France Student Visa Information

Visa Description

France is renowned for its rich cultural diversity and heritage. The high quality of education is also a primary reason because of which France has always been a favorite destination for the scientist, writers, artists from across the whole world. It is the world’s fifth-largest economy and also the fourth most popular destination for international students pursuing higher education.
If the student is a U.S. citizen over 18 years of age and intending to pursue an academic project for a period longer than three months, at a French higher education institution/university. They are initially required to complete the Campus France application process and then further apply for a student visa.
While if the student is not yet 18 by the time they want to leave France. They will need to complete the Campus France application process to study at the college level, but they will have to apply for a student visa for minors.
There are different application procedures for studying in France. It solely depends on what the applicant will be studying in France and how long they will need to to live in France to complete their education. It applies to the students enrolling for a degree, taking a short course, or registered in a French language class.

France Student Visa Categories

A French student visa differs depending on how long a student is planning to study in France. Following are the various types of French Student Visa.

  1. Schengen student visa (short-stay) If the applicant chooses a course of study which is less than three months and they already know that they won't be residing in the country longer than that, then the student should apply for the court séjour pour étude, otherwise known as the short-stay or Schengen student visa. This visa is issued free of charge and cannot be renewed.
  2. Visa to sit for the entrance examination If a student is traveling to France to sit in one or more university entrance exams, they can apply for the visa de court séjour étudiant concours, which means a visa for sitting in the entrance exams. If a student appear for the exam and pass, then the candidate is eligible to apply for a renewable, one-year residence permit.
  3. Temporary long-stay visa It is a temporary student visa that allows the candidate to take up further education in France for six months. Its also called visa de long séjour temporaire pour études. After having this visa, a student need not to have a separate residence visa.
  4. Long-stay visa The extended-stay VLT-TS or the visa de long séjour pour études permits a student to study in France for longer than six months. It functions as a residence permit and lasts for the entire study period (normally three years for a bachelor’s degree, two years for a master’s program and four years for a Ph.D.). The Algerian nationals do not require the VLS-TS visa, but they are subjected to several other provisions.

Application Process and Related Doumentation

An applicant is eligible to apply for the France Student Visa only after receiving the acceptance for a program at a French institution or university. For applying for a visa, a student will require to contact the French Consulate in the domestic country and provide them with the following documentation when requested -

  • An official acceptance letter onto an accredited course at a French institution/university. It should be on the officially headed paper of the respective institution comprising of all the details about the program of study along with the beginning and the end dates of the study.
  • Proof that the student has sufficient funds to reside in France. An approximate amount is €615 (US$820) per month, which can be displayed with a bank statement, a guarantor’s letter or a notice of funding from a loan, scholarship or grant.
  • An evidence of a return ticket back to the student's domestic country.
  • This is the actual ticket or reservation indicating the date of departure along with the handwritten statement of intent, including intended departure dates.
  • A proof of the health insurance or other medical certificates with a minimum cover of EUR 30,000.
  • An Address proof. It can be in the form of a student housing confirmation, a certificate of board and lodging or ‘attestation d’accueil’ (if the applicant is living with friends or relatives).
  • A valid proof of expertise in French, if they are studying a French-language course.

For students opting for Part-time jobs

As an international student, an applicant can take on any paid worker internships – 964 hours in a single year (about 60 percent of regular employment for an entire year) – while the student is still studying, as long as they own a valid residency permit. They can also work in the university or any other educational institutions, as long as it doesn’t affect their studies.


On arriving in France

On the arrival of any student in France with an extended stay VLS-TS, a candidate will require to send the official application which was presented to them as well as their visa permit to the French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII). This can be done by registered email, or personally if they reside in Paris. Along with the letter, the student should provide a copy of their valid passport inclusive of the pages indicating their identity and the stamp issued upon the entry into France. Once the authorities receive the application and copied passport pages, a receipt of confirmation will be sent along with further instructions. There may be an instruction to get a medical examination done if the student has not heretofore received one in their country of origin.
The students are expected to pay a tax of €58 (US$78) to handle administration costs.


Where to apply for the Visa Application

The France Embassy and Consulates in India are located at the following addresses:

  • MUMBAI

    • C/o Alliance Francaise de Bombay 40 New Marine Lines, Theosophy Hall Mumbai- 400 020
    • Telephone: 91-022-22091556
    • Email: mumbai@india-campusfrance.org
  • PUNE

    • C/o Alliance Française de Poona Off Senapati Bapat Road, Kala Chaya, 270-D, Patrakar Nagar, Pune- 411016
    • Telephone: +91-020-64017967
    • Email: pune@india-campusfrance.org
  • KOLKATA

    • C/o Alliance Française de Kolkata 217 AJC Bose Road, Kolkata- 700017
    • Telephone: +91-033-40064804 / 22815538-198
    • Email: kolkata@india-campusfrance.org
  • HYDERABAD

    • Alliance Francaise d'Hyderabad Plot No 4, Road No. 3, Aurora colony, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad- 500 034
    • Telephone: +91-40- 23554482
    • Email: hyderabad@india-campusfrance.org
  • AHMEDABAD

    • C/o Alliance Française d'Ahmedabad B/s Food Corporation of India, Himali Tower Lane, Manekbaug Shyamal Road, Satellite, Ahemdabad 380015
    • Telephone: + 91-079-26733801/ 267338 00/ 267339 00
    • Email: ahmedabad@india-campusfrance.org
  • CAMPUS FRANCE BANGALORE

  • CHANDIGARH

    • C/o Alliance Francaise de Chandigarh Sector -36 A, Next to Hibiscus Garden, Chandigarh- 160036
    • Telephone: + 91-0-172- 4020604
    • Email: chandigarh@india-campusfrance
  • CHENNAI

    • C/o Alliance Francaise de Chennai College Road, New No. 24/ Old No. 40 Chennai- 600006
    • Telephone: +91 44 42028773
    • Email: chennai@india-campusfrance.org