extensive train and bus network, making public transit convenient for students. The country is also unique, with a whopping four national languages spoken: German, French, Italian and Romansh.
Do I need a student visa?
If you’re an EU student, you won’t need a student visa. However, you will need to register with the local Residents’ Registration Office to obtain a residence permit within 14 days of arriving.
Non-EU students (with the exception of nationals from Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore, who will need to apply for a residence permit before arriving if you plan on staying longer than 90 days) will need to apply for a multiple entry long stay visa (Visa D) from a Swiss embassy in your home country.
You can use this website as a reference for Swiss embassy locations.