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Frequently Asked Questions


If your academic program lasts more than 90 days and if you are applying for a long stay student visa, you must complete the Campus France procedure before making a visa appointment.

You may begin the application process as early as possible knowing that you can apply for a student visa within 90 days of the start of your academic program. Once you have submitted the Etudes en France application, the adjudication process takes up to 3 weeks. Please keep in mind visa appointments book up very quickly during the summer and the holiday season.

The official acceptance letter must include the following:

  • your full name
  • institutional letterhead
  • exact start and end dates (day, month, and year) of the academic program you are participating in
  • full contact information for the individual issuing the offer or acknowledgment
  • signature or stamp
  • full address of the institution which will host the program in France

Students who are having difficulties completing the Etudes en France form should click here.

Campus France USA assists students in the United States (U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent & temporary residents: ESTA, B1 and B2 excluded) who wish to pursue academic projects at an institution of higher education in France for a period of time over 90 days. The Campus France online application process is the first – and mandatory– step in applying to study in France.

The Campus France online application is independent from, but a complement to the long-stay student visa application. Although students who will study in France for fewer than 90 days do not have to register with Campus France, it is our mission to assist all prospective students in determining where and what to study, and to help with their planning process.

When you create an Etudes en France account on the Campus France USA website, you are assigned a digit identification number that begins with US. This will remain your number for all future applications. Please have this number on hand when you contact Campus France by phone or email.

Contact (1)

If you have created an Etudes en France account, please use the Etudes en France messaging system. If you have not yet created an Etudes en France account, you can email us at


To create an Etudes en France account, please go to our home webpage at and click on:

Campus France USA

4101 Reservoir Road, NW

Washington, D.C. 20007

Payment (4)

Regular service (3 weeks) = $190

Expedited service (3 business days) = $340

Campus France USA accepts online payment only

After you have completed the online Etudes en France form, you must:

  • pay online and send a copy of the online payment receipt (to pay online click here)

Only the following students are exempted from payment:

  • Erasmus+, Erasmus-Mundus, Eiffel, Chateaubriand, Benjamin Franklin or Fulbright Scholarships
  • returning exchange students participating in a 2nd consecutive semester or year of the same program at the same institution 
  • students who obtained a baccalauréat du lycée français within the last 4 years

You must provide Campus France with proof of your exemption. 

Visas (3)

Campus France is not authorized to provide visa information. Please contact your assigned consulate for any questions regarding the visa process.

You are assigned to a consulate based on the address you provided on the personal information section. This can be either your home address or school address. You may visit a consulate in either jurisdiction as long as you can provide sufficient proof. For questions about proof of residency, please contact the consulate. 

You must book your appointment on the Consulate's website: no earlier than 90 days prior the start of your academic program. Please keep in mind visa appointments book up very quickly during the summer and the holiday season.