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Old 10.08.2012, 22:15
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Age-limit on student visa?

Hi all,

I'm new to the forum and look forward to learning more about Switzerland through everyone's posts!

I do have a question I was hoping for some guidance on:
I recently applied for a student visa in Switzerland (Fribourg). I would like to do research in the country for my graduate degree, and decided the student visa route was the most sensible one, considering that I am a student in the U.S.

I received a letter from the authorities which stated that, normally, student visas are not issued to applicants age 30 and above who already have advanced degrees, or education.

Any idea or advice as to what I should do in this situation? I was not aware that student visas are age-restricted in this way. I can continue with my application, and they are still requesting a letter of motivation.

Any thoughts, or experiences with student visas would be helpful, and greatly appreciated!
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Re: Age-limit on student visa?

Hi bescherelle,

I'm also an American with a student visa living in Basel CH, however I'm under 30yr old. It was easy for me to get the visa(just a lot of paperwork and fees).

I have never heard of that problem before. I would talk to the university that you are getting the visa with. They should be able to write a letter that explains the situation.

Of course you can always stay for 3 month on a tourist visa(u most likely already know that.)

Sorry I can't be much more of a help.

Let me know if you want anymore info.
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Re: Age-limit on student visa?

Thanks very much for the reply, sawgo12.

Yes, the process has been a lot of paperwork so far, and the authorities have quite a lot of info on me at the moment (including a formal invitation letter from the university I'd like to affiliate with).

I think that the issue is that I'm going there to do 'research' about Switzerland.... so this doesn't really fit into any of the visa categories comfortably, i guess.

Could I ask how much you paid in fees? The canton is asking for 95 CHF if I'm not mistaken... just for comparison..

Could I also ask what field you're in?

Thanks for your time.
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Re: Age-limit on student visa?

Hello,
I know you posted this issue over two years ago and I am hoping that you ultimately got your student visa to study in Switzerland. I got the same letter from the Cantonal office in Fribourg, regarding my age and requesting that I write a motivational letter in French or German. I am a US attorney and I want to do Master of Laws in International Law at the University of Fribourg. The school finds this a bit strange. What was the ultimate outcome of your situation and how did you solve it ? you can respond to me [via private message] if need be.

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Re: Age-limit on student visa?

30 does seem to be the cut off age, so you need to write a letter expaining why you want to do the course. See Article 7 of this document.

Règlement du 3 avril 2006 concernant l'admission à l'Université de Fribourg

http://www.unifr.ch/rectorat/reglements/fr/aca.php
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Re: Age-limit on student visa?

Wow, how ageist is that!? Plenty of people study after they are 30
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