Structure of the OSA

Structure of the OSA



Having the legal form of a foundation under private law, the OSA does not have any affiliated members. In order to maintain close links with the 762,000 Swiss Abroad and to perform its role as effectively as possible, it is based on 750 Swiss societies abroad which themselves elect representatives from their country of residence once every four years. These are the delegates of the Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA), often called the parliament of the Swiss Abroad. Made up of 140 members – 120 delegates from abroad and 20 members from Switzerland – the CSA is the OSA's highest body.


The OSA's Executive Board, consisting of 11 members, most of whom are Swiss Abroad, is the organisation's executive body. It prepares the work of the Council (CSA) and represents it externally. Finally, the Secretariat of the Swiss Abroad has 24 staff and carries out day-to-day tasks.


The OSA also houses two partner organisations under the roof of its headquarters in Berne. These are educationsuisse, which deals with 17 Swiss schools abroad and provides advisory services on education and training and assistance with grant applications for young Swiss people wishing to come to Switzerland for their education. There is also the Foundation for Young Swiss Abroad (FYSA) which organises holiday camps for children aged from 7 to 14. 





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Switzerland Tourism Swiss Care Lotteriefonds Kanton Bern Area of the Swiss Abroad Terre des Hommes Burgergemeinde Bern FDFA people2power Swiss Post Swiss Path Swiss Travel System City of Bern City of Bern Pro Patria Canton of Bern Swisscom iO soliswiss Zürcher Kantonalbank




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