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.
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.
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 -
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 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.