Toulouse, France, with river.

Toulouse, France Exchange - Travel Arrangements

Please arrange your travels so that you arrive in time for orientation. Participants must make their own travel arrangements. Many airlines offer discounted airfares if bookings are made well in advance of departure.

Travel Warnings

It is important for students to familiarize themselves with current travel conditions before traveling. For up-to-date travel information, students should always check the U.S. Department of State's website for Current Travel Warnings.

Travel Safety

Responsible Study Abroad: Good Practices for Health & Safety
Safety Issues
International Travel Safety Issues for Students
Worldwide Caution
Consular Information - France
CDC - Travelers' Health
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

Note: The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Passports

Passports are required for travel to countries outside the United States and are the responsibility of each participant. Information and forms are available at your local U.S. courthouse or at http://www.travel.state.gov/passport.

Visas

You will need a VLS–TS under the CEF procedure student visa for your time spent in France as a student.

The local offices of CampusFrance in the United States are equipped to administer the CEF procedure set up in 2007 by a partnership involving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Conference of University Presidents, the Conference of Directors of French Engineering Schools and the Conference of Grandes Ecoles.

The procedure provides students intending to study in France with advice and counsel while preparing the visa application and in tracking the prospective student’s applications for admission.

Prospective students who open an account on the CampusFrance website in their home country gain access to a virtual procedure that enables them to submit online applications to approximately 230 French institutions and to chat with the staff of the CampusFrance office in their country and with participating institutions from which they may obtain a preliminary offer of admission (often under the preliminary admission process known as DAP).

More information can be found through Campus France.