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Student visa

If your stay in France lasts for more than three months, you will need to obtain a long-term student visa before your arrival in France. The request for the form must be made at the French embassy or consulate in your country of residence at least 3 months before your departure or at your local Campus France.

In order to obtain your visa, you will be asked for the following documents:
• A valid passport
• Proof of your admission or pre-enrolment at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique (use the official letter of acceptance we sent you by post)
• Proof of your monthly income of at least 615 Euros
• Proof of your accommodation in France (once your residence is confirmed, we will be able to send this to you).

A visa is not required for students who are citizens of the following countries or zones:
• the European Union (EU)
• the European Economic Area (EEA)
• Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican.

Documents you will need for your stay in France
Non-European students
• A minimum of 8 passport photos
• An accommodation certificate (we will give you this when you arrive)
• 3 copies of school certificate in French (we will send you this via email)
• Private health insurance to cover the medical expenses that the french social security do not cover (otherwise you can buy a top up health insurance when you are in France)
• Money for rent and deposit
• A copy of your birth certificate in original language ( mother language)
• Your bank details in your home country
• Passport and visa

European students
• 3 copies of your school certificate in French (we will send you this by email)
• Your bank details in your home country
• Your student card from your home university
• European Health Insurance Card valid for the period of stay.
• Private health insurance to cover the medical expenses that the french social security do not cover (otherwise you can buy a top up health insurance when you are in France)
• A copy of your birth certificate in original language
• Your ID card or passport
• A minimum of 8 passport photos
• Money for rent and deposit
• An accommodation certificate (we will give you this when you arrive)

OFII Procedure

Holders of a VISA VLS-TS (Visa long séjour valant titre de séjour) have to validate it online within 3 months after the arrival in France on the OFII website (Website available in French, English and Chinese)
https://administration-etrangers-en-france.interieur.gouv.fr
Students will need to buy a fiscal stamp online on the OFII website, the stamp costs 60 euros.
This validation is compulsory. Students wishing to extend their stay beyond the dates on their visa must request a residency permit (carte de séjour) from the Prefecture in Nantes.
This process must be started 2 months before the visa expiry date. The international office will help students obtain an appointment and prepare the necessary documentation.