allison lounes

Thinking about moving to France some day, to study, work, start a business, or retire?

Sign up for Paris Unraveled's newsletter and get a FREE guide and video tutorial about all of the visa types that allow you to live in France, and what you can do on each one. Plus, get valuable tips and insight on planning your move and preparing for your visa appointment. Whether you're thinking of moving in one year or 5 years, sign up to get help making your dream a reality!

How to Apply for A Student Visa through CampusFrance

Getting a Student Visa is getting harder.

CampusFrance has gotten nasty and difficult and is cracking down on issuing student visas. This year, several people have come to me after their student visas have been rejected and I’ve had to try to make sense of the refusal, which isn’t always easy. When I started doing this – helping people come to France to study – in 2010, very few student visas were rejected, but now more and more students are having problems, from interviews that make them cry to unexplained and unmotivated visa rejections. The French Consulate does NOT have to tell you why student visas haven’t been approved, but this video goes over some of the most common reasons why your visa may be rejected, and guides you through the process of creating a complete CampusFrance application that is likely to be successful.

This video talks about the most common pitfalls of applying for a student visa, including program requirements and financial support requirements, and then guides you through the process of setting up and completing a CampusFrance account through their online system.

Topics include how to craft your statement of purpose and cover letter for CampusFrance, the documents you’ll need, and tips for the interview.

Here’s what you’ll need to submit the CampusFrance application before you begin:

  • scan of your passport, recent diploma & transcript (can be an unofficial, printed off the website version)
  • the acceptance letter or certificate of pre-enrolment from the school. This must have the program dates and the number of credit hours you will be taking.
  • a passport-style headshot photo
  • 150 word statement about your motivation and reasons for studying in France
  • a copy of your résumé
  • a cover letter again explaining why you want to go to France, why you chose the academic program you have enrolled in, and what you plan to do after you complete the program
  • If you’ve studied or lived in France before, it’s helpful to have a copy of the following documents: your work contract if you worked for TAPIF or another company, your attestation from your former school if you’ve previously studied there
  • If you’ve taken the DELF, DALF, or TCF, provide a copy of your results

Relevant CampusFrance Information

Like Us on Facebook

Have questions about this post? Want help with your own situation?

These comments are unmonitored, so if you would like Allison to assist you with your own situation, sign up for a 45-minute consultation to “pick my brain” on CampusFrance, the visa process, or any topic related to living and studying in France. .

*Hors taxes: if you’re in the EU, including the UK, you must select the option with 20% VAT.

Full-Service Assistance from Allison

If you want to know more about my full-service Visa Application Service where I assist you with the CampusFrance process and visa application, or if you’d like me to enroll you at Etoile Language School or in my VIP student assistance program, please contact me using the form below:

2 comments… add one

Leave a Comment

  • Judy Kay Wilhelm January 30, 2017, 11:01 am

    Hi Alisson,
    I am planning start at Ecole L’Etiole in May 2017 for 3 y weeks. I would like to hire you to help me with the enrollment and going over my Campus France application well as the visa documents and process. Thank you for the informational video and the offer to do this for 240 Euros. I am expecting to get my renewed passport back by around Feb. 5th or sooner.

  • TGW July 12, 2017, 3:19 pm

    For the campus france registration, do you know what I would select as a non-degree seeking visiting student (I’m not part of an exchange program)? This seems to not be in the catalogue at all when I search for the institution or different ways to describe Formation continue non diplômante, etc. When I select that my program is not in the catalogue, I don’t see Sciences Po / IEP in the pull-down menu for the institution, so it seems as though neither option is correct. Thank you in advance!


6 easy ways to get the help you need.

1. Read free articles on Paris Unraveled.

2. Pick My Brain. Schedule a 45 minute session to ask questions about anything France.

3. Join the community.

4. Hire Allison for personalized assistance.

5. Download an ebook.

6. Attend a live workshop or webinar.