Non-European students must apply for a visa to stay in Switzerland. The visa application must be submitted at least 3 months before the start of classes. 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.