France Student Visa

France Student Visa

france student visa

Capital : Paris

Languages : French , English , Spanish , German , Italian.

Official Currency : Euro

Major Cities : Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice, Nantes, Strasbourg, Montpellier

France at Glance

France is one of the biggest countries in Europe and one of the founding members of the European Union. France has a population of about 60 million inhabitants, which means that they are the 20th most populated country in the world. The French economy is very large, ranking number seven in the world. This is mainly due to the very high GDP per capita, which means that the living standard of Frenchmen is very high. A negative aspect of the French economy is the quite low economic activity rate and a quite high unemployment rate.

French people have a life expectancy of almost 80 years, which is very high. Some argue that this also has something to do with the French red wine. At least, this statement is a good excuse for everybody who likes to enjoy a glass of wine. Another reason for the high life expectancy may be the quite low AIDS rate. Also the greenhouse gas emissions are quite low on a per capita basis. The school life expectancy is very long in France, while the tertiary education enrollment rate is not that good.

France is the second largest economy in Europe and the fifth largest in the world, with an estimated GDP of US$ 2.74 trillion in 2013 (IMF). With 65 million residents, France ranks second in Europe for consumer market, and has direct free access to the European market, the world’s most important consumer market.

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Mainland France is located in Western Europe. France is a vast country with a variety of landscapes. The country’s overseas territories in South America, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean differ vastly in physical features. Mainland France lies between the Mediterranean Sea to the southeast and the Bay of Biscay and English Channel to the north and west. Paris is the capital city of France. Covering a total area of 211,209 square miles, France is the largest of the European Union members. From coastal plains in the north and west to mountain ranges of the Alps in the south-east, the Massif Central in the south-central and Pyrenees in the south-west, France encompasses a variety of landscapes.

France is about 80% the size of Texas. In the Alps near the Italian and Swiss borders is western Europe’s highest point—Mont Blanc (15,781 ft; 4,810 m). The forest-covered Vosges Mountains are in the northeast, and the Pyrénées are along the Spanish border. Except for extreme northern France, the country may be described as four river basins and a plateau. Three of the streams flow west—the Seine into the English Channel, the Loire into the Atlantic, and the Garonne into the Bay of Biscay. The Rhône flows south into the Mediterranean. For about 100 mi (161 km), the Rhine is France’s eastern border. In the Mediterranean, about 115 mi (185 km) east-southeast of Nice, is the island of Corsica (3,367 sq mi; 8,721 sq km).

For detailed information please visit : Geography of France


Three types of climate may be found within France: oceanic, continental, and Mediterranean. The oceanic climate, prevailing in the western parts of the country, is one of small temperature range, ample rainfall, cool summers, and cool but seldom very cold winters. The continental (transition) type of climate, found over much of eastern and central France, adjoining its long common boundary with west-central Europe, is characterized by warmer summers and colder winters than areas farther west; rainfall is ample, and winters tend to be snowy, especially in the higher areas. The Mediterranean climate, widespread throughout the south of France (except in the mountainous southwest), is one of cool winters, hot summers, and limited rainfall. The mean temperature is about 11° C (53° F ) at Paris and 15° C (59° F ) at Nice. In central and southern France, annual rainfall is light to moderate, ranging from about 68 cm (27 in) at Paris to 100 cm (39 in) at Bordeaux. Rainfall is heavy in Brittany, the northern coastal areas, and the mountainous areas, where it reaches more than 112 cm (44 in).

Reference : Climate of France


Most people associate French culture with Paris, which is a center of fashion, cuisine, art and architecture, but life outside of the City of Lights is very different and varies by region.France doesn’t just have different cultures; the word “culture” actually comes from France. “‘Culture’ derives from the same French term, which in turn derives from the Latin colere, meaning to tend to the earth and grow, cultivation and nurture,” Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London, told Live Science.
Historically, French culture was influenced by Celtic and Gallo-Roman cultures as well as the Franks, a Germanic tribe. France was initially defined as the western area of Germany known as Rhineland but it later came to refer to a territory that was known as Gaul during the Iron Age and Roman.

For further information, please visit Culture of France


French Cuisine the term, is somewhat of a misnomer, because the word ‘cuisine’ is the French word for kitchen [not about food itself]. Americans however generally think of ‘French Cuisine’ as being really great French food. With that in mind, this section includes several subjects that we cover in our ‘Gourmet Food’ section including: basic cooking methods, French ingredients, great traditional French recipes, setting up a kitchen, and kitchen pantry, how to tips on for the great Chefs techniques, Cooking Trips to France, cooking with fresh herbs, English to French culinary words and phrases, and the world of French cooking made easy.

French cuisine has a rich history, and like many other native cuisines, French cuisine owes it development to brilliant chefs as well as the some helpful influences from neighboring countries. It can be assured that French cuisine will continue to evolve and change and that in years to come brilliant French culinary experts will continue to push the boudaries of the culinary world. Like many cultures it has taken many years for the French to perfect their cuisine, with each generation adding something new to the mix. Yet it is because of the chefs of the past generations that a country’s cuisine can develop to what it is now.

For further information, please visit Cuisine of France

France is the world’s fifth-largest economy, thanks to the quality of its educational system and the national capacity for research and innovation. You too can reap the benefits of France’s long tradition of scientific research and technological innovation. Millions have already made that choice. Right now, more than 280,000 international students – 12% of the nation’s post secondary enrollment – attend universities and other institutions of higher education in France.

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The country holds a position of prominence in mathematics and sciences which include physics, genetics, medicine, biology and astrophysics. This scientific community has received 26 Nobel prizes in the last century. Additionally, France’s technological achievements such as the Airbus, Concorde; the smart card, and the fully automatic rapid transit system, Val – make France an attractive destination for young scientists.

Unparalleled Cultural Capital:

International students who choose to come to France also speak enthusiastically about the numerous attractions of France’s rich heritage: museums, theaters, opera, films, wine making, gastronomy and the road side cafés. Not to mention the popular monuments- castles of the Loire region, Versailles, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. The French language which is spoken by 270 million people across 5 continents adds to the cultural capital students acquire during their stay in France.

A World of Options:

Indian student’s have a wide choice of programs and specializations to choose from in France. In fact, France hosts more international students than any other country except the United States and the United Kingdom. France’s diversified network of more than 3,500 institutions of higher learning, both public and private, and its internationally renowned research centers deliver high quality educational programs giving international students ample options to pursue their higher education. The network comprises 88 universities, about 240 engineering schools or programs, more than 200 schools of business and management, 120 public art schools, and 20 schools of architecture. In addition, more than 3,000 specialized schools and institutes provide instruction in specific fields, such as social work, paramedical specialties, tourism, sports and physical education, fashion, and design.

Financial Support by French Government:

More than a fifth of France’s national budget is devoted to education. France’s central government defrays a very large share of the true cost of education at public institutions —between €6,000 and €15,000 per student per year—thereby reducing the student’s tuition burden to as less as €250-€500. Additionally the French government grants numerous scholarships to international students through embassies in their respective countries. For example the French Embassy in India awarded 7.1 crore Indian rupees (1.1 million Euros)to more than 300 meritorious Indian students who will pursue a specialized Masters degree in France.

For further detailed information please visit Study In France

The French education system is split into three stages: primary school, secondary school (collège) and high school. Primary and secondary education is free, neutral, secular and compulsory between the ages of 6 and 16. However, there are some private schools that are not subject to these obligations and particularities of the French education system.

Primary School

The main objective of the primary school is for the children to achieve a standard for acceptance into the first year of the Middle School or College. The primary school lasts for five years and from ages 6 – 11.

Secondary School:

Primary school gives way to the College (equivalent to secondary school) for the ages of 11 – 15. Subjects are taught by specialist teachers, foreign languages are offered and daily homework becomes serious. In the second year of college, Latin is offered to the brighter students and physics and chemistry are introduced. The third and fourth years of college culminate in the Brevet a national examination which it is necessary to pass to continue into the Lycee and Second.

High School:

From the ages of sixteen to eighteen, pupils attend the Lycee, which teaches an academic three-year course in higher education leading to a specialized baccalaureate or ‘bac’ examination. Pupils are guided into three basic specific subject areas based first upon academic strength and then upon personal choice. A bac ‘S’, possibly the most prestigious, specialises in maths and sciences, a bac ‘ES’ in economics and a bac ‘L’ in languages and literature.

Bachelor Degree:

Success in the baccalaureate exam gives an automatic entry into university. For example, anyone with a bac can begin studying medicine but 90% do not manage to continue past the second year exam. French parents pin their hopes on their child not attending university but gaining a place at one of France’s 500 grandes ecoles, considered far more prestigious than university with the possible exception of the Sorbonne. These ecoles train France’s elite and have the best resources. A diploma from the ENA (National School for Public Administration) or the Science Po in Paris guarantees an influential managerial or administrative position in the private or public sector. And lack of such a diploma makes it almost impossible to secure one of those positions.


Students may earn a doctorate in engineering after 3 years of successful work in the laboratory of an engineering school, often in cooperation with industry

Reference : Education System In France

Aix Marseille:



Bordeaux: (Pres University of Bordeaux)


Clermont – Ferrand (Pres Clermont University)


Creteil: (University of Paris East)


French Guiana:

French Polynesia:


Lille: (University Lille Nord de France):


Lyon – (University of lyon):


Nancy – Metz:

Nantes – (University Nantes Angers Le Mans



New Caledonia:

Paris (Paris Institute of Technology)








Toulouse – (University of Toulouse):



The major intake in France is September and February.

Entry Requirement

IELTS score of 6.0 bands is required for taking an admission in any of the french institutions. Most institutes are comfortable with the level of English and do not necessarily ask for a TOEFL or IELTS (some exceptions exist, especially if they cannot ascertain the level of linguistic competence of the student in a telephonic interview)

For more details on IELTS, please visit British Council IELTS and IDP British Council
Required Documents

  • Passport copy.
  • Resume/CV.
  • All Academic Documents.
  • SOP.
  • Admission Letter.
  • Proof of Accommodation in France.
  • Proof Of Finance.
  • Overseas Medical Insurance.
  • Flight Ticket

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The cost of living is approximately EURO 8,00 – 1,000 per Month, this covers all the living expenses, including accommodation, food, travel, books, clothes and entertainment.

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During your studies

International students are entitled to work part time upto 20 hours a week off campus. French legislation now authorizes foreign students to work a maximum of 964 hours per year. In France there is a minimum salary, which is € 8.71 gross per hour.

Reference: Work While you study
After your studies

Once you have obtained a degree equivalent to a Master’s or higher degree, you may request a temporary residence permit after expiration of your “student” residence permit. The temporary residence permit is valid for six months and is non-renewable. This permit authorizes you to work in any kind of salaried job you choose, up to a limit of 60% of the legally permitted number of working hours. If you sign an employment contract that is in a field related to your studies and whose remuneration is at least equal to one and a half times the SMIC, you will then be able to work full time and request a change in status (from student to employee) from the administrative offices.
Reference: After study

How will Yourway Migrations Pvt. Ltd Help Me?

Yourway Migrations has been sending students to France and other countries since 7 years. YMPL has trained counselors who have got experience and expertise to assist students. All our offices provides students with

  • Counseling and information on various courses and institutions
  • Application forms – Brochures – Guides etc.
  • Admission Assistance
  • Visa Counseling
  • Travel and Accommodation arrangement assistance
  • Procuring Residential Facilities with Indians for students going abroad
  • Giving Orientation kit.

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I am travelling to multiple Schengen Countries. From which Consulate Should I apply for my Schengen Visa?

Schengen visa must be applied from The Embassy / The Consulate of the country where you will be staying for maximum number of days. If your stay has equal number of days in each country then you must apply to The Embassy / The Consulate of the country which would serve as the first port of entry.

What is an Airport Transits Visa?

If you intend to simply transit through France en route to a third country, you must apply for an airport transit visa and present the evidence of an onward travel (air ticket) and a valid entry authorization (visa) for your desired final destination. The airport transit visa permits entry into the airport area only. However, Indian passport holders having a confirmed air ticket and a valid visa for a member state of the European Union, US, UK, Canada, Ireland or Japan resident permit holders transiting France do not require this visa.

What is the difference between long stay visa and longer validity visa?

If you wish to stay in France for more than 90 days (as a student, on employment, for research purposes etc) then you need to apply for a long stay visa (D type visa). If you wish to take short trips to France within the year (on business purposes etc.) then you need to apply for a short stay visa with longer validity. The decision to grant a longer validity visa lies with the French Embassy / Consulate.

How many days prior a student should apply for the student visa?

Your visa appointment at a French consulate must take place no more than 90 days before your departure to France.

How early should I apply for my Student Visa?

You are encouraged to apply for your long stay student visa at the earliest. You can apply for your visa about two months prior to the commencement of your course. Please ensure you get the No Objection Certificate from an Education Attache (Officer) before submitting your application.

Is French Language compulsory in France?

No, French Universities are now using English as the language of instruction especially in areas like Management, engineering, Political science etc, to attract more international students. It is advisable to learn some French in order to compete with French Students.

May I work in France?

International Students may work part time if their timetable permits as long as they are registered at an institution approved by the French social security system. Even first year students coming to France for the first time have the right to work part time 20 hrs per week.

What Visa status will I have as a student?

International students coming from countries outside the European Union for programs more than 6 months must obtain a long term students visa from the French consulate.

How can I find housing in France?

Several housing plans are available for International students enrolling at French Universities and Institution. They help the students to find the accommodation.

Health Insurance Requirements.

International students who are under 28 years of age enrolled in a educational institution for a program of at least 3 months duration are enrolled in the student segment of the National Health Insurance Plan and also above 28 years they have similar process). An International student must join the social security system most take out an additional cover. In France the annual cost of such policies runs from Euro 150 to 550. On average social security covers about 70% of the expenses, related an illness.