How to study in France?


CampusFrance USA: A service of the French Embassy to promote study in France to students and institutions in the United States

If you are a U.S. citizen or a legal resident, are over the age of 18, and wish to pursue an academic project at a higher education institution in France for a period longer than three months, you have to first complete the CampusFrance application process and then apply for a student visa.

You will need to complete both the CampusFrance application and the visa application – two separate processes – before you are able to study in France. You should be sure to complete your CampusFrance application (through the online PASTEL system) as early as possible so that you have enough time to apply for and receive a visa.

CampusFrance USA works in close collaboration with U.S. colleges and universities, major national and international education organizations based in the U.S., French consulates throughout the U.S., and, of course, French higher education institutions. These collaborations enable us to provide up-to-date information about studying in France, to facilitate the application process, and to serve as a bridge between French and American universities.

CampusFrance USA’s website features extensive information on how to study in France (including info on applications and student visas), French degrees and training programs, a searchable directory of courses and programs taught in English as well as a wide array of useful tips. Whether your field of study is science, business or the humanities, France’s higher education institutions offer a wide array of programs to choose from to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Note: For stays in France shorter than 90 days, you don’t need to go through CampusFrance.
U.S. citizens who intend to study in France for less than 90 days do not need a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, please see your nearest consulate’s website for any special rules and procedures.

Last modified on 19/08/2011

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