HOW TO APPLY FOR A STUDENT PERMIT
The system is mostly designed for international schools and universities – for the purposes of this think of us as the school you and you as the student.
You can only apply for a student permit if you are booked on an extended package.
If you are on a course lasting under 90 days you cannot be issued with a Student Permit.
We ask you to supply all the paperwork to us via email around 6 to 8 weeks before your course starts.
We need everything at the same time – that way we can submit everything to the authorities and spot any problems and get them resolved before they become an issue.
Once you arrive you will need to go to the permit office in Verbier within 14 days of arrival – we will help arrange this with you.
Remember: these are official government documents so please make sure they are correctly and clearly filled in. Also don’t be surprised if you need to submit the same information on different forms…
Here are details of what you need to send and do. See the sections below for full explanations of each one.
Getting a permit starts by filling in the Peak Leaders application form.
Just click the blue arrows (➚) to open the linked file in another window.
Remember: Please always try to fill in your forms digitally. This means we can edit the form if you make a mistake but also it means you don’t print it, handwrite the information and then scan it – which can lead to issues of legibility for the Permit Office.
- Fill in the Peak Leaders Application form online and choose your package
(click here) ➚
- Proof of Health Insurance
- Complete and sign a Permit Application form
(Saas Fee ➚)
- Complete and sign an Arrival Questionnaire
(Saas Fee – not required)
- Provide proof you have adequate funds
(eg. a bank statement showing 2’400 chf for each month of your course- about 7’200 chf in total funds)
- Complete the proof of funds form
(Saas Fee ➚)
- Copy of your passport
(valid for more than 3 months after the intended end of your stay)
- Letter of motivation
- Letter agreeing to leave Switzerland after the course
After that you will help you arrange the following when you arrive:
- We provide proof of your enrolment
- We provide proof you have paid in full
- You must go to the local Commune and pay 147 CHF within 14 days of the course starting
- You must go to the Canton office in Sion to get ‘biometric data’ and pay around 20 CHF
ADDRESSES IN SWITZERLAND
The forms ask for a Swiss address and a correspondance address.
1 THE PEAK LEADERS APPLICATION FORM
To get a Student Permit you need to do a course longer than the normal 10 week course.
This is not our choice but a Swiss legal requirement.
So please fill in the form and choose your packages. Once you have sent that then you will need to get the documents below together.
> FILL IN THE FORM
2 YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE
This is the biggest factor. So it should be the first one to get sorted.
You either need:
- A Swiss Health Insurance Policy
- A GHIC (or an EHIC that is still valid)
- A foreign policy BUT the insurer has to sign a form – see below
The GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card) is the best route. You can use an EHIC (European Health Insurance card) if it is still valid.
This is a normal GHIC – not a specialist student one.
We have been told by the Federal government office for public heath that:
The new agreement between UK and Switzerland, which entered into force on the 1.11.2021, has the following consequence: Students from UK who are insured by the National Health Service in UK (NHS), who have the UK, the EU or the Swiss nationality and who come for a few months for studies in Switzerland can use their GHIC from UK for medical treatments in Switzerland. Also EHIC from UK can be used, when they are still valid. NHS will take the costs via “die internationale Leistungsaushife”.
The Commune and Canton authorities accepted the cards as soon as the statement above was made.
But if you can’t get a GHIC/EHIC, then you will need to get a Swiss policy for the duration of your course. Which just requires some forward planning.
We can help you find one, but expect to pay around 230 chf to 280 chf per month for the duration of your course.
Or you could (theoretically) use a foreign policy – but the insurer has to sign this form.
(So far we haven’t found any insurers prepared to sign this, so it’s an unlikely solution.)
Please note you will still need personal liability and travel insurance – even if you have either Swiss health insurance or an EHIC/GHIC.
3 THE PERMIT APPLICATION DOCUMENT
This is dead simple – but in French or German.
You should already know all the information so see the explanation in the forms below and click the link to fill in your own form.
Our explanation is done on the French version of the form, but the layout is the same for both the German (Saas Fee) and French (Verbier) versions.
EXPLANATION OF REQUIRED INFORMATION:
OPEN THE VERBIER DOCUMENT ➚
OPEN THE SAAS FEE DOCUMENT ➚
4 THE ARRIVAL QUESTIONNAIRE
This one is in English and you can complete it digitally (as long as you can sign documents on your computer – if not you will need to print and scan).
This is basic information plus a load of stuff for the Swiss national office of statistics.
OPEN THE VERBIER DOCUMENT➚
(NOT REQUIRED FOR SAAS FEE)
5&6 PROOF OF FUNDS
This is simply to prove you can support yourself financially. You will need a bank statement in your name that shows you have enough savings for the course.
A PDF of a statement or something formal is best – a screen grab (especially from a phone) might get rejected.
The bank document must include the name, amount and date clearly.
We have been told to allow 2’400 chf per month (about £1,900).
So for a 10 week course you should show around £4,500 – £4,800.
PS the Verbier form says “Work Permit” but they use it for the Student Permit applications as well.
EXPLANATION OF REQUIRED INFORMATION:
OPEN THE VERBIER DOCUMENT➚
OPEN THE SAAS FEE DOCUMENT➚
7 COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT
This is the last bit – please make sure your passport is valid 3 months after your anticipated departure date. We expect this to be checked more and more at the border but it is also a requirement for a Student Permit – a permit won’t be issued if you don’t have enough time remaining on your passport.
8 LETTER OF MOTIVATION
This is simply a brief letter that outlines why you want to come to Switzerland to study. It can also be in English but we recommend supplying an English version and a translation into French if you can (try the deepl.com website).
The letter needs to persuade someone you have chosen Switzerland (and Verbier) for a reason – not just on a whim.
You also must explain why you are taking these exams. Usually trainees want to teach straight away, but maybe you want to teach in the future?
After all, even at University many trainees come back to teach in Switzerland during the high season when you have holidays (and when permits are available again).
So persuade them you will use this qualification.
WHAT SHOULD YOU SAY?
You definitely should include the following but in your own words:
- That this is part of an educational pathway – leading to a career in snow sports (either in or out of Switzerland)
- That you have booked with a Swiss company
- That your BASI exams are scheduled to run in Verbier
- That you want to train on the same slopes as your exam terrain
- That your qualifications are recognised in Switzerland
(even though you cannot currently work here)
- That you want to train with coaches qualified in the Swiss and British systems
We suggest it should also include some or all of the following information (but generally speaking the more reasons the better):
- If you have skied in Verbier before
- If you have skied with any Peak Leaders coaches before
- If you want to learn French
- If you want to learn about Switzerland and the Valais area
- Switzerland and Verbier are a major centre for BASI exams
- If you have a property in Verbier or Switzerland
- If you have any family connections in Verbier
And please remember to sign it…
You simply need to supply a simple CV that covers your education, your employment but crucially any skiing related history.
Please refer to the guide to writing CVs in the Employment Section of the Members Area.
However make sure any of the following are very, very clear and at the top:
- sporting history
- sports qualifications
- ski qualifications
- coaching qualifications
- ski racing history
Remember, GCSEs might seem important, but in this context any coaching badges are equally important – if not more important.
Make sure they don’t get lost in a jumble of other information.
10 Letter agreeing to Leave Switzerland
This seems to be required to prove you will not over-stay in Switzerland or try to work illegally here. It doesn’t effect your Schengen rights.
We suggest you paraphrase this (and also please make sure you sign and date the letter):
To whom it may concern,
I confirm I will leave Switzerland after my course is completed this winter and I will not over-stay.
I am aware I am not legally entitled to work in Switzerland and my Student Permit does not afford me any working rights.
Naturally I will still use my 90 day allowance for time in the Schengen area if this is applicable.
A qui de droit,
Je confirme que je quitterai la Suisse à la fin de mon cours cet hiver et que je ne dépasserai pas la durée du séjour.
Je suis conscient(e) que je ne suis pas légalement autorisé(e) à travailler en Suisse et que mon permis d’étudiant ne me donne aucun droit de travail.
Naturellement, j’utiliserai mon allocation de 90 jours pour le temps passé dans l’espace Schengen si cela est applicable.
PROOF OF ENROLMENT, PAYMENT, ETC
This is a letter we supply. So don’t worry about this and we will give you a paper copy when you get here.
If you have all the documents on the list above ready, please just send it all to us at email@example.com and in the subject write “Student Permit” then your course location and then your name.
Eg: “Student permit – Verbier December start – John Jones”.
We can then get the application ready and if you need Swiss health insurance we can put you in touch with a few providers.