Independent stay - Bordeaux Montaigne University

Independent stay: Admission and Enrolment

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You are interested in continuing your higher education studies at Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Admission Procedures

Steps to take upon arrival: administrative enrolment

Upon arriving at Bordeaux Montaigne University, students must present themselves to the relevant Academic Services division for undergraduate or Master’s, known as the “Direction de la Scolarité - Bureau des licences ou Bureau des Masters”. Once Academic Services have received the student’s dossier, steps will be taken immediately to complete his or her administrative enrolment. This will enable the student to obtain a student card as quickly as possible.

Preliminary Admissions:

This procedure concerns those French and foreign candidates with a foreign degree.

Admission Procedures:

Practical Information

Visas and Residence Permits

Any foreign national wishing to stay in France for longer than three months must obtain a long-stay visa granted by the nearest French Consulate to his or her home address before leaving the country of origin. The only exceptions to this rule concern citizens from the European Union and citizens of Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Andorra, Monaco or San Marino.

The expiration date of the visa (i.e. the end date of your stay in France) cannot be modified thereafter: you must be very thorough at this stage of the process.

Warning: the visa must be a “student visa”. Without a student visa, university enrolment will not be possible. 
A “tourist visa” does not entitle the holder to undertake studies in France.

Residence permits are only mandatory for those students coming from outside of the European Union. Visas that are equivalent to a residence permit must be validated by the French office for immigration and integration, known as OFII.

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