An ID CARD is enough to enter France for students coming from European Union countries and from European Economic Area countries (EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway).
Students coming from a non-European country must get a valid passport and a 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.
Student having 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 France. You have to take out a travel insurance in your home country.
Once in France, the EDHEC International Students Office will help you for the official procedures: either the visa validation or the residence permit renewal.
Do not send any document to the office of immigration or do not go to the prefecture, EDHEC ISO will organize everything.
Students coming just for one semester may have a visa, which does not need to be validated.
Your visa has to be validated within 3 months after you have entered France. Here are the different steps of the visa validation process:
OFII requires administrative costs
If you need to extend or renew your long stay visa or resident permit in France while you are 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.
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All International students can do internships in France. The only condition si to get 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 as a job by the French law.