Visa Info for Canadian Students Going to a University in Switzerland

  • 3 Months Start applying
  • 67 CHF Visa fee
  • Not required Proof of language

National Visa D

If you're a student from Canada, you'll need the National Visa D to study in Switzerland. This visa is made specifically for students like you who are ready to begin their study abroad adventure in Switzerland. Find out the best information about the process of getting the National Visa D to decide if studying abroad in Switzerland is right for you.

How much time will it take to get my visa?

Be sure to allow extra time for your visa application. Immediately after you've been accepted to and enrolled in the university of your choice, you can already start your application for the Swiss National Visa D. You should apply at least 3 months before your university degree programme starts.

After you've applied, you can expect that you'll wait about 42 to 105 days for the decision.

Main steps to take for the Swiss student visa

Here is what Canadian students have to do to get a student visa that will allow them to study in Switzerland:

You can apply for the Swiss study visa by mail. Just send you application documents in digital format to a Swiss embassy or consulate in Canada. Depending on your situation you may be called to a visa interview.

Canadian students maybe have to provide biometrics during the visa application process. Your biometrics are, basically, extra identification (e.g. fingerprinting and pictures) that countries use for security purposes.

You maybe have to attend a visa interview during the application process.

The National Visa D from Switzerland is valid for up to unknown. So that you can stay during your entire degree programme, you may need to renew your visa every year. If you want to stay in Switzerland after your degree is over, you will have to apply for a different visa, or a visa renewal through the immigration office.

How much will I have to pay for the student visa?

To apply for the Swiss National Visa D, you will also have to pay a fee of 67 CHF. Depending on your situation, Swiss authorities will allow you to pay this fee online, on location at a visa application centre in Canada, or through a bank transfer.

Canadian students won't need to get health insurance for the Swiss visa.

What documents will I need to get for my student visa?

Canadian students won't have to prove they speak English well enough to study in an international university in Switzerland. These language skills ensure that you can succeed in your classes and manage your way around Switzerland.

Canadian students won't need to take a medical test before arriving in Switzerland.

Canadian students won't need to set up a Restricted Bank Account. This type of bank account restricts the amount of money you can withdraw every month, and only allows you to access it when you arrive in Switzerland.

Look at the Switzerland immigration website for more detailed visa information.


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