Re: American going for a masters in CH
Good luck! I just moved from Boston, well, Cambridge, 5 days ago. The visa process was "really" special to get here- a surprise, actually, when I got it. Plan enough time to mail your travel docs (passports and apps) R/T to Swiss Consulates NYC office, otherwise it will be the Fungwa and a 2 day trip to NYC to submit and receive them back.
In the meantime, enjoy the dirty water a bit longer!