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In order to study in France, foreign students, that don’t have french A-levels, have to fulfil two requirements :
After receiving your registration or pre-registration confirmation, the French consulate will grant you a student visa.
As soon as you arrive in France, you have to contact the OFII (French Office for Immigration and Integration) nearest to your place of residence. To know where are the OFII, click here :
Within the 3 months following your arrival in France, you have to accomplish a certain number of formalities with the OFII. You have to send, by post, to the closest OFII office :
As soon as the OFII receives your documents, it will register your application and will send you a certificate of deposit to the adress you wrote on the form.
You will then receive a summon (by post) to a health-check and an arrival visit, depending on the motive of your stay.
Documents you will need when you go to the OFII :
Particular cases for students at the time of their academic year : upon your arrival, you don’t need to send your application to the OFII if :
If it is your case, you have to give the OFII your application form and the copy of your passport :
During your appointment at the OFII, you will have to pay a tax. The cost will depend on your type of visa (the cost of your visa adds to the OFII tax). You can pay this tax by Internet (sur le site timbresofii.fr) or with ordinary tax stamps.
Source : Office français de l’immigration et de l’intégration http://www.ofii.fr/