An invitation letter will be sent to Non EU students to start visa application on france-visas.gouv.fr/en_US/web/france-visas.
NON EU students coming from a European university: a visa is mandatory because European residence card ONLY allows students to visit France for 90 days but not to study in France.
All students should follow Campus France procedures to apply for a study visa: www.campusfrance.org. Campus France will assist you step by step. If you need further information about the visa procedure in your country, please have a look to the French legislation online.
Please note that the visa application process takes at least 3 working weeks, so your early action is encouraged. The necessary documents required to apply for the visa may differ from one country to another. However, your passport, proof of accommodation and official invitation letter from the school are always among the required documents.
- If you are a citizen of a European Union country: you normally do not need a visa to study in France unless you hold a special status of citizenship or residency of another non-European country.
- If you are a citizen from a non-European country: if you come to France for your studies lasting more than 3 months, you will be required to hold a French long-term study visa. To obtain this visa, follow the online procedures on the official French visas web site.
A French study VISA is required for Non-European Union citizens studying in Europe with a Schengen visa or other European Country residence Permit.
- Post Masters & visiting students only: The acceptance letter required for the visa will be sent as soon as you have paid your deposit or the full tuition fee for the program. This letter proves that you have indeed enrolled in the academic course and specifies the dates of the program during which you will be staying in France.
There are three types of Student Visa, depending on the duration of studies in France, as indicated in the letter of enrolment.