Entry and Registration
Students from EU and EFTA countries need but a valid passport. For students from the new EU states, transitory regulations apply. Please contact the Swiss embassy or consulate in your country for information about the immigration procedure. Students from countries with a visa requirement need to apply for a visa at the Swiss embassy or consulate general of their home country at least three months before entry. Please note that students from the above mentioned countries can not be matriculated at the University of Zurich without having a valid visa.
After having entered Switzerland, all students are required to register at the local residents’ registration office (“Kreisbüro”) in their neighbourhood of residence. Students living outside the city report to the registration office of their local authorities. You will need a valid passport, two passport-size photographs, confirmation of matriculation from the University of Zurich, and a visa if required. A residence permit and a foreigner’s identity card will be issued four to six weeks after registration. Both registration and identity card are liable to a fee.