WHO NEEDS TO APPLY

Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a visa to study in Switzerland. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa to enter Switzerland, please check here .
Applications for a study visa must be submitted to the Swiss Embassy, which is then forwarded to the Cantonal authority in Switzerland. The whole process takes 2 to 4 months.

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?

You should apply for your student visa as soon as you receive your acceptance package. It can take up to 3 months to obtain your visa depending on the country.

HOW TO APPLY

Step 1

Make sure you are accepted by SUMAS and have paid at least 10’000 CHF (all fees except the application fee will be refunded in case of “Autorisation habilitant les représentations suisses à délivrer un visa” refusal).

Once SUMAS verifies that this tuition fee has been paid, it will immediately issue a receipt of transaction to the student. This receipt is required by the Swiss Authorities to indicate that the student is serious about his/her intentions to study in Switzerland.

Note: No Visa application will be considered by the Swiss Authorities until this receipt of payment has been issued.

Step 2

Contact the nearest Swiss Embassy or Consulate to your home or place of residence to find out what exactly they require for students from your country, and make an appointment with them.

Information about the nearest Embassy or Consulate location can be found by clicking here.

Please contact the SUMAS Admissions Office if you are required to present attestations from the school for any reason.

Step 3

Prepare the following to present as well as any supplementary paperwork that is required by your local Embassy/Consulate:

  • A fully completed and signed application form. Applications, which are not duly completed, dated and signed, will not be accepted.
  • Download student visa application form by clicking here.
  • Four recent passport photos per applicant (strict requirements please consult the details on the embassy webpage).
  • A copy of the applicant’s valid passport.
  • A copy of confirmation/registration letter from SUMAS.
  • A copy of confirmation of payment of SUMAS’ tuition fees.
  • Proof of financial resources: a) A letter of commitment from your financial guarantor plus his/her recent bank statement, or b) Recent bank statements of the applicant if he/she does not need a guarantor.
  • Copies of previous diplomas and school certificates.
  • A Curriculum Vitae/Resume (biographical data, schools attended, etc.).
  • A letter of intent: indicating the reasons for the applicant’s decision to pursue studies in Switzerland and his/her plans for the future (dated and signed).
  • Written commitment to leave Switzerland at the end of the planned studies (dated and signed).

Apply for your visa in the format required by your embassy. Be sure that you give all the required paperwork. Visas will be refused if the application is incomplete.

Step 4

After submission there follows a waiting period of typically 2-4 months before the student will hear back from the Embassy or Consulate.

Once the visa is issued, the student will be contacted and instructed on how to pick up their visa and on the necessary steps for future admission into Switzerland.

Step 5

As soon as the student receives confirmation and instructions from the Embassy or Consulate, he/she should IMMEDIATELY make their travel arrangements to come to Switzerland and he/she has 3 months time to pick up the Student Visa from the Canton Vaud.
Please note that the visa has a specific date of entry, which cannot be negotiated.
It is not SUMAS responsibility to assure the receipt of the Student Visa from the Canton Vaud once the student is entered in the Swiss territory.

After submission there follows a waiting period of typically 2-4 months before the student will hear back from the Embassy or Consulate.

Once the visa is issued, the student will be contacted and instructed on how to pick up their visa and on the necessary steps for future admission into Switzerland.

VISA RENEWAL

If students have already obtained a visa and require visa renewal to study at SUMAS, students are then required to pay the first installment of the tuition fees. (non-refundable)

Please Note:

+ Do not request or attempt to enter Switzerland with a tourist visa+ Do not give original documents to the Embassy/Consulate because you will not get them back. Keep the originals for yourself and only give good/readable photocopies

+ If you require an entry visa for Switzerland, do not make any travel plans to other countries for the first 6 weeks after your arrival to Switzerland and until you receive your residency permit which you will need to gain access back into Switzerland

+ Please ensure you bring an additional set of copies of all the required document for a visa with you, in order to initiate the residence permit application upon arrival

+ Be advised that applying for a student visa through SUMAS is for studying purposes, NOT FOR visa renewal nor to extend your stay in Switzerland

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