If you’re under the age of 18 and wish to enroll at AUP, you’ll need a valid student visa when you first enter France. The pack that you receive when you’re admitted to the University will guide you through this process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local French consulate or contact your AUP Admissions counselor.

Beginning the immigration process

Once admitted to The American University of Paris, an acceptance pack will be sent to you via mail. The pack contains specific information regarding visas and immigration application instructions. These instructions will guide you on how to obtain your special minors visa, called "visa D-mineur scolarisé" (with multiple entries), from your local French consulate. If you turn 18 a few weeks after your intended arrival in France, the French Consulate may decide to issue you a long-term student visa instead.

Being issued a "Visa D-Mineur scolarisé" or a long-term student visa –for a minor- is a very serious matter which must be discussed between the student’s parents and the local French Consulate/ French Authorities abroad in charge of visa applications for minors.

Important: the minor student and their parents must make sure the minor is granted the correct visa before coming to France.

When you arrive at AUP, the SIS office will make copies of your visa, passport, birth certificate, boarding pass (or the entrance stamp in your passport) for our records. After orientation, SIS will contact you to let you know when and how the procedure should start. Unless you turn 18 within one month after your arrival in France, your residency application will not be started more than one month before you turn 18. However, if you have not heard from SIS, please contact us two months before you turn 18 in order to start your residency application with the French Authorities.

Changing from minor status to adult status

If you turn 18 between April and early September, you must contact SIS no later than the first week of February in order to discuss your residency application. If you turn 18 in November, December, or January, you must contact us no later than the second week of September. Students must apply for a residency card, the Titre de Séjour, to regularize their resident status in France. The Titre de Séjour procedure is not the same according to the type of visa the student has been issued. Note that NON-EU students are exempted from taking the OFII medical exam.

If you’re under 18 (as an applicant) and you have any questions about your Minor status, please be in touch with your AUP Admissions counselor. If you’re under 18 and are a returning student, please contact Student Immigration Services.