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Visas

Non-EU students who wish to enter Switzerland must have a valid passport and be in possession of a study visa issued by a Swiss Embassy or Consulate. Please note that a tourist visa does not authorize a student with a foreign passport to study in Switzerland. Applications for a study visa must be submitted to the Swiss Embassy in your home country which is  then forwarded to the Cantonal authority in Switzerland. The whole process takes 6 to 8 weeks.

All foreign students (EU & Non-EU) living in Switzerland require a Student B permit.

Switzerland is now part of the Schengen zone which means that once you have a Student B permit , you are allowed to travel to the following countries without a visa: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

Note: Part-time study options are not accepted as sufficient reason by Swiss authorities to grant a study visa for students from outside the EU/Schengen area.

Housing & Accommodation

Short stays & visits

For short stays we recommend L’hotel located in the city centre (Lausanne Flon) and offering competitive prices.

Accommodation during your studies

As Lausanne is a popular place to study, it can be difficult to find a place to live. To avoid problems in finding accommodation, we strongly suggest you to start your research at least three months before the starting date of your program.

Housing for BSL Students

Limited housing is available to BSL students. Available are 7 shared and fully equipped apartments and 1 single fully equipped apartment, all 25m from the academic institution. Prices that you will find below include electricity, water, heating and internet fees. These prices are per room in the apartment and range from 1448CHF to 1848CHF with room 1 being the least expensive and room 17 the most. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions with regards to these apartments.

Download the accommodation information pack  - includes photos, prices, plans and application form.

Other Apartments / Rooms for rent

Download a list of websites for finding furnished and unfurnished rooms, along with a list of real estate agents in the local area.

Once you are a fully accepted student, you will also find accommodation groups on our Facebook and Yammer platforms, where many students advertise rooms or flats.

Lausanne Tourism

Lausanne Tourism provides a list of furnished apartments available in Lausanne and the area updated every month. You can find the list on their website.

 

Health Insurance

Health insurance is mandatory in Switzerland.

The cost of student health insurance in Switzerland is around 100 chf per month. We as an establishment work with the  GestUnion. Upon arrival in Switzerland, you will have a period of 90 days to get insurance if needed. Other companies available to get student health insurance rates from are: Swisscare, CSS – Student care, TradiConsult and Allianz Worldwide.

EU students

If you have an obligatory European health insurance scheme in your home country that covers the same medical cost as the basic insurance scheme during your stay in Switzerland, it is possible that you may be exempt from taking out health insurance in Switzerland, however you will need to check with the local commune in which you live in Switzerland.

Before starting studies abroad, all EU Students must obtain a European health insurance card from their home country’s public medical care.

Upon arrival in Switzerland, a copy of that card must be submitted to the Swiss authorities together with the student permit application.

Non-EU students

We strongly advise you to contract a Swiss health insurance prior to your move to Switzerland in order to be fully covered in case of accident or illness. Our partner, GestUnion, offers competitive rates for students living in Switzerland.

Important Information

Before leaving Switzerland, you must cancel your insurance at least one month before your departure.

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