Switzerland - Your next destination for study, job, conference or visit

Switzerland is situated in western Europe,[note 4] where it is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.

The Swiss Confederation has a long history of armed neutrality—it has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815—and did not join the United Nations until 2002. It pursues, however, an active foreign policy and is frequently involved in peace-building processes around the world. Switzerland is also the birthplace of the Red Cross.

Switzerland Visa

Your nationality plays a huge role in getting a Switzerland visa. For example, a European national doesn’t have to apply for a Swiss work permit – instead they can use a Swiss Schengen visa, as long as their country participates in the Schengen Agreement.

Switzerland Immigration

Immigration to Switzerland doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re a member of the European community then you can live and work in the country without Switzerland citizenship or a Swiss work permit. But if you’re from abroad then you will have to look into getting a company to sponsor you on a Switzerland work permit or a university to offer you a place to study in Switzerland.

Swiss Work Permit

Applicants for a Switzerland work permit are divided into two groups. Those who are residents and citizens of a European country can live and work in Switzerland thanks to the Swiss Schengen visa, and so do not need a Swiss work permit. But those who are Third Country Nationals need a visa for working in Switzerland and a Swiss residence permit and a job offer from a Swiss company (or intra-company transfer).

Switzerland Student Visa

To study abroad in Switzerland you must first find a university or tertiary education facility. After applying and being accepted by one of these institutions you will be bale to study in Switzerland. But you will need to get a Switzerland student visa, which has various Swiss visa requirements that our experts can help you with.

Schengen Visa Switzerland

If you’re a foreign national who resides in one of the 25 countries signed up to the Schengen agreement then this country is open to you. Speak to one of our experts about what else you need with the Schengen visa to live and work in Switzerland.

Higher education institutions in Switzerland

According with the Swiss law on publicly financed Swiss Universities and the body CRUS, there are 12 general higher education institutions in Switzerland (10 cantonal universities and two federal institutes of technology plus a number of specialized universities.

Swiss Research Labs

ARIAO Research Institute, Davos
ASIRBSwiss Italian Association for Biomedical Research, Lugano
CERNEuropean Laboratory for Particle Physics, Geneva
CSCSSwiss Center for Scientific Computing, Manno
EAWAGSwiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology, Dübendorf
EMPASwiss Federal Institutes for Materials Testing and Research, Dübendorf, St. Gallen, Thun
FMIFriedrich Miescher Institute, Basle
IBMIBM Zurich Research Laboratory
IdiapIdiap Research Institute, Martigny
IDSIADalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Lugano
MicroLabMicroLab, Biel
PSIPaul Scherrer Institute, Villigen
RACAgroscope RAC Changins - Swiss Federal Agricultural Research Station Changins
SLFWSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, Davos
TIM/ISSCOMultilingual Information Processing Department at the University of Geneva
WSLSwiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Birmensdorf/Zurich
arrowSee also:Universities of Applied Sciences - Universities of Teacher Education -Professional Colleges for Technology
Swiss Libraries
Miscellaneous Institutions - Continuing Education

University Switzerland

Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology

  • EPFL - Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne
  • ETH Zürich - Federal Institute of Technology Zurich


University-level Institutions

Universities of Applied Sciences

Universities of Teacher Education

Federal Institute

  • SFIVET - Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training
This list is based on this list of Recognised or Accredited Swiss Higher Education Institutions by CRUS.

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