Visa and Entry Requirements for France Education
- Have you got accepted to a university in France? Then bonjour! my friends you are on a journey to a fantastic study abroad destination.
- If you are a EU national then good news is on the cards, you do not need a visa to pursue your education on France.
- If not the case, then follow the below listed steps to travel to France with ease.
Decide on a Course/University and attain an acceptance letter for French visa
- You must first decide on course and then apply for the university of your choice.
- Find the right kind of university depending on the course you want to study.
- Make sure to apply for many universities, because chances are that your choice university might not accept you.
- Once applied wait for an acceptance letter from the university
Apply for right type of French Visa
- Once you receive the acceptance letter from the concerned university you can proceed with the visa application procedures.
- Find out which type of visa you need to apply for, since there are number of visas to enter France.
- There are three major types of visas for students which are:
- Schengen’ short-stay student visa (3 months visa, ideal for short term courses and do not need a residence permit for the same)
- Temporary long-stay visa (3-6 months, ideal for long term courses and need to apply for a residence permit which is not renewable)
- Long-stay visa (for entire duration for your course, 3 years for Bachelors, 2 years for Master’s and 4 years for a PhD)
Where to apply for the French visa
- You can apply for visa at French consulates in your home country or area or through Campus France.
- Some countries require you to apply through Campus France first.
- You must schedule an in-person appointment with the French consulate via official website of the consulate.
- Make sure to schedule an appointment date 90 days prior to your departure to France.
- You can get your visa in 5-7 working days.
Language requirements for a French visa
- You need to provide language proof of:
- French language proficiency if you opt for French taught courses (accepted tests are DELF/DALF or TCF)
- English language proficiency, if you opt for English taught courses (accepted tests are: IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge)
- Note that if you have an acceptance letter from a French University then the French consulate won’t require any additional language proof.
Documents applied for your French visa application
- Visa application form
- Two passport type photos
- Valid passport and copies of your previous visas
- Official enrolment or acceptance letter from the university
- Proof of financial means to cover all your expenses during your study (approx.€615/month)
- Airline ticket/reservation showing date of departure
- Medical insurance with a minimum cover of €30,000.
- Documents stating the accommodation arrangement during your studies
- French language proficiency certificate
- Proof of payment of the visa fee
Apply for Residence Permit
- Your first year of study does not require a residence permit and you will require only the French student visa as proof of your residency.
- You need to register at the local French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) and have a medical examination to validate your visa.
- If you plan to stay in France for more than a year then you need to apply for official residency card.
Other Essential Information
- You can work during your course of study pertaining to few rules and regulations which include:
- Allowed to work part-time if you have valid residency permit.