Studying in France [fr]

Studying in France:

Higher Education in France:

More than 260 000 foreign students, around 12 % of the student population chose to study in France.
The sixth power of the world, France has performance to the quality of its training and research capacity and innovation.

Choose France is:

• Benefit from a tradition of research and scientific and technological innovation leading.
• Integrate one of the most diverse educational systems and more efficient.
• Ensure the quality of training.

The French education system includes 83 universities and establishments, 224 engineering colleges , 220 schools of business and management , 120 art schools, 20 schools of architecture and 300 other institutions, schools or institutes relating to specific sectors as paramedics , tourism , sport , fashion ...
There is no distinction between foreign and French students: access requirements are identical, the diplomas and registration costs are the same.

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Campus France UAE

Campus France in the UAE :

The National Agency CAMPUS FRANCE is responsible for promoting French foreign higher education. It is represented by 135 spaces, Campus France is located in 107 countries.

The agency supports the students through all the steps of their research: PROMOTION, INFORMATION, REGISTRATION, and help them with pre-departure visas.

Located in the French Alliance Française of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Campus France offers the following services:

● To support you in your study plan :

- Information on French higher education
- Analysis of the study and proposal of appropriate programs project
- Support for inclusion in an institution of higher learning French

You should take an appointment at +971 (0) 2 666 23 93 /, to make sure you are received.

● Establish, verify and validate your student folder before submitting your application for a student visa :

For your file you must have the following documents (original + scan to email to :

- 2 forms for a long stay visa , filled
- 2 photos.
- The last graduation dilpoma.
- The confirmation letter of admission to the university / school ...
- Certificate as a proof of accommodation in France.

Then you need to contact Campus France UAE : or Tél : +971 (0) 58 58 40 381

For information on the curriculum you want to choose in France :

- Campus France ( list of all French schools and universities, list of the available training in English or French language, useful information on housing, the cost of living, health insurance, visas etc.) :

- Websites of Universities / Schools that you slected (start dates, registration, program, registration forms, possibility of on-campus housing etc.)

- Download the Document Campus France, fill and send the scan to (personalized information)

- French Embassy (general information)

To help you in visa applications, visit the following sites:

- Long Stay Visa Form ( downloadable form in 2 copies and complete ) :

- VFS Global Abu Dhabi ( visa procedure : making appointments, required documents) :

Contact Campus France in the UAE

Dounia Alsawaf, Head of Campus France in the UAE.
Appointments can be taken :
- In the Office for Alliance Française Dubai, from Sunday to Wednesday,
- In the Embassy of France to the UAE, in Abu Dhabi, on Thursday
Email : ; Tél : +971 (0) 58 58 40 381

You must take an appointment to be sure you are received.

Visa Process

Students applying for a long-stay student visa must stamp their file from Campus France UAE.

If you are a non-European citizen, you will need to apply for a student visa. There are two types of student visa. Each one of them has their own form.

1- Schengen visa for studies : this type of visa is for students who are going to study in France for less than 3 months. Students must download the Schengen visa form on France Visas website and fill it out digitally.

2- Long-stay student visa : this type of visa is for students who are going to study more than 3 months. Students must download the long stay visa form on France Visas website and fill it out digitally.

Concerning the visa procedure, you will need to complete digitally a long-stay visa or a Schengen visa application form and will have to produce the required documents. The checklist can be found onFrance-visas website.

Once you have gathered everything, we will schedule an appointment with Campus France in Dubai or Abu Dhabi to review your application documents and to stamp your visa application form. All the listed documents are necessary for the appointment including a financial guarantee letter - if applicable - ensuring a monthly allowance of 615 euros or more from your guarantor.

Please note that only students with a long-stay student visa form should stamp their file from Campus France UAE. Otherwise, for Schengen visas, students can schedule an appointment with our service provider VFS Global in order to submit their file and passport.

Then, another appointment with our service provider VFS Global will have to be booked to drop your passport and documents off. Please be informed that the visa section keep the passports during the process of the application.

The visa application process can begin no sooner than 90 days before the departure date, and visa process may take up to 15 working days. However students may start the Campus France application as soon as they have received their acceptance letter.

publié le 30/01/2020

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