France is an academic hotspot, famous among study abroad students for its excellent education system, innovative study programs, research contribution, active social life and more. Did you know that according to the Ministry of External Affairs, as many as 10,000 Indian students are currently studying in France? France is expecting this number to double by 2025. So, if you are planning to study in France, here’s a brief guide for the French student visa.

Types of French student visas: 
1. ‘Schengen’ short-stay student visa

This short-stay Visa is also known as Visa de court séjour pour etudes. If you want to study in France for up to 3 months, you can opt for this Visa. 

2. Temporary long-stay Visa

Also known as Visa de long séjour temporaire pour etudes, this Visa is applicable if the duration of your study program is between 3 to 6 months. 

3. Long-stay Visa

If you want to study in France for more than 6 months, this Visa is for you. It is also known as Visa de long séjour etudes. Interestingly, it covers the entire duration of your course, i.e., 2 to 4 years, depending on your study program. 

Documents required:
  1. A valid passport
  2. 2 latest passport-sized photographs 
  3. Letter from your respective university to confirm your admission. 
  4. Proof of funds states you can financially support your stay when you study in France.
  5. Flight reservation
  6. Updated CV with a cover letter 
  7. Medical health insurance
  8. Your academic records and mark sheets 
  9. Proof of accommodation stating your living arrangement for at least the first 3 months of your stay.

How to apply for a French student visa
  1. You can visit the official Campus France website and create an account. 
  2. Please read the instructions carefully before proceeding with the application process.
  3. Enter all the details, including the academic years, scores, the name of the previous varsities, and more, to complete the application process.
  4. The application process is intuitive for students who aspire to study in France. The application form has 5 categories that will capture your plans, your personal details, information of your previous Visa, if any, data related to your stay, and your contacts. 
  5. Once you have entered the data correctly, you can download the Cerfa Form. 
  6. After completing the application form, you will be required to upload all the necessary documents in PDF format.
  7. You can schedule an appointment at the visa centre.

So, this is all about the types of student visas, important documents and the application process. In the next part of the French student visa guide, we will cover the things to carry for your appointment, the procedure to follow after landing in your host country and more. 

If you are planning to study in France and want to fund your education without depending on your parents, you can opt for a study abroad loan. We, at Avanse Financial Services, offer an overseas education loan that covers multiple benefits such as 100% finance, customized loans, quick sanctions and more. If you have any queries, please connect with us. We will be glad to assist you. All the best. 

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