International Students Office

If you are an international students planning to attend or already attending International Business Academy of Switzerland, then you will find resources and services here to support you throughout your time as an IBAS student.

What can we do for you?

  • A Covid-19 Certificate is Required
  • Valid Duration of Certificate:
    • 365 days for vaccinated people
    • 180 days for recovered people
    • 48 or 72 hours for negative tested people
  • Fee for Covid-19 Certificate in Switzerland: CHF 30 (non-Swiss resident)
  • Vaccines accepted:
    • • Comirnaty®/BNT162b2/Tozinameran (Pfizer/BioNTech)
    • • Spikevax/mRNA-1273/COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna)
    • • Vaxzevria®/AZD1222/Covishield™ or other licensed products (AstraZeneca)
    • • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
    • • SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (Vero Cell) (Sinopharm/BIBP)
    • • CoronaVac (Sinovac)

Age Requirement: 18 to 30 ages

Financial Requirement: CHF 21000 in bank account

Academic Requirement:

  • to study a Bachelor degree: a High School or Senior Secondary School diploma
  • to study a Master degree:  a Bachelor degree or equivalent
  • to study a Doctorate: a Master degree or equivalent

English Requirement:

  • to study a Bachelor degree: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
  • to study a Master degree: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • to study a Doctorate degree:  IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • Valid National Passport
  • Picture of Applicant (passport size)
  • Visa Application Forms
  • Motivation Letter (purpose, future plan and reason for studying in Switzerland)
  • Declaration Letter (declaration & commitment to leave Switzerland after graduation)
  • Applicant’s CV
  • Admission Letter from IBAS
  • Finance Requirement:
    • Bank statement of the applicant
    • Written confirmation letter of sponsor (case-by-case)
    • Copy of passport of sponsor (first & last page) (case-by-case)
    • A solvency proof of sponsor (case-by-case)
    • Bank account statement of sponsor for last 3 months (case-by-case)

Prospective students must apply for a Swiss Student Visa at the Swiss Embassy in your home country.

After receiving all the necessary documents from IBAS Admissions Office, students must schedule an appointment with the Swiss Embassy to submit their visa application.

The student must submit all required documents and attend an interview at the Swiss Embassy.

Students must show a minimum of 21,000 CHF in their bank account at one of the Swiss approved banks. Click –> Authorised-Banks

All visa required documents must be in English or officially translated in English and notarized.

Students must inform the Admissions Office after they have submitted all the required documents and attended the interview at the Swiss Embassy in their home country.

It takes a minimum of 2-to 3-months to receive the Swiss Student Visa result from the Migration Office in Switzerland.

The Admissions Office will follow-up with the IBAS School Secretary to check on the status of the student visa with the Migration Office in Switzerland.

If the Migration Office in Switzerland needs more information, the Admissions Office and IBAS’ School Secretary will support the student in preparing any needed information and provide a letter to the Migration Office.

When the Migration Office approves the student visa:

  • The Admissions Office will inform the student and Finance to issue the student an invoice for the 2nd total fees payment.
  • The balance of your total fees must be paid after IBAS has presented a proof of your visa confirmation but not later than 4 weeks prior to the term commencement date.

Upon receiving full payment, IBAS will issue a Confirmation of Full Payment (CFP) letter and will send it directly to the Swiss Embassy in your home country so you may receive your visa stamp. After that, you may book your flight ticket.

Kindly contact IBAS Admissions Office to arrange your arrival date before purchasing the flight ticket. The Admissions Office will prepare an arrival plan once the student purchases the flight ticket to Zurich airport, where we will be waiting to welcome you and transfer you to IBAS’ campus and then to your dormitory.

Upon arriving in Switzerland, the Registrar will send information of class schedule, training plan, resources (if any), guidelines of Registrar, etc. to students.

Your International Education Experience Begins …

When the Migration Office approves the student visa and you have paid your fees, IBAS will issue a Confirmation of Full Payment (CFP) letter and will send it directly to the Swiss Embassy in your home country so you may receive your visa stamp. After that, you may book your flight ticket.

Kindly contact IBAS Admissions Office to arrange your arrival date before purchasing the flight ticket.

The Admissions Office will prepare an arrival plan once the student purchases the flight ticket to Zurich airport, where IBAS staff will be waiting to welcome you and transfer you to IBAS campus and then to your residence.

Upon arriving in Switzerland, the Registrar will send information of class schedule, training plan, resources (if any), guidelines of Registrar, etc. to students.

Your International Education Experience Has Began …

According to Swiss immigration laws, students must register within 7 days upon arrival at the local Gemainde (municipality).

IBAS will assist students will this process.

Upon the request of an international student, IBAS will assist in securing a translator if needed.

IBAS will assistance students with purchasing proper Swiss health insurance from a list of approved Swiss health insurance providers.

Students are must to purchase Swiss health insurance within 3 months upon arrival.  IBAS encourages students to purchase health insurance as soon as they arrive into Switzerland.

If students need assistance with purchasing travel card (transporation), bank account etc. they may request assistance with IBAS secretary.

International Students
International Students

IBAS provides information about local customs and culture.

IBAS students can go to any doctor in Canton Zurich, but IBAS students prefer the Airport Medical Center as they are open 365 days a year from 7.30 till 19.00 and speak English.

Airport Medical Center – SERVICES
We treat all diseases, chronically ill patients and emergencies.
Our cross-linked range of services – the combination of basic medical care and specialists in one place – enables comprehensive patient-oriented medical care.

https://www.airportmedicalcenter.ch/home-en.html

Airport Medical Center

MEDICOPRAXIS Thalwil
Bahnhofstrasse 12, 8800, Thalwil

http://www.medicopraxis.ch/

Praxis in Centrum
Alte Landstr. 130
8800 Thalwil
https://www.hausarzt-thalwil.ch/

praxis website

IBAS assists all students in locating and renting rooms in student dorm facilities in the surrounding area.

Studentenhaus-Danho – We rent fair and simply furnished rooms for students and doctoral students from all over the world. You can find our apartments at three different locations. Student have access to the following in the building sport facilities/fitness center, social room, terrace with barbecue grill place and religious room, large and cozy dining room with coffee machine (coffee, tea, coffee cream and sugar are available for free), TV room, reading room and table tennis room.

Studentenhaus-Danho consists of 3 buildings as follows:

  • STUDENTENHAUS VINZENZ – Loorenstrasse 74, 8053 Zürich
    • 129 simply furnished single and double rooms in Zurich’s district Witikon
  • Studentenhaus Flühgasse – – Flühgasse 32, 8008 Zürich
    • 63 rooms, some with lake
  • Studentenhaus Anna-Stockar – – Anna-Stockar-Weg 15, 8702 Zürich
    • 25 simply furnished single and double rooms, some of them have a beautiful lake view

Please see photos under gallery and common areas at https://studentenhaus-danho.ch/

Note: IBAS students prefer Studentenhaus Danho because it doesn’t require deposit and the termination period is only 1 month

Dorms

Studentenhaus-WOKO

There are over 3,500 rooms available in 65 properties throughout the cities of Zurich and Winterthur. All the properties can be reached very easily by public transport and the majority are conveniently located near one of the university campuses. They range from houses in the older part of the city with simple furnishings to purpose-built student residences and complexes with a modern infrastructure.

  • FUHRSTRASSE 2, 8820 WÄDENSWIL
    • The old timber-framed house on Fuhrstrasse offers luxurious accommodation for 15 students. The property was remodeled in 2019 and equipped with new sanitary facilities. The mix between listed furnishings and modern furniture, makes this property a new gem. The common areas are furnished – the rooms unfurnished.

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residence

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For International Student Living in Switzerland and Attending Class at IBAS Campus

Required documents to apply for extending visa should be sent to Gemeinde 3-months or the latest 2 weeks before expiring old visa. If a student doesn’t follow the required due dates, then the school secretariat will report such case to Migration.

Required documents:

  1. personal visit to Gemeinde with valid passport and old visa permit card
  2. application form for L visa prolongation (form must be filled and signed at Gemeinde)
  3. admission letter from IBAS
  4. valid rent contract (please be aware it’s not recommended to change the address during the process of visa prolongation)
  5. financial statement / financial means of livelihood * (details see below)

Gemainde checks all required documents (as above 1 – 4) and sends it to Migration’s Register to Zurich, Berninastrasse for final processing. Migration will contact you soon to prove your financial statement.

Please note that Migration’s Register Zurich can always ask students additional questions about the school or living in Switzerland. It’s highly recommended to cooperate and abide by the given due dates and answer all questions to avoid any misunderstandings and not to delay the time of the whole visa prolongation process.

Answers to additional questions from Migration Zurich can be sent by the student or by an authorised person (if power of attorney is given ) via post or as PDF file to Migration’s email info@ma.zh.ch. Please always attach the given ZH-number of student’s file.

For Onsite IBAS Students Leaving Switzerland Permanently

Students who intend to leave Switzerland permanently are required to “deregister” at the local Gemeinde (municipality).

  • 2-4 weeks before leaving Switzerland deregistration in Gemeinde (municipality) is needed.

Old residency permit card must be given back to Gemeinde (municipality) at the end of residency.

Gemeinde (municipality) also requires the new address in new country of residence, so all documents, bills etc., will be sent to student after his/her departure (e.g., the end of year heating cost calculation and so on).

Official letter of deregistration from Gemeinde (municipality) shows the date of end of residency in Switzerland.

  • The official letter of deregistration is critical since it’s required to cancel services such as utilities, mandatory medical insurance, cell phone contracts, etc. and receive reimbursements for any services a person may have pre-paid.

Students will likely be required to show the letter of deregistration to Customs, if they are moving to another country with household items, so as to avoid paying import taxes on private possessions.

  • Letter of deregistration also dictates when a person is no longer liable to pay into Swiss taxes.

Termination notice on a student’s rental property must be submitted in time.

End date of residency permit reflects the end date of Admissions letter.

If student finish his/her study in IBAS earlier than end date shown on his/her residency permit, then the school secretariat has to report the student’s leaving from IBAS to the Migration office.

Notice agreement between student and the school is appreciated.

EVENTS FOR NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Attending a new university can be a challenge. Let the International Students Office help you in this transition. We organize events targeted to first-year international students to help you get oriented for your first year on campus.

  • New International Student Luncheon – Enjoy a delicious lunch with new and seasoned international students and IBAS faculty and staff

  • Orientation – is designed to help students dive into the IBAS experience, meet other new students, and build up study strategies needed for a smooth start.

  • The Buddy System – New international students are teamed up with 2nd and 3rd year students to assist with settling into IBAS student life.

  • Campus & Surrounding Area Tour – Get to know your surroundings inside and outside the campus with a seasoned student tour guide

  • Preparing for Your First Year – Get familiar with starting university! Learn about IBAS’ various resources and get the answers you need to start your first year confidently.

  • Support Throughout First Year – Get the help you need to progress successfully through your first year and make the most of your experience.

  • Local Language Classes – IBAS offers local language classes. In Switzerland, international student may need to learn German to intern at companies or international students may wish to improve their English language skills.

  • Student Clubs – IBAS offers student clubs based on the interests of students.  Here are some student clubs: Club for Social and Cultural Events, Debate Club, Vietnamese Club, Malaysian Club, The Tourist Club, Entrepreneurs Club, Public Speaking Club, Dance Studio, Book Club, Food Club, Hiking/Skiing Club. Is there a club you would like to start, just ask.

    To see more information about Student Clubs visit Thalwil Campus (Zürich Canton)

International Students Luncheon