Apply for a visa and residence permit
Before you leave: apply for a visa
To study in France, you must comply with all French entry and residence requirements. We encourage you to use the visa wizard which will help you with identifiy whether you will require a student visa.
Citizens of European Union countries do not need a visa to study in France.
- Check if your home country is concerned by the Centre for Studies in France (CEF) procedure and if so, apply through the Campus France website
- Have a look at the France visas website to see in which consulate you should sublit your visa application
- Make sure that you make an appointment as soon as you have received confirmation of your admission to Sciences Po.
- Once you receive your visa, check the exact wording as indicated in the remarks section of your visa (PDF, 88 ko)
If your program includes a compulsory mobility within the European Union, you will need to present to the consulate a certificate from the university allowing you to obtain a student mobility visa. You will then be able to apply for a multi-year residence permit “student - mobility program.”
To certify your address in France, you can use a hotel reservation, a student residence certificate or a housing contract. If necessary, you can also ask Sciences Po’s Student Services team for a certificate to help you with your visa application.
|The exact wording as indicated in the remarks section of your visa||Démarches|
|Visa Étudiant-R311-3 6°||Within 3 months of your arrival, validate your visa on the French Ministry of Interior website|
|Visa Étudiant mobilité carte de séjour à solliciter dans les deux mois suivant l'arrivée||Within 2 months of your arrival, submit a request for a residence permit through Sciences Po or your local Préfecture|
|Visa de retour carte de séjour à solliciter dans les deux mois suivant l'arrivée||Within 2 months of your arrival, submit a request for a residence permit through Sciences Po or your local Préfecture|
|Visa mineur scolarité||Submit a request for a residence permit through Sciences Po or your local Préfecture when you reach the age of 18 years old|
When you arrive: transform your visa into a residence permit
Within 3 months of entering France, you must register your ÉTUDIANT– R311-3 6° visa on the website of the French Ministry of the Interior.
To do this, you will need:
- a valid email address
- your ÉTUDIANT– R311-3 6° visa
- your date of entry into France
- your permanent address in France
- a credit card to pay the residence permit fee (€ 50)
At the end of the procedure, you will receive confirmation by email of the registration of your ÉTUDIANT– R311-3 6° visa.
This administrative step is compulsory and guarantees your legal status in France. It will avoid you having to pay a fine at a later date.
Your residence permit allows you to work a maximum of 964 hours per year.
For any questions, you can contact the Ministry of the Interior by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: +33 (0)8 06 00 16 20.
- Visa and Residence Permit Procedures (PDF, 250 Ko)
- France visas : the official website for visa applications to France
- Coming to France (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs website)
- Service Public – Official website of the French Administration (fr.)
- Paris Préfecture de police
- Campus France (CEF procedure)
- Application for naturalisation (fr.)