Visa Application Information


Students must have a valid passport (valid until six months after your return from France). If you don’t have a passport or it has expired, apply for it or renew it immediately!


Students studying in France for more than 90 days (i.e. a semester or year) must apply for a long-stay student visa unless your citizenship is exempt from the student visa requirement. Please verify your visa status according to your nationality. If you do not need a student visa, you still do need a valid passport from one of the exempt countries in order to enter France on that passport.

Visa Application Process

The visa application process is an extensive and multistep process that may take over two months. Do not delay! However, you cannot begin until you have been sent certain documents from Sweet Briar so please wait for notification.

Carefully review the step-by-step instructions before beginning the application process.

If you have any questions, please contact the JYF office at or 434-381-6109.