Students from the EU are not required to obtain a student visa to study in Switzerland, although they still need to provide the same documentation in order to study in the country.
Before applying for your student visa you need to have an acceptance letter from the university of your choice, which is no easy feat as Switzerland has some of the best universities in the world.
Once you have this then you need to apply for either a C-visa which allows you to stay in Switzerland for up to 3 months and is ideal for short courses; or a D-visa which is for courses which last longer than 3 months.
When your acceptance letter comes through you will need to speak to the Swiss consulate in your country to begin the visa application process. This should be done promptly as processing time for a D-visa is up to 10 weeks.
The documentation needed for your visa application includes the acceptance letter along with proof of payment of application and tuition fees; a confirmation statement that you will leave Switzerland upon completion of your studies, proof of means of financial support along with a valid passport and up to date CV.
The majority of Swiss universities have their own student accommodation which is available to international and domestic students alike at a subsidised rate.
There is the option of a private accommodation option which is popular with students in Switzerland who want to live together off-campus, although prices for this accommodation is significantly higher than accommodation through the university.
Homestay is also another option for international students who want to experience the Swiss culture through the lives of a genuine Swiss family.
Most Swiss universities will have housing and accommodation departments to help international students find appropriate housing.
Applications to Swiss universities need to be made directly to the university via their websites once you have paid the application fee and added the required supporting documents.
These required documents include a signed printout of the application form, copy of identity document, official academic transcripts and equivalents and a language proficiency certificate for the language your are studying in, which will usually be French, German or English.
At most universities in Switzerland, the annual tuition fee for international students is between 819CHF and 1261CHF per year with some exceptions depending on where and what you intend to study.
There are scholarships available to help you offset the cost of the tuition fees, EU students can also benefit from scholarships from the EU government to help them if accepted.