For students coming from the European Union and the European Economic Area countries (EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), an ID CARD is sufficient to enter France. 



Students coming from a non-European country must get a valid passport and visa.


Students coming from a non-European country must get a visa before their arrival in France through the French Consulate of your country of origin.

There are 2 different types of visas:

Be aware that it is not possible to get a French visa while being in France.

  • SHORT STAY VISA for less than 90 days:
    "VISA SHENGEN" The Schengen agreement refers to free movement of persons between signatory states.


  • LONG-STAY VISA for more than 90 days:
    "VISA LONG SEJOUR VALANT TITRE DE SEJOUR = VLS-TS" (long stay visa equivalent to a residence permit)
    The long-stay visa is usually issued to students coming for more than three months. This visa allows you to travel through the Schengen Area on your way to France, and to move freely throughout the Schengen Area within its period of validity.
    Some long-stay visas are valid as residence permits during the first year of study in France.


More information about French visas


Student who have a long-stay visa or a Schengen visa, are allowed to travel within the Schengen Area.

Here is an exhaustive list of the signatory states

The French Social Security (National Health Insurance System) does not cover you outside of France. You have to take out travel insurance in your home country.



  • Valid passport
  • French student visa (for non-European students)



  • Housing insurance to bring to the check-in appointment



  • Original version of your birth certificate (in the original language)
  • Birth certificate officially translated into French
  • (If you wish to drive) Driving license translated into French
  • Transcripts and diploma (no need to translate it)



Once in France, the EDHEC International Students Office will help you with the official procedures: either the visa validation or the residence permit renewal.

Do not send any document to the immigration office and do not go to the prefecture, EDHEC ISO will organize everything.

Students coming for just one semester may have a visa which does not need to be validated.



Your visa has to be validated within 3 months of your arrival in France. Here are the different steps of the visa validation process:

  1. The French consulate gives you an OFII form with your visa. Keep this form safe. OFII stands for "Office Français de l'Immigration et de l'Intégration" (French Office for Immigration and Integration)
  2. Upon arrival in France or in the Schengen area - depending on your flight schedule - ask customs to stamp your passport
  3. During the welcoming session at EDHEC Business School, bring proof of accommodation, a copy of you passport and visa with the customs' stamp and the original OFII form. The EDHEC ISO team will help you fill the form out.
  4. EDHEC ISO collects your file and sends it to the immigration office
  5. Immigration sends you a notification for an appointment in order to validate your visa

OFII requires administrative costs

Cost of visa per category



If you need to extend or renew your long-stay visa or resident permit in France whilst still a student at EDHEC, the ISO organizes sessions for you in cooperation with the Prefecture.



Full year students with a long-stay visa are allowed to work up to 964 hours per year - that means 60% of the annual legal duration of working hours in France.

The period starts from the first day of the visa validation or of the residence permit.

For more information, click here.



All international students can do internships in France. The only condition is to obtain an internship contract - called "convention de stage" - that is provided by the EDHEC Career Center (available only for full year students).

An internship is not considered a job by the French law.




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