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Visa Information for Students

What is a visa?

A visa is a passport stamp or document that authorizes the passport holder to enter a country for a specific purpose and particular period of time. Every country has different visa policies and arrangements with every other country. Different types of visas are available for different purposes; common types include tourist visas, student visas, or business visas. Different visas last for different durations of time. Visas are issued through the embassy or consulate of the appropriate host country. The process is extensive and can take up to eight weeks (or more) to receive your visa. To avoid early expiration, the consulate will issue your visa no more than 90 days prior to your program's departure.

Do I need a visa?

Academic Year, Fall Only and Spring Only Programs:

  • If you are a U.S. passport holder, you must obtain a visa before arrival in Lausanne.
  • If you are a non-U.S. passport holder, you may be required to obtain a visa. To learn if you need a visa, locate your home country on this list and look to the fourth column ("Visa required for stays of more than 90 days"). More information about how to obtain a visa will be sent to you by the IP Office.

Summer Programs:

  • If you are a U.S. passport holder, you do not need to obtain a visa before arrival in Lausanne, as you will remain in the country fewer than 90 days.
  • If you are a non-U.S. passport holder, you may be required to obtain a visa. To learn if you need a visa, locate your home country on this list and look to the third column ("Visa required for stays of up to 90 days"). More information about how to obtain a visa will be sent to you by the IP Office.

How do I obtain a visa?

Learn how to obtain a visa by attending the mandatory visa workshop for your term:

Spring Only 2022

Wednesday, September 8th from 8:30am to 10:00am.

An invitation for the virtual workshop will be sent to all Spring 2022 Lausanne students. 

Summer 2022

There is no workshop for Summer 2022 students. Summer 2022 students from the USA are not required to obtain a visa for the term. If you are not a U.S.-passport holder and must obtain a visa, the IP Office will distribute information to you by the end of the fall semester.