Before You Arrive: Travel and Visa Information

Visa Application

It is important to apply for your student visa at least 8-12 weeks before the start of your course at your local Swiss Embassy/Consulate.

To apply for a student visa, the following is required:

  1. 3x visa application form, duly completed, dated and signed (available at the local Swiss Embassy/Consulate)
    Visa Application Form
  2. 4 recent passport-size photos in colour (must adhere to Schengen requirements)
  3. Valid passport
  4. School confirmation letter
  5. Proof of financial resources (bank statement of the applicant or applicant’s parents)
  6. Diploma/certificates of completed studies with an official translation
  7. English certification (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge, etc.)
  8. Résumé (curriculum vitae)
  9. Motivation letter and study plan
  10. Written confirmation that the applicant will leave Switzerland after the requested stay

Visa requirements vary for each country so you should check with the Swiss Embassy/Consulate in your country before applying. More information on visa application

After students’ arrival in Switzerland, the school will obtain necessary permits for study and work placement.


Pre-departure Sessions

Organised by the local representative across many countries, for students to meet each other and to receive a briefing on how to prepare for their stay in Switzerland.


Arrival Time/Dates

Check-in weekend begins at 1pm on the Friday of the induction weekend. From this time, students will be able to move into their accommodation and have their meals at the school.

Students should not arrive at school before this time. If it is unavoidable to arrive before Friday, students will be required to arrange their own accommodation.


Transfer from Geneva Airport

For students arriving at Geneva airport, the school can arrange a transfer. For more information please contact your local representative or the admissions office. It is important that your arrival details are communicated as soon as possible upon scheduling and no later than two weeks before the beginning of term to the following email address:

The following information should be supplied:

  • Ms/Mr, student first name and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Arrival date
  • Arrival time
  • Airline and flight number
  • Arriving from
  • Destination: school and course
  • Any flight connection:
    airline, flight number and airport

Geneva airport also has its own railway station.

For train schedule and prices, please check the website:


Welcome Desk at Geneva Airport

Swiss Education GroupOver the induction weekend, a Swiss Education Group welcome desk operates at Geneva airport (Friday 8 am until Sunday evening, 6 pm). Located next to the custom clearance, the desk is marked with the Swiss Education Group logo.

Senior students and/or staff will welcome students at the desk, help them to buy their train tickets and ensure that they take the correct train to Le Bouveret or Brig. It takes approximately two hours to Le Bouveret and two and a half hours to Brig.


Transfer from Zurich Airport

Zurich airport has its own railway station in Basement 2 of Terminal B. It takes approximately one hour to Lucerne, two and a half hours to Brig and 4 hours to Le Bouveret. Subsequently, if students are travelling to our 'Le Bouveret' Campus, we recommend that they book their flight through to Geneva even though they may stop over in Zurich. Train tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter in Basement 1 or ticket machine before boarding the train and all major credit cards are accepted. For train schedules and prices, please check the following website :

Please note that transfers are not organised from Zurich airport.


Arrival by Car

For those arriving with their own transport to Le Bouveret, check your itinerary on Google.

For those arriving with their own transport to Lucerne, check your itinerary on Google.

The check-in at the Brig campus takes place at Themis & Xenius, where most students also reside. The address is Spitalstrasse 3, 3900 Brig. Check your itinerary on Google.


Induction Weekend

During the induction weekend, students will be involved in an orientation programme. This gives an introduction to the programmes and lifestyle at school.

A series of checkpoints are set up to help students get acquainted with the school.

We strongly recommend that students arrive no later than 4 pm on Saturday (induction all day Sunday).

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