My school just sent me a form (in French) titled Autorisation Habilitant Les Representations Suisses A Delivrer Un Visa (AE). It has some French text that I don't understand (image here: http://imgur.com/43SDtcJ
). Is this telling me anything important? And what do I do now to get the actual visa?
Also, I'm planning to go to Switzerland as a tourist a month and a half before the visa period starts - if I have this visa in my passport for a later period, will I still be able to get in as a US tourist (no visa required)? Do I have to leave Switzerland and re-enter when the visa period starts?
Thanks so much.