It’s never too early to start researching about and identifying potential universities or business schools for your study in France expedition. After all, if you’re not clear about your choices from the beginning, you will eventually get confused later on. So how do you decide what’s the best option for you? Keep the following tips in mind while selecting your preferred university or business school:
(A) If you have a preference to stay in a particular city of France, look for universities located in and around that province. This gives you a good head start in your search for the right university.
(B) Another important factor to consider while choosing the university or business school in France is the rankings and accreditations. These parameters indicate the level of quality and authenticity of the educational institutions.
(C)Once you’ve shortlisted a certain number of universities, be sure to check their websites and get detailed information before making the final decision.
(D) At the same time, do some preliminary research on accommodation options to avoid the last-minute rush.
Now that you have the final list of universities in your hand, it’s time to start preparing and submitting admission applications. Make sure to apply only to those universities or business schools that offer international programmes for study abroad aspirants. Equally important is the application you draft which must accurately reflect all your academic and non-academic strengths. Keep the following tips in mind at this stage:
(A) Your application document must be entirely complete with all personal and academic documents, including 2 Letters of Recommendation.
(B) Start drafting your SOP at least 2 weeks prior to the final submission date. Note down what makes you a unique candidate for the university and showcase your fortes.
(C) For English proficiency, you will be required to either submit your IELTS score or apply through MOI i.e. Medium Of Instruction letter.
Most importantly, you need to complete and submit your admission application during the 4th week of September at the latest.
Within a few days, you will start receiving responses from the universities/business schools where you have applied. Accordingly, you will have to appear for university admission interviews.
Most universities & business schools in France arrange a live interview between the students and the representatives. But certain universities also make it mandatory for students to give software-based pre-recorded interviews on platforms like Easy Recrue and Visiotalent. In simple words, you will have to record a video of yourself answering a set of questions and upload it on the preferred platform.
Among other things, the purpose of these interviews is to test your language skills and motivation behind selecting the university/business school.
Once you successfully clear the interview rounds, you will receive Admission Offer letters from the interested universities. Make your final decision as soon as possible and confirm your admissions by paying a partial amount or full academic fee (depending on the university). You must complete this step and decide on your destination by no later than Mid- October month.
To acquire a long-stay visa to study in France, students have to complete the Campus France application process. Follow these steps to register yourself to Campus France and begin your France student visa process:
(A) Create your account and log on to www.india.campusfrance.org
(B) Fill out all the details on the Campus France form (academic records, language skills, CV+SOP, etc.)
(C) After filling out the form, submit your student file online.
(D) Once the Campus France representatives have reviewed your file, you will get an interview appointment date.
(E) Pay the Campus France fees at https://payment.ifindia.in/
The final step before applying for your study in France visa is the academic interview by Campus France. The interview may be conducted online or in person. If the interview is in person, you will be asked to appear with all the necessary documents (originals + one set of photocopies). At the interview, you will be asked questions pertaining to:
(A) Your motivation behind selecting the university and the course
(B) Your motivation for choosing France for your course.
(C) Your academic background and how the course aligns with your future goals
(D) Details that you mention in the CV.
(E) For detailed tips on how to crack Campus France interview, refer to our blog post: https://www.edugoabroad.com/how-to-crack-campus-france-interview/
Once you receive the green light from Campus France, it’s time to proceed with your France student visa approval process. Log on to the VFS website and book your appointment slot for the visa file submission. And while you prepare your student visa file, make sure to keep in mind the France VFS checklist. On the date of appointment, submit your visa file to your nearest VFS center.
After getting your France student visa approved, you must start preparing for your journey to France.
(A) Start looking for flight tickets from early December to avoid the last-minute hassle.
(B) Finalize your accommodations on-campus or off-campus as per your preference.
(C) Assemble and carry all the necessary documents & photocopies that you are required to present at your university.
(D) Prepare a detailed pre-departure checklist to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey to your dream destination.
Now that you are aware of the entire timeline for applying to study in France, make sure that you are right on track for each step
In our fruitful experience of 12 years, we at Edugo Abroad, have nurtured deep ties and exclusive partnerships with reputed French universities. Our dedicated team of admission partners and certified counsellors is always at the go to assist you in your study abroad journey to France.