Foreign students planning to study in a French school must complete the administrative procedures for their stay in the country. See the https://www.universite-paris-saclay.fr/en/e-international-welcome-office website to know the administrative procedures to follow for your stay in France.
Foreign students residing in countries that are not members of the EEA (European Economic Area) planning to study at the INSTN must complete the administrative procedures for their stay in France.
These procedures are in two stages:
Foreign nationals from outside the EEA must obtain a passport and a visa:
Remember: in France, current legislation forbids changing a “tourist” visa into a “student” visa.
The extended stay “student” visas are issued to foreign students who want to continue their studies in a public or private higher education institution. This visa is valid for 12 months and allows students to request a residency permit upon arrival in France.
In the 3-months following their arrival in France, students must send information on their personal status and their place of residence in France to the Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration (OFII) and also undergo a statutory medical examination (cost €55).
Important: securing this visa is linked, in particular, to having sufficient funds to live in France. The minimum amount of funds is set by each French embassy.
Visa applications must be submitted to the French consular services in the country of residence at least 3-months before the planned departure date (cost €58). In some countries, processing student visa applications is only done online: see the CampusFrance website.
Once arrived in France, the visa enables students to obtain a temporary residency permit, which is compulsory for all foreign nationals wanting to live in France once the visa has expired (12-months).
Documentary proof of studies: this supporting document can be the positive response to a prior admission request, or a pre-registration certificate to the INSTN. The document must specify the level of studies and the chosen programme.
Proof of financial resources:
Documentary proof of address: this document is not systematically requested. Please refer to the Embassy or Consulate.
The extended stay visa is valid for 12-months and a residency permit is only required for students wanting to continue their studies in France beyond this period. For this, they must complete the necessary procedures at a Prefecture nearest to their place of residence in France at least 2-months before their visa expires.
This residency permit is only valid for one year and must be renewed on presentation of a registration certificate at the university.
Documents required to apply for a residency permit:
Remember: when you arrive in France, make an appointment quickly as waiting times to obtain residency permits can sometimes be long in the suburban Paris.
Branch offices of the Crous d’Aix-Marseille have been opened to receive foreign students:
French websites can provide you with all the information you need on procedures and conditions of study, etc.