All students must have a valid passport to travel outside the United States. If you have not yet applied for your passport, visit the United States Postal Service website for details.
PLEASE NOTE: Processing time for Swiss visas can take up to 12 weeks! Because students must send their passports to the Consulate after they have received approval authorization, international travel during application time is strongly discouraged. Students who do not receive their visa back in time before departure will not be able to legally enter Switzerland.
It is the responsibility of the student to procure the proper visa for studying in Switzerland if needed. Some consulates allow students to mail in student visa applications; others require students to apply in person. Please contact the consulate in your jurisdiction to find out how to apply, and what materials are needed for the Swiss student visa.
Consulate General of Switzerland, Atlanta
Jurisdiction: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Cayman Islands.
Consulate General of Switzerland, Los Angeles
Jurisdiction: The counties of Southern California (ZIPs: 90000-93500) and the states of Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.
Consulate General of Switzerland, New York
Jurisdiction: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, Bermuda, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Consulate General of Switzerland, San Francisco
Jurisdiction: The counties of Northern California (Zips: over 93501) and the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Hawaii.
Embassy of Switzerland, Washington, D.C.
Jurisdiction: District of Columbia, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska Virginia, West Virginia and U.S. possessions where Switzerland has no representative.
Sample Visa Application
For your convenience, the Office of Study Abroad has generated instructional materials that will help you with the process of completing the forms required for your visa. Feel free to use the following forms to assist you as your complete your student visa.Visa fees, postage fees and/or travel fees to secure a student visa in person are the responsibility of the student.
Please note: If you plan to study abroad in a country that requires a student visa,
you will be guided through the application process by the OSA staff. While the Office
of Study Abroad will assist participants about procedures and requirements, securing
a visa is an individual responsibility, and not one that OSA or Webster University
can or will assume. Webster University is not legally in a position to give any advice
on applying for a visa. If you need further information, please direct your inquiries
to the Swiss Consulate that serves your region.
If you need assistance with your visa application, you may seek help with a visa services company, typically for an additional fee. NAFSA, Association of International Educators, recommends Perry International located in Chicago.
Updated Flight Regulations
To obtain the latest information about what can and cannot be brought aboard a plane when traveling internationally, please visit the Transportation Security Administration.