Jobs in Switzerland for International Students

Jobs in Switzerland for International Students
Students at the Rolex Learning Centre (the library & study area of L'Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Switzerland is an expensive places to live in, even if the tuition fees of universities are affordable. It would cost you anywhere between CHF 11,500 to 18,000 (INR 7,93,145 – 12,41,445) per year to live here.

International students studying in Switzerland have the option of going for part-time jobs in order to earn a little extra to support various expenses. In fact, the student residence permit allows for profit-earning activity, as long your university provides a statement confirming that your employment will not prolong the length of your studies.

As an international student in Switzerland you are legally allowed to work for not more than 15 hours per week (i.e. around 2 hours per day.) During the vacation period you may work full-time but only if you’ve been living in the country for at least 6 months. You can earn anywhere between 20 – 26 CHF an hour, which would mean you can easily cover your living expenses if you land a steady part-time job in Switzerland. Typical job options available include those as a teaching assistant in universities or lab assistants etc.

Job Hunting

Jobs can be found in local newspapers, specialized magazines and specialized websites.
Links to finding part-time jobs:


It is easier to find employment in the large urban centers like Geneva and Zurich. Each university has a job placement office that provides information on student employment.
As there is no central job searching tool covering all Swiss universities, it is necessary to consult each university’s databases. You will find direct access to each university’s database of job vacancies under the section working in research.

Career services of Switzerland’s Universities

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