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This visa concerns non-European students whose stay will exceed 3 months. You must obtain a long-term student visa before you arrive in France. Application for this visa must be done at the French Consulate or Embassy in your home country at least 3 months before the date of your departure. Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) - 28 member states * and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland - are exempted from the visa to study in France.
* Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, United-Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden.
Nonetheless, students from Bulgaria and Romania who want to work in France (paid or unpaid work) will have to ask for a long-term visa.
For further information, visit the French Administration Official website.
Who is concerned ? : Non European Students
Non-European students must obtain a « visa scientifique ». In order to do this, you will first have to sign a « convention d'accueil » or welcome agreement.
Where to go ?
OFII - Office Français de L’Immigration et de l’Intégration
Direction territoriale de l’OFII -93 bis rue de la commune de 1871, 44400 Rezé
Phone : 00 33 (0)2 51 72 79 39 - Fax : 00.33.(0)2 51 72 79 47 - nantes @ ofii.fr (nantes @ ofii.fr)
Préfecture de la Sarthe - Service des Etrangers - Pré-accueil Etrangers (salle 11), 1 place Aristide Briand - 72041 LE MANS CEDEX 9
Phone : 00 33 (0)2 43 39 71 37 6 Fax : 00 33 (0)2 43 39 71 69
The residence permit with a scientific mention has to be asked for within the 2 months following the arrival in France. The residence permit with a scientific mention allows its holder to take part in activities of research or education in France as far as it is mentioned in the agreement (“convention d'accueil”). This residence permit is valid for 1 year and can be renewed.
For further information please contact the coordinator at the Université du Maine :
Tél : 00 33 (0)2 43 83 35 51