- The type of visa you may need depends on the length of your programme:
Students arriving for short programme (less than 90 days) should apply for a short-stay visa valid for the Schengen area. Nationals of many countries will not require a visa for a short-stay programme: please verify with Campus France
- Students of all nationalities willing to study in France for more than 90 days need a long-stay student visa with residence permit (VLS-TS). The VLS-TS is generally delivered for one year and is renewable in France at the end of that period if the student is enrolled in full-time education in France.
Depending on your nationality, the VLS-TS will either be applied via your local Embassy/Consulate or, in the 31 countries where there is a Campus France office, the visa will then be issued by Campus France through the CEF procedure.
- Remember that the visa is only valid for entry into France (in the case of a short-term visa, a single-entry is permitted, whilst the VLS-TS extended student visa is a multi-entry visa): long-term students will also require a residence permit in order to legally stay in France.
- Once you have obtained the letter for enrolment and paid the deposit:
- If you are from one of the following countries: Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo Brazzaville, South Korea, Ivory Coast, USA, Gabon, Guinea, India, Japan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Marocco, Mauricius, Mexico, Peru, Senegal, Russia, Syria, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam, you will have to register with your local Campus France office to apply for admission and obtain a student visa. (https://www.campusfrance.org/fr/procedure-etudes-en-France)
- If you are not from a country in the above list, you should contact the French embassy in your country. Please note that citizens of the European Economic Area, Andorra, Monaco, Switzerland, San Marino or the Vatican do not need visas. It will take approximately 2 months to obtain your visa.