International (non-Erasmus) - Students


Depending on your nationality, you will need a visa to study in Geneva. It can take up to three months to obtain a visa.


1. To enquire as to whether you need a visa or not, consult the website of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. If you have several nationalities, verify the conditions for each nationality as one of them may permit you to enter Switzerland without a visa.

2. Once you have received your letter of acceptance, you may apply to the Swiss embassy in your country/region.

3. Cost: Inquire at the Swiss Embassy of your country/region

4. Your visa allows you to enter Switzerland. Once in Switzerland you must ask for a residence permit. This is mandatory for all students. It costs approximately CHF 250 for the entire stay.