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Prepare your stay


If you are a member of European Union or the European Economic Space you can travel to and from France without a visa.

However, travelers of other nationalities must have a visa to enter France. The most common are short-stay (≤ 90 days in France) and long-stay (> 90 days in France) student visas. The latter is called VLS-TS and functions as a residence permit as well as a visa.

Once in France, check under "Just after landing" how to validate your visa within 3 months after your arrival - this is a mandatory step.

Request a Visa at least 2 months prior to your departure at the closest French Consulate/Embassy

Hand luggage essentials : Checklist

  • Scan or copy of all the important documents (ID/ passport, high school and university diploma, (European) health insurance card)
  • Health Record and vaccination certificates
  • Admission letter from your host french school/university (original if available).
  • Student card from your home school/university (if available).
  • Driver's license if you want to drive in France.
  • Adapter, depending on the electricity standard in your country
  • Certified copies of your birth certificate (3 recommended)

Driver's licence

No procedures are necessary, you can drive legally with your foreign driver's license. However, for long stays, it is preferable to register one’s license with the Alpes Maritimes Préfecture in order to obtain a duplicate in case of a problem (loss, theft...).

Also, in case of a violation of the French driving code, a license exchange for a French driver’s license will be requested in order to apply sanctions. This is done at the Préfecture.

To request a license exchange


Keep in mind...

If you are thinking about leaving France, once your stay is over, remember to cancel your contracts including:

  • Bank account
  • Mobile number
  • CAF
  • Transport card
  • Gym membership

2 months prior to your departure, start thinking about it so you have enough time to cancel the contracts.If you are required to send a letter use a LRAR. LRAR means "Lettre recommandée avec avis reception" meaning that the notice is signed by the adressee and sent back to you.