If you are an International student over the age of 18 and planning to pursue an academic project at a French higher education institution for a period longer than three months, you must first complete the Campus France application process and then apply for a student visa.
Where to apply
The website to apply for the visa is www.campusfrance.org
a. How many days prior a student should apply for the student visa
Your visa appointment at a French consulate must take place no more than 90 days before your departure to France.
Document consists of 3 sets:-
Complete the Campus France application procedures before starting the visa application procedures on their websits www.campusfrance.org
Make sure to complete the Campus France application (in the PASTEL system), before you start your visa application.
Request a student visa at your assigned French consulate.
Go to the consulate for a visa interview. Your appointment at the consulate should take place at least two weeks before your planned date of departure for France.
Proof of your Resources for the tuition fees and living expenses for the period of your stay.
Copies of your degrees, diplomas/certificates attested and notarised.
Visa Application Fee
Deposit Rs. 8,500/- (in favor INSTITUT FRANCAIS EN INDE, at a BNP PARIBAS branch) by filling a deposit slip available in the bank.
It takes at least five to seven business days for a visa to be granted – or longer, depending on the situation.
English Ability Requirements
IELTS score of 6.0 bands is required for taking an admission in any of the french institutions.Most institutes are comfortable with the level of English and do not necessarily ask for a TOEFL or IELTS (some exceptions exist, especially if they cannot ascertain the level of linguistic competence of the student in a telephonic interview)
(Updated till 12th June 2013)