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Australian Study German in Switzerland

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I apologise in advance if this is a double up. I've been reading through the forums and it got a little overwhelming. So I thought I'd see if I got any clear answer from my post.

I'm Australian, I meet and fell in love with a wonderful Swiss man. We've been doing long distance for almost to 2 years (back and forth between our countries using tourist visas) and got engaged at the end of last year.

I'd like for us to live together before our marriage, preferably in Switzerland. I want to complete 9-12 months of German Language study in Switzerland (around Zurich where my fiancÚ lives) I believe it would assist me to integrate (at least help me to converse more with the in-laws at the dinner table ) and help in future with employment opportunities etc.

I'm aware of the requirements of the Longterm National D Visa (documents, financials, confirmation of enrolment, applying in Australia, then the local canton residence permit procedure) I've been able to clarify (hopefully correctly) that process on the forums and other websites.

But what I'd like to know if studying through a German language school qualifies me for a Long-Term D Visa?

Has anyone else had a student visa granted for studying German?
If so, is there a minimum amount of hours required? Or a school you could recommend that is good but still cost affective?

Again I'm sorry if I sound confused, it's cause I am.

Thanks in advance for any assistance
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Old 08.02.2016, 15:44
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Re: Australian Study German in Switzerland

Yes, it would though I don't know how many study hours your course would need to be to qualify.

If your application to the school is accepted then that will be forwarded on to the cantonal authorities to see if they'll grant you a permit to study here. At the same time you need to apply for a Type D visa at the Swiss embassy/consulate in Oz so you can enter Switzerland long term legally. If the study permit is granted then the visa will be stamped in your passport. Once you arrive here you then go to the cantonal migration office to get your pre-approved permit issued.

One thing to be aware of - you'll need to study at a language school in the same canton that your boyfriend lives in. Students generally have to live in the same canton that their school is based in - so you'd be limited to Zurich canton for study possibilities.
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Re: Australian Study German in Switzerland

Thanks so, so much Medea!! Your advice is much appreciated.

I didn't even consider the canton issue. He actually lives in Aargau so now we'll do more research into schools in the area. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.
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Re: Australian Study German in Switzerland

You will need to do a full-time course which is 20 hours a week. I have a Canadian friend who is doing an intensive course at EB Zurich on a 6-month student visa and recommends it. Personally I have also had good experience at Migros Klubschule, but your experience will largely depend on the teacher and the group. The school doesn't really matter that much.
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Re: Australian Study German in Switzerland

Another solution is to consider being a live out au pair depending on age and your tolerance of kids. A bit of pocket money but insist on an intense german course. Try and find a German family not Swiss as it will confuse your learning with Swiss deutsch in the back ground. More Aussies always welcome!
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You'll also need to show a considerable amount of of money to get a student residence permit, the course fees, plus enough money to support yourself for the duration of the course.
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You will need to do a full-time course which is 20 hours a week.
Thank you!!! I hadn't been successful in locating the hours per week and that info is great. Now I can start the search for the school.

Can I ask if your Canadian friend is over 30?? My fiancÚ called a couple of schools for me yesterday and one they said they think it's rare for over 30 to get student visa.

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You'll also need to show a considerable amount of of money to get a student residence permit, the course fees, plus enough money to support yourself for the duration of the course.
Is this something you've had to do? If so, do you know how much would be an estimate for a year?

I have thought about this (I have savings) but my fiancÚ was going to go sponsor in addition to me showing I can support myself financially. Not sure if that's something that helps?

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Is this something you've had to do? If so, do you know how much would be an estimate for a year?

I have thought about this (I have savings) but my fiancÚ was going to go sponsor in addition to me showing I can support myself financially. Not sure if that's something that helps?
Not personally, but it is discussed a lot on here..

e.g.: Financial Proof for Student Visa

I'm not sure what they accept.
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Thanks Island Monkey, I'll check it out.
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Thank you!!! I hadn't been successful in locating the hours per week and that info is great. Now I can start the search for the school.

Can I ask if your Canadian friend is over 30?? My fiancÚ called a couple of schools for me yesterday and one they said they think it's rare for over 30 to get student visa.
No she's in her 20s. I guess if you call immigration in Bern, they will be able to help you on visa matters.

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Another solution is to consider being a live out au pair depending on age and your tolerance of kids. A bit of pocket money but insist on an intense german course. Try and find a German family not Swiss as it will confuse your learning with Swiss deutsch in the back ground. More Aussies always welcome!
Au pairs must live with their families, they can't live out. And non-EU nationals have to be employed via an approved Swiss agency such as Profilia or Perfect Way - and be between 18 and 25 years of age.
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Re: Australian Study German in Switzerland

Thanks everyone for your help, much appreciated.

We are now up to the point where submitting and I'm drafting my 'motivation letter' I know it's a big ask but I'm wondering if anyone would have any suggestions that would relate to our scenario to make it sound more professional?

I'm Australian, engaged to marry a swiss man. Accepted into a school in Aarau, finances are all ok. Got all the required evidence for the visa. It's just down to the letter. I want to study German to live with my fiancÚ before marriage, to learn the language, culture and see if I can assimilate into day to day life in Switzerland.

You might ask why don't we just get married straight up if we are engaged, great question! We want to live together first. We've been doing long distance for over 2 years with a maximum of 2 months together at a time. We want to make sure we are still compatible long term (we believe we are but this would give us the time to be sure before marriage).

I've got 9 months paid leave from work and my learning german would help our future after marriage (friends, family, job etc)

So if anyone has a great way to spin that, I'd be ever so grateful.
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