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 VisaYour 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 ImmigrationImmigration 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 PermitApplicants 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 VisaTo 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 SwitzerlandIf 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 SwitzerlandAccording 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.
- Swissuniversity.ch a portal on universities in Switzerland
- Swiss Universities Handbook
- The State Secretariat for Education and Research
- The Ranking Forum of Swiss Universities
Swiss Research Labs
|ARI||AO Research Institute, Davos|
|ASIRB||Swiss Italian Association for Biomedical Research, Lugano|
|CERN||European Laboratory for Particle Physics, Geneva|
|CSCS||Swiss Center for Scientific Computing, Manno|
|EAWAG||Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology, Dübendorf|
|EMPA||Swiss Federal Institutes for Materials Testing and Research, Dübendorf, St. Gallen, Thun|
|FMI||Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basle|
|IBM||IBM Zurich Research Laboratory|
|Idiap||Idiap Research Institute, Martigny|
|IDSIA||Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Lugano|
|PSI||Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen|
|RAC||Agroscope RAC Changins - Swiss Federal Agricultural Research Station Changins|
|SLF||WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, Davos|
|TIM/ISSCO||Multilingual Information Processing Department at the University of Geneva|
|WSL||Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Birmensdorf/Zurich|
|See also:||Universities of Applied Sciences - Universities of Teacher Education -Professional Colleges for Technology|
Miscellaneous Institutions - Continuing Education
Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology
- University of Basle
- University of Berne
- University of Fribourg
- University of Geneva
- University of Lausanne
- University of Lucerne
- University of Neuchâtel
- University of St. Gallen
- Università della Svizzera italiana
- University of Zurich
- Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
- IDHEAP - Institute for advanced Studies in public Administration, Chavannes
- IUKB - Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch, Sion
- Distance Learning University Switzerland, Brig
- 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.|