As a summer student at The American University of Paris, you need to be aware of the visa regulations for your stay in France. The Student Immigration Services Office is available to assist all students from countries that require a visa.  If you’re a citizen of a European Union member state, you don’t need a visa to enroll in AUP’s summer program.


Countries that do not require a visa

If you’re a student from any of the following countries, you also do not require a student visa to stay in France for less than 90 days:

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Bosnia*, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Macedonia*, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro*, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of San Marino, Republic of Seychelles, Republic of Singapore, Republic of Venezuela, Serbia*, South Korea, Taiwan (passport bearing identity card number), Uruguay, USA, Vatican City (Holy See)

* bearers of biometric passports only

If your country is not listed above, you must contact the French consulate in your country of residence to apply for a short-stay visa.


Status that does not require visa

  • holders of passports of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (People’s Republic of China)
  • holders of passports of the Macau Special Administrative Region (People’s Republic of China)
  • holders of a valid residence permit for France
  • holders of a residence permit issued by a state applying the Schengen agreements
  • holders of certain travel documents issued by an EU member state
  • holders of a British national (overseas) passport

If your country is not listed above, you must contact the French consulate in your country of residence to apply for a short stay visa.


The short stay visa

Your local French consulate will issue you a short stay visa for a 90-day stay in France, the so-called “Visa C-Schengen.” There is no Campus France application required for this visa, as you’re only granted tourist and not permanent student status in France.


Summer and fall semesters

If you plan on taking courses during the summer and fall semester at AUP, you need to obtain a long-term student visa before the start of fall classes. While some non-EU nationalities do not need a visa for the summer semester, you’re required to obtain a long-term visa if you wish to continue your studies at AUP for longer than 90 days. Students living in France without the proper documents are subject to deportation.

Many French consulates are very busy over the summer months, and the visa application may take a few weeks or months. We suggest that students staying at AUP through the fall semester complete their long-term student visa by end-May.

If you begin your long-term student visa application between the end of the summer and the beginning of the fall semester, you must return to your country of residence during this time to receive your visa.  Also, you would have to be in contact with your local French consulate to explain the situation and to confirm their ability to issue the visa. Consulates are very strict regarding appointments, and may decline the request. You must be proactive about the process!


The long-term student visa (VLS-TS)

Students registered for summer and fall semester studies are required to obtain a 6- or 12-month long-term student visa. You will meet with the AUP Student Immigration Services team immediately upon your arrival in Paris, and we’ll help you make your residency application within three months from the day you enter France. This residency procedure will be explained during the first days of orientation.

Upon arrival at orientation, long term-students must provide the AUP immigration office with their passport, long-term student visa, OFII form provided by the French consulate, and a copy of their birth certificate in English or French with both parents’ names. These documents are required to start the residency application procedure.


Summer and fall semesters for under-18s

If you’re under 18 years of age you must request a Visa D-Mineur scolarisé with multiple entries at the French consulate of your country of residence. However, if you turn 18 a few weeks after you arrive in France, the French consulate may decide to issue a long-term student visa instead.

Once you arrive at AUP, you must contact us immediately so we can make copies of your visa, passport, and border entrance stamp. Unless you turn 18 within one month of your arrival in France, it’s not necessary to begin your residency application when you enter the country. However, two months before you turn 18, please get in touch with us in order to start your application with the French authorities.


Visa D-Mineur scolarisé

French consulates will issue a specific visa for students under 18. This visa is typically 12 months in length and the validity usually starts on the day the visa is issued.


Helpful links regarding visas and studying in France


Contact us

If you have any questions about your immigration procedure, please be in touch with your AUP Admissions counselor. If you’re a returning student, please contact Student Immigration Services.