This Visa allows you to stay in France for more than 3 months, it’s mandatory if you want to come to study in France if you’re from one of this countries : Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vietnam.
Yes you need to have your birth certificate translated with ‘‘légalisation’’ or "apostille", depending on your nationality (this document must be translated into French and stamped by an official translator).
Legalization of a foreign document may be required to apply in France. The legalization process is done at the French embassy or consulate established in the country issuing the document. The document must be translated beforehand if it is written in a foreign language. Contact your embassy for more information.
There are many options to find an accomodation, but first you will need a financial guarantor who has to live in the European Union. If it’s not possible, you can ask your bank in France to do it for you. You can also check for example this website :
You may qualify for a rent subsidy. If you do, the CAF (France’s family assistance fund) will pay you a subsidy under one of two national programs (APL, Aide Personnalisée au Logement; or ALS, Allocation de Logement à caractère Social).
If you came to France with a visa, you must hold the VLS-TS (long-stay visa and residency permit) in order to qualify for CAF assistance.
Everything can be done online. Don’t hesitate to do an online simulation to learn whether you’re eligible and find out how much assistance you might be able to receive each month.
To live in France, and mainly in Nantes, you have a monthly budget of 600 to 800 Euros to cover food, transport and housing expenses. Of course, this amount varies depending on the location or type of accommodation of the student.
It also varies depending if you have some assistance like housing aids or others.
Contact the Registrar’s office where they can check if your CROUS Card is defective. If it is, the Registrar’s office will give you a new CROUS Card, free of charge. Do not forget to block your account via the CROUS website while waiting for your new card to be issued.
It changes a lot but for now in France, it will depend on the country you come from.
First the sanitary pass is mandatory to go to a lot of places like restaurants, cinemas, museums, hospitals... or all the inside places.
It’s also mandatory to take the train, the plane etc.
For the mask, it’s mandatory in public places which are closed like the supermarket, the public transportation etc.
For now it’s not mandatory anymore in places that need the sanitary pass like the restaurants, bars, cinemas etc. You just have to have your valid pass.
To have a valid sanitary pass you need to :
have your two vaccin injections, knowing that the valid vaccins in France are the Pfizer, the Moderna, the AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield et Johnson & Johnson. Your pass will be valid 7 days after your 2nd injection
or if you have had the covid, 7 days after just 1 injection.
moreover if you are not vaccinated or you don’t want to, you can do a pcr test or antigenic test. They are valid for 3 days so you have to do it again all 3 days. You have to know that they’re not free anymore, you’ll have to pay 22 euros for an antigenic test and 44 euros for a PCR. It can change depending on the place you make the test.
To come in France, there are also some rules depending or where you come from :
if you’re from a “green” country, you just have to be vaccinated (the 2 injections), or to have a negative pcr or antigenic test after less than 72h.
if you’re from an “orange” country : you just have to be vaccinated. If you’re not, you’ll have to make a pcr or antigenic test within 72h before the departure for the pcr, 48h for the antigenic, and you’ll have to self-isolate during 7 days at your arrival. You’ll also have to show proof that you’re going to study in France.
if you’re from a “red” country : if you’re vaccinated it’s ok. If not, you’ll have to make an antigenic or pcr test within 48h before the departure, and you’ll have to be isolated for 10 days, with controls at your house.