Visa and Titre de séjour
You will need a visa if you are a citizen of a non-European country (European Union, European Economic Area or Swiss Confederation).

Please contact the French consular authorities or Campus France to complete the administrative formalities. A list of useful documents is available on this page.

Student visa categories
The long-stay student visa valid as a residence permit (VLS-TS) is valid for more than 3 months. This visa will be valid for 1 year after your OFII appointment.

Please note that a student residence permit is only valid for one year, and must be renewed upon presentation of proof of enrolment in an educational establishment.

Please note: Current legislation prohibits the conversion of a tourist visa into a student visa in France.

Students with a student visa must report to their nearest OFII (Office Français de l'Immigration et de l'Intégration) within 3 months after their arrival to validate their residence permit.

Renewal of visa or residence permit
The process of renewing your visa or residence permit can take a long time, due to the waiting time for an appointment. We therefore advise you to start the process 1 to 2 months before your visa or residence permit expires. To do this, contact the prefecture closest to your place of residence. Appointments can be made online.

Please note: If you are missing certain documents at your renewal appointment, you will be asked to complete your file once you have obtained the missing documents.

Our school does not place students directly in accommodation as each student has different needs, but we do have student resistance partnerships available to you.

We have set up a specialized "Welcome to France" platform to help our students with the many arrangements, including accommodation, hospitalization insurance, etc. Your account will be created as soon as you have registered and paid your fees. We recommend that you register at least two months in advance. Accommodation on the platform gives priority to applications from members of the partner network.

Good to know: Free accommodation by friends, relatives or family is a frequent reason for visa refusal.

State-run hostels and university residences and the CROUS give priority to students with scholarships, and the waiting lists can sometimes be lengthy. For further information:

Please visit our accommodation page for more information.

Welcome to France

The Institut of Languages and International Commerce can help you find accommodation, prepare administrative documents, arrange insurance and much more.

How do you cover staggering hospital costs? How can you best prepare your file? How do you get a telephone number, a bank account and a transport card before you even arrive?

The answer is here.

A meeting will be organised at the beginning of school year to inform you.


Our institute maintains close links with China, and in particular with the City of Chengu and Shenzhen, the economic heart of the country.
Thanks to our many local partnerships, our students have the opportunity to spend time there and discover the Silicon Valley of a rapidly expanding country.

During their stay, students follow intensive daily language courses. We also organize various integration activities, including company visits and meetings with local entrepreneurs.

Combining cultural discovery and professional integration, these stays are highly appreciated by students, who benefit from a real immersion experience lasting five weeks at the end of each academic year.

Our international partnerships include establishments in Mexico, Brazil, Korea, Tunisia and Morocco.

International internships

Internships abroad are highly valuable for any internationally-focused course. That's why we encourage our students to carry out their internships abroad, whatever the destination, to make the most of the cultural exposure they provide.

By accompanying students in their internship search methodology project, we actively support the mobility of our students.