Independent Work Abroad in Switzerland

The Independent Work Abroad in Switzerland program provides work authorization for U.S. citizens who are recent college graduates. Participants find their own host companies and negotiate the terms of employment. Work authorization (Stagiaire visa) can be provided for up to 18 months. Start dates are flexible.


Program Benefits

  • Assistance during the application process
  • Pre-departure information mailing
  • Work authorization services
  • MER insurance coverage (at an additional cost of $10 per month)
  • Support throughout the program in Switzerland and the United States
  • Re-entry information and tips on marketing international experience to U.S. employers



  • U.S. citizen
  • 18–35 years of age
  • Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Work experience in a related field (your host company will determine what is sufficient)


Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please apply at least 12 weeks prior to your desired start date.

For more information, please contact