UTBM Visa Information
A student visa is required for students intending to study in France at he Université de Technologie Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM).
A visa is an official document affixed in a U.S. Passport by the Consulate General of France granting permission to live and study in France for the duration that the visa is valid. Students need to apply to the Consulate General of France with jurisdiction over their permanent residence (not their school address) and be aware that each Consulate may differ slightly in its visa application requirements. Students are advised to contact the Consulate General of France in their jurisdiction to confirm visa requirements and whether an in-person appointment is necessary: http://ambafrance-us.org/spip.php?article330.
Students are advised to apply as soon as they receive an acceptance letter. The process of issuing a student visa to France generally varies, and may take up to 3 months. In addition, an in-person interview is generally required. All students must have obtained a Student Visa before entering France for study at UTBM.
Entry into France must take place within 90 days of obtaining the student visa, so students cannot apply for it more than 90 days prior to their departure. The student’s U.S. Passport must be valid at least three months beyond the student’s planned stay in France. Upon acceptance into the Université de Technologie Belfort-Montbéliard, all of the necessary documents that students need to apply for their visa will be provided by the UW-Platteville Education Abroad office. Students will be given additional information and instructions upon acceptance into the program.
There are two different procedures for French residence permits, depending on if the stay is shorter or longer than 6 months. Students going for one semester have two months to obtain their residence permit. More information can be found on the Consulate General of France's website: http://www.consulfrance-chicago.org/spip.php?article1045#how-register-france-1.