Process to obtain French Student Visa for international students
International students who are not from Europe (that is, students who are not nationals of the
countries of the European Economic Region plus Andorra, Monaco, Switzerland, San
Marino, and Vatican City) must obtain a long-term visa marked "student" in order
to study in France for longer than 3 months.
International students of all nationalities enjoy the right of multiple entries
into France. Once granted, their visa is automatically renewed for the duration
of their studies in France.
visa exists for prospective students. The so-called étudiant-concours visa is
granted for stays of no more than 90 days for the purpose of taking an entrance
examination or visiting institutions of higher education. Prospective students
who pass their examination receive a full student visa without returning to
their country of origin. The prospective student visa also may be granted to
students whose admission to a higher education institution is contingent upon
their completion of a short course of remedial or refresher work.
a visa, visit the French consulate in your place of residence or the visa office
of the French embassy.
Two points to remember
- Under no circumstances may a tourist visa be converted into a student
visa. This is true throughout the European Union.
- International students of all nationalities intending to stay in France
for more than 3 months must obtain a student identification card.
What documentation do I need to get a visa?
The passport must be valid for the entire period of validity of the visa.
Proof of enrollment
The following documents will be accepted as proof:
- An offer of preliminary admission
- A statement of pre-registration in a public or private institution of
higher education. The document must specify the level of study and the
student's subject. If the institution is private, the statement must indicate
the number of course hours and state that registration fees have been been
paid in full.
Proof of financial resources
Each French embassy sets the level of financial resources to be demonstrated by
prospective students from that country. The amount is on the order of 3,000
francs for each month to be spent in France.
- Students receiving scholarship grants must produce a statement
indicating the amount and duration of their grant on the letterhead of the
- If the required resources are guaranteed by an individual residing
in France the student must produce a signed statement of financial
responsibility, a photocopy of the national identity card of the guarantor, and
proof of the guarantor's own financial resources (such as the guarantor's three
most recent pay stubs and most recent tax return).
- If the resources come from abroad, the student must demonstrate
that a bank account has been opened into which the necessary funds will be
deposited and produce a promise of payment, translated into French and bearing
the authenticated signature of the individual responsible for making the
payments, or a statement of payment of funds from the authorities of the
student's country of origin.
Proof of insurance coverage
Proof of insurance must be provided by students over 28 who are nationals of
a country that does not have a reciprocity agreement with France or who are
enrolled in an institution that is not recognized by the French government to
participate in the student health insurance plan.
Minors (individuals under 18 years of age) must furnish proof of consent by
the person or persons having parental authority.
In some cases, the consulate may require proof of vaccination (e.g., against
yellow fever, cholera…) before a visa will be issued.
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