Why study in France?
If you wish to study in France, then you can take advantage of France’s higher education system that provides outstanding services in all fields and at all stages of learning. There are over 3,500 higher education institutions in the country, covering a wide range of subjects. These include colleges teaching Engineering, Business Management, Tourism and Social Work, Culinary Arts and Hotel Management.
- Visa application form for France study visa
- Age over 18 years
- 2 passport size photos
- A valid passport and copies of your previous Visas if any
- Official Letter of Acceptance/Enrolment from the University in France
- Evidence of monetary means for covering all expenses during the period of study
- Air flight reservation/ticket with the date of departure
- Medical insurance that can cost around € 311 – € 714 yearly
- Documents that state the arrangement for accommodation during your studies
- If you have enrolled in a course taught in French, you will need proficiency certificate for the French language
- Evidence of payment of Visa fees
- If applicable, proof of civil status
Working while studying
The law allows international students on a France student visa to work for a total of 964 hours per year, or 60% of the regular working hours in France. Part-time employment would not be enough to cover all of the costs, but it can be considered as a supplementary income.
Eligibility conditions for students
- Must be over 18 years of age;
- A training course not exceeding three months makes students eligible for a short-stay visa;
- For a training course exceeding three months or six months, students will be issued a temporary long-stay visa, which will require no further formalities on their arrival in France;
- For training or a course exceeding six months, students will be issued a long-stay visa, equivalent to a residence permit, which will be subject to further formalities on their arrival in France.
Post study visa options
- Upon completing the studies in France, Bachelor degree holders can stay in France only if they have a work permit; the students pursuing Masters from France can apply and get a temporary residence permit – APS (Autorisation Provisioire de Séjour), for a period of 24 months.
- Students can get 2 years extended Schengen visa if they hold a masters or PhD or post-graduate degree from a French institution.
If a student is able to find an employment that is with more than 1.5 times of the minimum wage guarantee, s/he is eligible to apply for a Work Permit which is the primary requirement to get a European Union Blue Card (Permanent Residence).
|QS World |
|University Name||QS World |
|50||Université PSL||299||Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne|
|65||Ecole Polytechnique||305||Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan|
|75||Sorbonne University||348||Université de Strasbourg|
|137||CentraleSupélec||422||Université de Montpellier|
|153||École Normale Supérieure de Lyon||453||Aix-Marseille University|
|221||Sciences Po||478||Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA)|
|239||Université Paris-Sud||489||University of Bordeaux|
|263||Ecole des Ponts ParisTech||521-530||Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III|
|289||Université Grenoble-Alpes||531-540||University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas|
|295||Université Diderot Paris 7||571-580||Université Paris Descartes|
When can I apply for the student visa for France?
Only once you have received acceptance onto a program at a French institution will you be eligible to apply for your student visa for France.
In order to apply for your visa, you will need to contact the French consulate in your home country and provide them with the following, when requested:
- An official acceptance letter for an accredited program at a French university.
- Proof of sufficient funds for living in the country.
- Proof of a return ticket to your home country.
- Health insurance policy proof (minimum coverage €30,000, US$40,150).
· Proof of accommodation is required.
· If you’re taking a French course, you’ll need proof of your French language proficiency.
What are the steps to apply for France student visa?
- Through the official website of the French consulate in your city, you may schedule an in-person interview/appointment.
- Examine the online calendar for available dates and times.
- Make the appointment at least 90 days before your trip to France.
- Pay the visa processing fee, which ranges between 50 and 100 euros depending on your nationality.
- Wait for the visa to arrive. The length of time it takes to process your application is determined by your ethnicity, the number of students applying for a visa at the time, and other factors. The faster you begin the process, the better.
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