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Student Visa (D) Duration Including tourism

Hi All,

Apologies if this addressed in another thread, but i haven't seen anything specifically addressing my concerns YET.

I'm an American awaiting approval of my student visa. Per my request, my intended stay is 6 months as my study program is just over 5 months- I requested to enter the country a month before the program starts. If the 8 week turn around period for the visa holds true, i will rec'v feedback/approval within a couple weeks of the requested entry date... ever hopeful!

My questions stems from the fact that recently, my non-American citizen friend entered the US for a 2 month study program and per his visa he was permitted to stay for a total of 5 months. As you can tell, a three month "tourist period" was added to his visa validity.

As an american I am allowed in Switzerland up to 90 days with out visa, aka as a tourist. If I am participating in a 5 month study program, will I be able to remain in the country for a total of 8 months due to a three month tourist period added? Do the authorities usually build in the 90 day tourist period?
If you've given yourself enough time prior to your study start date, is it typical to have any type of "grace" period before and after studies to remain within Switzerland?

My intution tells me that it is highly dependent on my proof of funds, but any additional experience or knowlege is greatly appreicated!

Thanks!
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