47 rue Sergent Michel Berthet
    69009 Lyon, FRANCE
    04 72 85 73 63

Predeparture Information

Visa Process

If you are not a citizen of a European Union member country, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway or Switzerland then you must apply for a visa to study in France.  You will be issued a “visa long séjour pour études”.


To register with Campus France, go to http://www.usa.campusfrance.org/en/.

Click on “APPLICATION” then “STUDENTS”. Two processes are available: Regular 3-week application which costs $190 and Expedited 3-day application which costs $340.
Scroll down to “YOU ALREADY HOLD AN ADMISSION LETTER” to access the pdf to help you apply.
On the same page scroll down to “IN A NUTSHELL…”
Fill out your online Campus France application “ETUDES EN FRANCE.”
Register by creating an account.

During the Campus France application, you will have to upload the “Certificat de Scolarité” which is the official letter acceptance (enclosed) from CEFAM.
Once you have finished your Campus France application, you will have to pay the application fees ($190 or $340) on line and then upload the required documents to Campus France. You must register as early as possible but no sooner than 90 days before the start of the program abroad.
You will receive an email from Campus France with subject line: “Your Campus France file has been processed”. You will need to bring a copy of this email to your interview.

After June 1st, 2019 you may apply for your visa https: //france-visas.gouv.fr, pay the service fees of $29.79 and make your appointment.
You may make an appointment at any of the VFS centers around the U.S.
You will have to go in person for your interview. The list of documents (financial, academic, etc) to bring to the interview will be given to you via email after making the appointment.
If you are an international student studying in the United States, you might be able to apply in your home country or you might have to apply in the US depending on the requirements for student visa application of your home country. The requirements and documents to apply for a student visa can be found on the French Consulate website of your home country.

For any questions regarding your visa application, please contact the call center number:

1-212-784-6157 or 1-347-252-3055

Health & Insurance

Study abroad students at CEFAM for a semester are registered with the French Social Security for no additional cost. The French Social Security covers 70% of your medical expenses. Reimbursements can only be made by wire transfers on French bank accounts which implies that students open a bank account in France.

We suggest that study abroad students also subscribe to an international health plan in their home country. CEFAM also offers students to register with April insurance, a private health plan in France that covers 100% of the medical expenses. Reimbursements with April Insurance can be made on a foreign bank account. Please note that reimbursements on foreign accounts incur international wire transfer fees.

Study abroad at CEFAM for a summer are automatically registered with April health insurance and the cost is included in the summer bill. Students in france for a summer do not need to register with the French social security.

Living Abroad

Lien pdf intitule “Study Abroad Guide”

Optional services

CEFAM provides its study abroad students with a choice of optional services including an airport pick-up and accommodation. We also offer our students to participate in cultural activities to broaden their French experience.
Please find below the optional services provided by CEFAM.
For any questions or interests regarding the services and activities, please contact Cécilia TURQUIN by email cecilia.turquin@cefam.fr or by phone +33 472 85 17 61.

Airport Pick-up

from Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 6:00pm :80.00 €

Accomodation: 2 options

Option 1: 3 360.00 €
Apartment with private bathroom and kitchen
840€ per month
10 minutes away from the main campus
(Includes Housing, Taxes, Insurance, Wifi, Bedding, kitchen necessities, etc..)

Option 2: 4 520.00 €
Housing in a host family in Lyon
1130€ per month
Includes Bed & Breakfast and 7 meals per week
Refundable Housing deposit for option 1
300.00 €