All students must have a valid passport to travel outside the United States. If you have not yet applied for your passport, visit https://www.usps.com/shop/apply-for-a-passport.htm 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, Chicago*
Jurisdiction: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, 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, Kentucky, Maryland, 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.
At the end of June 2014, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago will close.
From January 1, 2014, all visa-related services and all consular services (issue of passports and identity
cards, changes in civil status, registrations, etc.) will be carried out by the Consulate
General of Switzerland in New York and the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington.
As of this date, the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York will be responsible for consular matters concerning Swiss nationals living in the states of Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin and the Embassy in Washington will look after the consular matters of Swiss citizens living in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
Please note: 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.