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Frequently Asked Questions​

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Who can apply?

Our programs are open to students of all nationalities who are interested in studying at higher education institutions in France or who wish to learn French at a language school in France. However, please note that we have certain limitations and may not be able to accept applications from certain individuals.

Can I apply with a friend or partner?

Yes, we can help you and your friend or partner apply together. However, it’s important to note that each individual will need to complete their own official application paperwork. The immigration process requires separate applications for each person, even if you are applying as a group.

What is the cost of living in France?

The cost of living in France varies based on location, program, and personal preferences. On average, students need around 600 to 800 Euros per month to cover expenses like food, transportation, and accommodation. Government funding and many student discounts everywhere make studying in France relatively affordable.

Does Go! Go! France offer scholarships?

Unfortunately, we do not assist with financial aid or scholarships. However, there are various scholarships available for foreign students in France. French public institutes and the Erasmus+ program offer a wide range of scholarships to assist students in financing their studies in France and Europe. For more information, we recommend visiting the following website: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/studying-in-france/finance-your-studies-scholarships/

Can I bring medication to France?

When carrying medicinal products, it is important to ensure that the quantity does not exceed what is necessary for personal use. Personal use corresponds to the length of treatment specified by the medical prescription or, where there is none, treatment for 3 months. For more detailed information, we recommend visiting the following website: https://www.douane.gouv.fr/fiche/private-individuals-carrying-medicinal-products-france

Can I bring my pet to France?

Importing pets from non-EU countries into the European Union requires declaration and presentation to Customs for document and identity checks. Failure to declare an animal can lead to fines and confiscation of the pet. For detailed information, we recommend visiting the following website: https://www.douane.gouv.fr/fiche/travel-coming-france-your-pet

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Who needs ETIAS visa waiver?

When the new European Travel Authorization System for Europe is introduced in 2025, eligible passport holders will be able to get an ETIAS France for travel to the country and within the rest of the Schengen Area. The system will require previously visa-free travelers to pre-register for travel authorization to any of the Schengen Area countries. Check out https://www.etiasfrance.com/ for more details.

Do I need a visa to study in France?

If you are a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) country (EU country, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein) or Switzerland, you do not need a student visa to study or do an internship in France. You may freely enter French territory regardless of the length of your stay or your studies. If you are not a national of an EEA country or of Switzerland, depending on your nationality, you must obtain a student visa to study in France: short-stay or long-stay visa depending on the length of your stay. Note that nationals from certain non-European countries are not required to have a visa if their stay does not exceed 90 days. Here is the EU common list of countries whose nationals are exempt from a visa for stays not exceeding 90 days. If you are unsure whether you need to apply for a visa or not, do not hesitate to contact our team!

Which student visa should I apply for if I must obtain one?

For a training course not exceeding 3 months, you will be issued a short-stay visa. For a training course exceeding 3 months or 6 months, students will be issued a temporary long-stay visa (VLS-TS) ; for training or a course exceeding 6 months, students will be issued a long-stay visa (VLS-T).

What is the difference between a temporary long-stay visa (VLS-T) and a long-stay visa (VLS-TS)?

There are several differences between these visas such as but not limited to:
– while the VLS-T is a temporary visa, the VLS-TS is equivalent to a residence permit;
– the holder may not be allowed to seek employment;
– the holder may not have access to social services in France (e.g. housing aid);
– the holder may not be able to extend their stay beyond the validity period of the visa originally issued.

Is it possible for me to obtain a student visa for studying at a French language school?

As a general rule, if you are enrolled in a full-time program (typically 20 hours per week), you fulfill the necessary criteria to apply for a student visa. Additionally, it is important to ensure that the school you choose is officially recognized by the French Ministry. We are proud to partner with language schools that possess the “Qualité FLE Accreditation,” which is the official Quality Accreditation for French as a Foreign Language. By studying at one of our accredited partner schools, you are eligible to apply for a student visa.

How long does it take to get a visa?

Visa processing times can vary depending on factors such as your nationality, the purpose of your stay, and local visa issuing conditions. Visa applications are generally processed within 15 days. For short-stay visas, you need to submit the application at least 2 weeks before your planned visit. However, please note that applications cannot be submitted more than 6 months in advance. It is your responsibility to ensure you adhere to the deadlines, especially when an appointment system at your local embassy/consulate is in place. Certain visa types, such as long-stay visas, may require additional checks, such as verification of civil status, or consultation with various French authorities, which can potentially extend the processing time.

How does the visa application process work?

The visa application process involves completing your visa application online through France-Visas. You can find detailed visa guidelines on the official France-Visas website at: https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en/web/france-visas/visa-application-guidelines. The online visa application service is being gradually extended to all countries. If your country is not yet eligible for the online application, please refer to the appropriate procedure by visiting: https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en/web/france-visas/place-of-submission.

Where should I submit my visa application?

To apply for a visa, you should submit your application to the French consulate or embassy in the country where you currently reside legally. The consulate or embassy will handle the processing of your visa application and provide you with the necessary guidance and assistance throughout the process. It is important to apply at the appropriate consulate or embassy based on your current location. Find the right place of submission for you here: https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en/web/france-visas/place-of-submission

What documents are required for a student visa?

For a comprehensive and accurate list of the documents required for your student visa application, we recommend visiting your local consulate or embassy. They will provide you with the most up-to-date and specific information based on your location and nationality. Additionally, you can consult the France-Visas website at https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en/home. The provided list will encompass various documents, including your ID and financial documents. Additionally, it is crucial to submit the certificate of enrollment from the higher education institution that has accepted you. This certificate is typically issued by your school after confirming your payment of tuition fees.

How much funds do I need to demonstrate when applying for a long-term student visa?

Typically, graduate and undergraduate students are expected to provide evidence of funding for one full year. This entails demonstrating sufficient financial resources to cover tuition fees for one year, as well as living expenses for the same duration.

How much does a visa cost?

Applicants are responsible for covering the administrative costs associated with their visa application. Please note that these fees are not associated with Go! Go! France but are directly related to the visa process. The fee for short-stay visas is 80€, while for long-stay visas it amounts to 99€. This amount is given as an indication, some special cases may give rise to different rates.

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Do I have to study French before going to France?

No, prior knowledge of French is not required before going to France. Language schools generally offer classes for various proficiency levels, including beginners. However, please note that some language schools may have specific start dates for beginners, while non-beginners may have the flexibility to join classes on any Monday.

How long does it take to learn French?

This depends on your goals. If you’re starting from a beginner level and have aspirations to work or pursue higher education in France, attaining a high level of proficiency is necessary. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) provides a rough estimation of the number of study hours required to reach each proficiency level. According to the CEFR, reaching A1 typically requires around 80-100 hours of study, while reaching C2 may require approximately 1,000-1,200 hours of study.

What are the levels offered?

According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) there are 6 levels; A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. The level A1 is the lowest and the level C2 is the highest. When reaching C2 students are supposed to have mastered the language.

How long does it typically take to complete each level?

Generally, it takes several weeks to a few months to complete each level. Full-time intensive programs may allow students to progress more quickly, while part-time programs may take longer. Here is a rough estimate of the average time it may take to complete each CEFR level for French:
A1 (Beginner): Approximately 80-120 hours of study.
A2 (Elementary): Around 180-200 hours of study.
B1 (Intermediate): Typically takes about 350-400 hours of study.
B2 (Upper Intermediate): Approximately 500-600 hours of study.
C1 (Advanced): Around 700-800 hours of study.
C2 (Proficient): Typically takes 1,000+ hours of study.

Is there an age limit to apply to a language school in France?

There is generally no strict age limit to apply to a language school in France. Language schools cater to students of various age groups, including adults, teenagers, and children. Whether you are a young learner, a university student, a working professional, or a retiree, you can typically find language programs that suit your age and proficiency level.

I am under 18, is there any option for me to study in France?

Not all the schools can accept minors. Still, if you are under 18 years old and wish to apply to a language school in France, we can help you. It is important to note that some language schools may have specific policies or requirements for underage students. These policies may include parental consent forms, guardianship arrangements, or additional support and supervision during your stay.

Can I book multiple destinations for my French course?

Yes! You can combine several destinations and study lengths. For example, you can study 3 months in Paris and 3 months in Lyon. You can also combine more cities.

When do the French courses start?

Courses usually start every Monday. Depending on the school, beginners might have to start on a specific day such as the first Monday of the month. You can study as many weeks as you wish. Courses are held all year round.

How long is a French course?

You can freely choose the length of your course. It’s possible to book a course starting from 1 week up to 1 year. If the course length you are interested in isn’t indicated on our website, please contact us and we’ll provide you the exact price.

Are there any French language courses for absolute beginners?

Yes! You can book a French language course with us as an absolute beginner. However, please note that some language schools may have specific start dates for beginners, while non-beginners may have the flexibility to join classes on any Monday.

Do you provide any specific assistance for students with learning disabilities or special needs?

We understand the importance of supporting students with learning disabilities or special needs. We strive to create an inclusive and accommodating learning environment for all students. If you have a learning disability or special needs, we encourage you to contact us as early as possible, preferably before enrolling in our programs. By communicating your specific needs and current condition, we can work closely with our partners to determine the feasibility of providing the necessary support.

How to determine the appropriate level for me?

You don’t need to worry about choosing a level, the school will take care of that when you begin your studies. Schools conduct placement tests to assess each student’s current level of proficiency. These tests evaluate the student’s speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills to determine the appropriate class level.

Can I choose my study schedule – morning or afternoon?

No, the scheduling of classes is determined by the school based on the students’ levels and organizing requirements. However, if you have specific constraints, like an afternoon internship, please inform us in advance. We will communicate this information to your school, and they will do their best to accommodate your request.

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We are a passionate team dedicated to helping dreamers like you from all corners of the globe turn their visions of living in France into a reality. We do this by assisting you in choosing the perfect school, guiding you through the enrollment process, helping you secure your visa if necessary, finding your cozy new home, and offering support with all the other little details needed to make your transition to life in France as smooth as possible. Let’s get you settled into your exciting French adventure!

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