Students who are from a third country (i.e non-EU or EFTA member) must apply for a visa to stay in Switzerland. The nationality of the students is decisive and not the country of their home university.

The visa application must be submitted to the Swiss representation in the student's country of origin at least three months before the planned arrival in Switzerland. Depending on the country of origin, a financial guarantee is sometimes required in the form of a financial affidavit.


What documents or information should be provided?

  • Certificate of enrolment as an exchange student from the University of Neuchâtel (before submitting his application for admission to Switzerland, the student must be in possession of a definitive admission certificate);
  • Plan of studies, including duration
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Copy of diplomas, school certificates or other certificates obtained;
  • Formal written commitment to leave Switzerland at the end of the stay;
  • Proof of financial means:
    • Financial affidavit with a bank attesting to sufficient financial resources to cover the costs of a stay for studies in Switzerland (minimum amount of equivalent CHF 20,000 for a full academic year).
    • or a firm guarantee of a sufficient scholarship or training grant with a copy of the documents relating to the grant[decision, amount, duration] for a minimum amount of CHF 1,500 per month.
  • Copy of the passport;
  • A letter of motivation stating precisely the reasons for the choice of studies in Switzerland and the plans for the future at the end of the studies.
  • The documents provided must be translated into a Swiss national language and authenticated by the Swiss representation.


Any questions about this matter? Contact the Migration Service of the Canton of Neuchâtel: smig.djur@ne.ch