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Accepted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Smith in Paris program! There are a number of steps that must be completed to prepare for your year in Paris and to apply for your student visa. The French government requires all students staying longer than three months to obtain a student visa before arriving in France.

If you have any questions about any of the paperwork, please ask! Better to ask a "silly" question than to make a mistake and have your visa application denied.



Please complete each step below by the dates given. Read all instructions and follow them to the letter.

Date Format

When entering dates, use the European format of dd MON yyyy (e.g., 12 Oct 2017).

Step 1: French Visa Application Overview

Students who hope to participate in the Smith in Paris program must have a valid passport when they apply to the program, valid six months beyond the planned time abroad. A copy of the passport photo page or proof of application or renewal must be submited with the program application.

Students studying on the Smith in Paris program will apply for their long-stay student visas independently. Guidance is provided by the Office for International Study, but students are responsible for researching, understanding and following visa application requirements, which vary by French consulate. Students may apply to the French consulate in Boston or the consulate responsible for their home state.

Things to Consider

Before making any summer plans, students intending to study in Paris must consider the following:

  • Applicants must appear in person at the consulate to apply for a visa; applications are not accepted by mail.
  • Visa applications cannot be made more than 90 days in advance of departure for France.
  • Applying for a French visa requires surrender of the passport to the French consulate for a period of two to four weeks.

Step 2: Homestay Questionnaire - April 4

Please complete the homsetay questionnaire by no later than Wednesday, April 5th.

Step 3: Associate Director Meetings – Week of April 16

Students will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Marie-Madeleine Charlier, associate director of the Smith in Paris program.

Step 4: Predeparture Orientation – April 16, 5:00-8:00, Campus Center Carroll Room

All students attending the Smith in Paris program must attend this meeting.

Step 5: Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF) - April 28, 2018 (all day)

The TCF Exam will take place at UMass-Amherst. More information about the day of the exam and what to expect will be provided soon.


Step 6: CampusFrance Registration – Late April

The first step to applying for a French student visa is to register with CampusFrance.

Two CampusFrance Workshops have been sheduled for the following dates/times:


  • Monday, April 30th, 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 2nd, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Both workshops will take place in Bass 103


The workhops will provide students with support in completing the CampusFrance registration and are highly recommended.


For students who wish to submit the CampusFrance registration on their own please visit the CampusFrance website:


Step 7: Determine where you will apply for your visa – Week of April 30th

Once you've given some thought as to where and when you will apply for your French visa, please complete the French Visa Plans google doc no later than May 4th to let OIS know at which consulate you will apply and approximately when.

Step 8: Schedule Visa Appointment – May 5

Using your consulate's online visa appointment system, schedule your visa appointment for sometime between June 5 and July 15. Do not schedule an appointment for later than July 15. Make two copies of your visa appointment confirmation. Take one with you to your visa appointment, and turn in the other at OIS no later than May 5.

Step 9: Predeparture Information –June 4

1. Emergency Contact Information

This form must be opened in Microsoft Word. Please TYPE all of your answers into the form. Give as much information as possible. On page two, list the people who should be contacted in the event of an emergency. If you want us to contact your parents, list your parents on page two.

Once you have completed the form, save it using this naming convention:


And send it as an attachment to the OIS Student Programming and Support Coordinator.


2. Break Address and Travel Information

Please complete your summer contact information now, and provide your travel plans to Paris as soon as you know them (note that you may need to book your flight in order to complete the visa application process). You can return to this link to update your information as needed.

Please Note: You'll need to log in to your Smith College email in order to access this form.

Step 10: Visa Application - June 6

Review the list of documents required by your consulate. Prepare all your materials with the correct number of copies and payment in the correct form well in advance of your visa appointment. The items listed below may or may not be required by your consulate.

Visa Application Guide - this guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to complete the French visa application process.

O.F.I.I./Residence Form

This form must be pristine in presentation both to the consulate and to the authorities in France. No cross-outs or white out are allowed for this document. If you make a mistake, use a new original.

Proof of Registration/Letter of Enrollment/Proof of Accomodation

Marie-Madeleine will provide you with one letter in French that meets each of these requirements.

Financial Guarantee

Smith OIS will give you a letter stating that your tuition, room and board are prepaid, and that you'll get a stipend of at least 200 euros per month. At most consulates, you must also show proof of additional financial support.

Return of your passport: If your consulate will return your passport via mail, be sure to also bring the proper return mail materials.

Please notify the OIS administrative coordinator when you receive your visa.