Long-term visa

For study purposes


Temporary long-term visa for study purposes

This visa enables its holder to attend 3 to 6 months of education in a public or private higher education institution. It cannot be renewed and exempts you from the residence permit throughout your studies in France. Nevertheless, you may not remain in France for longer than 6 months.



Long-term visa for study purposes

This visa is granted to foreign students who wish to pursue their education in a higher educational institution for a period exceeding 6 months. It enables the holder to request, within 2 months following his/her entry into France, a residence permit of one year’s duration renewable from the Préfecture of his/her place of residence (or from the Préfecture de Police de Paris if he/she resides in Paris).

In both cases, you will be required to provide the following documents:
  • a travel document (passport) valid for the whole duration of the planned stay in France, or of at least one year if the stay exceeds one year;
  • an application form for a long-term visa duly completed and signed;
  • standard-sized photographs. The number may vary according to consular requirements and the purpose of the stay.
  • application fee: €99
  • written evidence with regard to the purpose of the stay and the student’s personal circumstances.

You must consult the French consular services of your country of abode.

The visa requirement for staying in France does not apply to the nationals of EU Member States with the exception of Bulgaria and Romania, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino and the Vatican.