Now that you’ve made the decision to study abroad in Paris, it is important to prepare for your stay.
First you need to get your visa to be able to enter the country legally.
Please make sure you obtain the proper visa (visa de longue durée) before leaving.
Any student whose papers are not in order at the time of arrival will be required to return to their country to rectify the situation, as any inappropriate visa cannot be modified once you are in France. Contact the French Embassy nearest to your place of residence for the visa application and the list of documents that must accompany your request for visa (birth certificate, health insurance certification, statement of financial support, etc.).
All American students planning to study in France will be required to register with CampusFrance, an organization housed in the French Embassy in Washington D.C.
1-Please click on this link to obtain information about applying for a student visa step by step: http://www.usa.campusfrance.org/en/page/applying-a-student-visa-–-Step-step-0 (read the entire section ! ) (NB: The last part of this article called “You have arrived in France! – Bienvenue!” will be taken care by MICEFA).
2. Now that you understand the process better: Let’s start !!! ==> http://www.usa.campusfrance.org/en/page/students-already-accepted
If you have questions and they haven’t been answered by our FAQs or Campus France USA AND/OR your assigned French Consulate Website, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.You need to go to the French Embassy in Canada of your area (choose below).
2. Follow procedure.
Residents of Ontario and Manitoba:
Consulate General of France in Toronto
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 2200
Toronto, Ontario M4W 1A8
(416) 847 1900
(416) 847 1901
Residents of Québec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Labrador, and Nunavut:
Consulate General of France in Montréal
1501, rue MacGill College, bureau 1000
Montréal, Québec, H3A 3M8
(514) 878 4385
Residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Saskatchewan:
Consulate General of France in Vancouver
1130 West Pender, suite 1100
Vancouver, Colombie Britannique V6E 4A4
(604) 637 5300
(604) 637 5301
Besides waiting for your appointment at the consulate, you can get acquainted with the French Parisian universities and get familiar with what life in Paris entails. Also reading the MICEFA Welcome Packet Online, visiting our website and starting to read newspapers on the internet could also ease out your integration into the Parisian society.
APPLYING FOR A VISA
Is a student visa required?
Less than 90 days: No longer required for U.S.-passport holders. Students of other nationalities should contact the appropriate French Consulate to determine whether or not they will need a visa to study in France.
Over 90 days: A visa is required for all students. E.U.- and E.E.C.-passport holders are exempt from this requirement.
All following questions and answers apply to long-stay visas (over 90 days).
What is the process for applying for a student visa?
Before applying for their visa, students must first complete an on-line application with Campus France.
Once Campus France has validated a student’s dossier, they may proceed with their visa application.
What are the requirements to obtain a student visa?
While most student visa requirements are similar from consulate to consulate, the student must check the appropriate consulate’s website for the exact requirements. An interactive map with links to the individual French Consulates in the United States can be found on the Embassy’s website at: http://ambafrance-us.org
Does a student have to appear in person at the Consulate to obtain a student visa?
Yes, all applicants must appear in person at the Consulate to submit biometrics.
Can a non-U.S. citizen apply for a student visa through a consulate in the U.S.?
All students at a U.S.-based institution may apply, however, nationals of other countries must be in possession of a valid visa to re-enter the United States after their time in France.
How long does a student visa take and when should my student apply?
The Campus France process takes at least three weeks and the Consulate process take a minimum of two weeks. The application process can begin no sooner than 90 days before the departure date. It is strongly recommended that students begin the process at the earliest possible time in the event of unforeseeable delays.
Will consulates make exceptions and allow for emergency applications if a student is leaving sooner that than the standard processing time?
Unfortunately, there is no means by which a student’s application can be expedited. CampusFrance does not begin to review the case until the stated three-week processing time has elapsed. Unless you choose the option of three days processing which will increases the fee.
The student cannot get an appointment time at the consulate in time for departure. How can the student get an earlier appointment?
It is recommended that the student first sign up for the earliest possible open appointment. The student may regularly check the consulate’s website for cancellations. When there is a cancellation, an earlier appointment time will become available. It is important that the student check the website multiple times per day because the openings will be claimed quickly by others seeking to advance their appointment. The consulate appointment system uses passport numbers as reference numbers and only one appointment can be assigned to a passport number. This means that students, and in particular those who may need to change their appointment, need to be careful to keep their appointment confirmation number as this is the only way to access the system to change or cancel an appointment.
Once your file has been processed and you have received the letter of acceptance, you will receive an email with the dates and the instructions for a placement test. This test will help us guide you in your university and course selection.
The written French placement test will be conducted/received via e-mail off site and will take place during the following dates:
You will need to confirm your test date and e-mail address no later than ….. to email@example.com. You will also be provided with a time slot upon your confirmation by our language coordinator via e-mail. The oral French interviews will be held on site in Paris on a date that will provided at a later date, you will be provided with your oral French interview appointment at orientation.
Following the 1st part of the placement test, each student will receive an email providing the date and time of their academic Skype© appointment with MICEFA’s Academic Director. During this appointment you will discuss your intended academic program at the Université de Paris, consult course listings and make known any specific course requirements you may need to fulfill. Students must download Skype in advance, if you have any questions or concerns about downloading the Skype© software please feel free to contact MICEFA directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. To prepare for this interview you should compile a list of the courses you are required to take and also take the time to browse the different websites of the French University partners which you can find on our website.
Airport Shuttle services are available between Paris and both airports (Charles de Gaulle-CDG and Orly). Travel can be reserved days, weeks or months in advance, but reservations must generally be made at least 48 hours in advance. When arriving at the airport you must call a special toll free number (before picking up your baggage) and you will be given a meeting point at your terminal. Once the shuttle arrives it will generally complete its circuit of the airport to pick up other passengers (as the bus does) then it will drop you off at your final destination in Paris. When going towards the airport you will be given a pickup time that will guarantee your arrival at the airport and the required amount of time before your departure.
The cost is about 19 Euros ($25) if you are at least two people going to the same address, or 25 Euros (about $32) if you are alone. You first need to call them at the airport or reserve through their website.
Here are a few companies to choose from:
13-32euros (depending on number of people)
You must make on-line reservation in advance. Then before collecting your baggage at the airport, call their toll free number from any public phone in order to confirm your arrival. Next make your way to the arranged meeting point.
ROISSY CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT
-Terminal 1: Gate 16 at the Departure Level
-Terminal 2-A, C, E and F: Gate 8
-Terminal 2-B, D: Gate 10
-Terminal 3: Main Exit
Depending on your destination address, the transfer will take 60 to 90 minutes.
cost is around 13-31 euros (depending on the number of people)
Be sure to book on-line at least 48h before arrival. BEFORE getting your luggage please call their toll free number - 0 805 807 809 – (10 digits) to inform them of your arrival. You won’t need any telephone card or change. Just pick up and dial from any public phone in the airports of Charles de Gaulle and Orly.
Drivers will be waiting for you at the following places:
CDG Terminal 1 – Gate 16 at the Departure Level
CDG Terminal 2 – A, C, E and F: Gate 8
CDG Terminal 2 – B, D: Gate 10
CDG Terminal 3: Main Exit
ORLY South: Gate E
ORLY West: Gate H
The vans are yellow with the logo: YellowVanShuttle.com
17-27 euros (depending on number of people)
Reservations for booking a shuttle service can be made online up to 24 hours before your arrival in Paris. For last minute bookings, please call their office in Paris on +33 1 43 65 55 55 (7/7 from 7am to 11pm).
You will need to keep a copy and bring with you all of the documents required for obtaining your visa, including your financial documents, acceptance letter, copy of health insurance policy, etc. These documents are often required for any official applications including your residency paperwork once you arrive in France. Maintaining a file with the originals and a copy will save time and energy.
Certificat de scolarité
You have each been issued a MICEFA certificat de scolarité to aid you in your visa application. Please note, we are required to list a university on this form. This is NOT your definitive university placement. Once you arrive and have been tested into a language level and have met the MICEFA Academic Director, your final university placement will be made onsite.
National Student Health Program
As required by the French government, non European-Union Students under the age of 28 are required to subscribe to the national health insurance program (referred to as sécurité sociale et santé des étudiants or Mutuelle des étudiants). This entitles the student to a reimbursement of up to 70% of the standard price of medical expenses. Prescriptions, eye glasses and dental are subject to a different rates. The national health insurance will be purchased upon arrival. Students under the age of 28 may purchase this insurance through two student sponsored providers: LMDE (http://www.lmde.com/) or SMEREP (http://www.smerep.fr/) for a flat fee of 215 euros. The student will be covered from the beginning of the academic year until the 30th of September of the following year. The insurance is not pro-rated; students on a semester or year exchange will be charged the same rate. Non European-Union Students over the age of 28 or a European citizen may contact MICEFA at email@example.com
As an exchange student, while abroad, students should also apply to a complimentary health insurance policy before arrival in France. This complimentary insurance should also cover emergency evacuation and repatriation. Students may inquire with their home university’s study abroad office for complimentary health insurance enrollment information.
Please plan your budget accordingly.
You will need up to 5 ID-size photos (face shots, no profile, no head covering) for various documents and your student card. We suggest you wait to get these photos upon your arrival in France. This will ensure that you get the proper format (as well as save a few pennies – this type of photo is much cheaper to obtain in France, 5 euros).
Approximate Amount in Euros
|Airport Connection||30 to 55|
|Housing : security deposit and 1st month rent||1000 and above|
|Housing : Insurance||20|
|Communication : cell phone & internet||70|
|Social Security Plan+ personnal liability insurance||230|
Paris can be an expensive city for students but according to QS best student cities rankings, Paris is always amongst the top cities in the world for student for the past four years. If you want to know why click here: http://www.topuniversities.com/best-student-cities. Paris is actually an affordable destination thanks to students discount pricing with transportation, student restaurants and even various cultural activities (museum, theater, cinema ..). Please find the cost of living spreadsheet here : MICEFA Cost of Participation
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