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