Rue du Parc 4
Phone: +41 22 312 04 50
Non-EU citizens must apply for a student visa to study in Switzerland. The visa requirements can be found HERE.
The visa documentation required for studying as a non-EU/EFTA nationals includes:
The Swiss government advises that it can take up to 8 weeks to get your student visa application processed, so start getting your documents together as soon as possible! Contact your local Swiss embassy or consulate today to get the process started.
SSBM Geneva will assist and guide you in the student visa application process. Please contact us at [email protected] for more details.
You have 14 days after your arrival in Switzerland to register your arrival and arrange to get the residence permit from the cantonal migration offices (if required). You’ll be issued with a permit B. It’s valid for a year and renewable.
The following table provides an idea of the costs of living in Geneva. Cheaper accommodation is available in the neighboring French towns, such as Ferney-Voltaire, Annemasse or Saint-Julien-en-Genevois.
|Estimated living costs per student||CHF|
|Rent: student residence (shared facilities)||550|
|Rent: student residence (single apartment)||700|
|Health insurance||100 (these costs can be avoided if the students maintain the insurance in their home country)|
|Public transport||45 (under the age of 25), 70 (over 25)|
|Total monthly cost||1’400 – 1’900|
Different criteria are applied to students depending on where they come from. Students coming to Switzerland from EU, EEA, and EFTA countries are able to work during their studies.
However, for Non-EU/EEA/EFTA citizens the rules are different. You can only start working six months after you have started your studies and have gotten a work permit.
General rules that apply are:
How much is the salary?
Depending on the sector, students working 15 hours earn CHF 1,900 to CHF 2,900.
SSBM Geneva does not have accommodation facilities but will do its best to help you to find the right one.
You have the choice to find your own accommodation through the Geneva accommodation services listed below:
1 rue des Marbriers
Phone: +41 22 708 16 16
Régie Foncière SA
Rue de la Fontaine 5
Phone: +41 22 817 08 17
Fax: +41 22 817 08 99
45, Avenue de la Praille
1227 Carouge, Geneva
Phone: +41 22 339 80 00
15-17, rue du Prieuré
Phone: +41 22 731 11 35
14, av. du Mail
Phone: +41 22 322 26 00
4, rue du Moléson
Phone: +41 22 339 80 00
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