France offers various study visas for students depending on how long they have to stay abroad.
If you have been thinking of applying for a study visa in France, but are unsure which one to apply for, check out this quick guide to get a French study visa.
Qualifications to get a French Study Visa
To get a French study visa, you must qualify for the following conditions:
- Individuals over 18 years of age
- You have already chosen study or training program abroad
- You have already been accepted by a higher education institution (HEI)
Types of Visa for International Students
Schengen Area Student Visa
This visa is typically issued for individuals who want to tour Europe’s Schengen areas, visit their families or go for business trips. However, it can also be used by international students who want to stay and study in France for up to 90 days.
Temporary Long-Stay Student Visa
This type of visa is offered to students planning to study in France for three months up to six months maximum.
Long-Stay Student Visa
Also known as VLT-TS, this is a study visa that is equivalent to a residence permit for students who have to stay in France for more than six months. Most of the time, this visa is for students studying for a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. in France.
Digitization of Visa Application
Before you can apply for a French study visa, you need to have already passed your chosen institution’s application process. After getting your letter of acceptance, there are various ways you can apply for a study visa, and it will depend on your country.
Option 1: Call Your Country’s French Embassy
The first option you can do is to call your country’s French Embassy so they can assist you in your visa application. In most cases, if you have to go through your country’s French embassy, it means you have to set an appointment for when you can submit your requirements. The Visa application fee may differ, but the average cost is EUR 99.
Option 2: Through France-Visa
The 2nd option is to apply for a visa through the French government’s website, France-Visas.
Since April 2021, the French government has decided to make things more digital. However, there are some countries where the online visa application is not yet being implemented. Those fortunate enough to avail of this service only need to follow these steps:
- Complete their online visa application, and upload their documents online
- Submit their passport and completed form at the designated collection center
- Wait for the decision and check once in a while online
- Retrieve their passport once they pass their visa application
Visa Documentation Requirements
The following are the needed documents students should pass as part of their visa application online:
- Acceptance letter from your institution
- Proof of sufficient funds for living in France
- Proof of return home ticket or handwritten statement of intent (including departure date)
- Medical insurance
- Proof of accommodation
- Proof of language proficiency (English or French)
Waiting for your French study visa would usually last three months.
Want to start your study abroad journey in France? Check out MSM Unify’s article on Top Universities for International Students in France to begin.