Students from the European Union (EU) or European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
You must have a valid passport or identity card to study in Switzerland. You do not need to complete any formalities before you arrive in Switzerland but you must report to the Bureau du contrôle des habitants in the administrative district where you are living, in person, within 14 days. At this point, you can submit your application for a residence permit, bringing at least two passport-size photos with you, along with your passport or identity card.
This will cost between CHF 15 and CHF 30, depending on the district, for the registration fee and CHF 65 for the residence permit fee.
For more information, please see the following link.
Students from countries outside the EU or EFTA
You must have a valid passport and, according to your nationality, a visa issued by a Swiss consular representation abroad in order to enter Switzerland. Please consult the Swiss Confederation internet site to find out whether you need a visa or not.
If so, you will therefore need to submit an application for entry into Switzerland (visa application) to the relevant representation abroad at least two to three months before you plan to enter Switzerland.
Once you have your visa, you must report your arrival to the to the Bureau du contrôle des habitants in the administrative district where you are living, in person, within 14 days. You must submit an application for a residence permit, bringing your passport and a passport-size photo with you.
Link to the "Etat de Vaud" official web site (with all useful forms for work and residence permits".
Download the non-EU resisence permit application form below.
These formalities cost between CHF 15 and CHF 30, depending on the district, for the registration fee and between CHF 105 and CHF 117 for the residence permit. Later, you will be asked to register your biometric data with the biometrics centre. The fee for this is CHF 20, payable at the centre.