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FAQ

On-site information: opening days / times

When can I come and see you to obtain information or to register?

We are open from Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 7.30 PM and Saturdays from 11 AM to 4 PM at: 7, rue Duvergier, 75019 Paris (PARIS 19th district). The nearest metro stop is the "Crimée" stop on line 7.

Monday is always a busy day and we recommend that you call in instead on:
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays between 10 AM and 7 PM.

Coming to France: Visas and pre-enrollment

Do I need to pre-enroll before enrolling at the CAMPUS LANGUES private institute?

Yes: if you need a visa to study in France (if your stay in France will exceed 90 days and you are not European).
In addition to your visa application, you'll need to supply a certificate of pre-enrollment to Campus France (the institution which approves you for your period of planned study) and to the French consulate (the institution which issues your visa) in your country. The CAMPUS Langues private institute will provide you with this document when you pre-enroll.

No: if you are European or if you are a tourist (your stay in France will not exceed 90 days) or if the validity date of your residence permit (your visa or your "Student's", Family Visit Working Holiday, Resident's or Employee's residence permit) has not expired.

Will I need a visa to come and study in France?

If you are a citizen of a European Union country: you do not need a visa.
If you are a citizen of a country which is not a member of the European Union:

For a stay of less than 90 days: the visa you need is a short stay visa known as a "Schengen visa".  Some countries do not require this visa. You can view the list here: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/france_829/venir-france_4062/entrer-france_4063/les-etrangers-titulaires-un-passeport-ordinaire-dispenses-obligation-visa_70210.html

For a stay of more than 90 days  the visa you need is a long stay visa adapted to the length and purpose of your stay.

For further information: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr

How do I obtain a Schengen tourist visa?

You will need to contact the French consulate in your country. The time required to obtain an appointment for a Schengen visa should not exceed 15 days (unless special circumstances apply, i.e. if it is the "high season" for example) and the time taken to issue one should not exceed 15 calendar days.

The person applying for the visa must provide the consular authorities with all necessary items of proof concerning the purpose of the envisaged stay and the related conditions (sufficient resources, accommodation which can be demonstrated by means of an accommodation certificate) and must "supply all information making it possible to assess the applicant's willingness to leave the territory of the member states".

I don't live in France and I require pre-enrollment to obtain a visa. How far in advance before my arrival should I request this pre-enrollment?

The time required to obtain a Student visa varies between 1 and 2 months.

How do I obtain a long stay student visa?

You will need to request a Student visa from the Campus France institution and the French consulate in your country of origin or residence. You will need to provide a certificate of pre-enrollment stating that you will be attending French classes for 1 year.

Your administrative formalities will involve the following 3 steps:

Pre-registration

Campus France

Consulate

Step 1: PRE-ENROLLMENT
Please see the question "How can I obtain a certificate of pre-enrollment"

Step 2: CAMPUS France
This is a French government programme which assesses the applicant's plans to study in France and examines the application for the student visa. Create an account on their website: https://pastel.diplomatie.gouv.fr. Following this, you will be invited for an interview at Campus France to present your planned studies in France.

Unfortunately, not all countries have a Campus France centre. If this is the case with your country, you will need to directly contact the consulate to request your visa.
List of Campus France centres:
http://www.campusfrance.org/en/espaces/map

Tip:
It is important to prepare for this interview. The criteria for assessing your application are as follows:

  • The quality of your previous studies
  • The value and coherence of your planned studies in France
  • General criteria such as the likelihood of seeing the planned training/studies in France resulting in a "professional success path", the possible contribution of the project to the economic and social development of the country of origin or the benefits for France and its cooperation with the country concerned.
  • Proof that you have sufficient resources for your stay (the minimum you will need to prove in the case of a student is approximately €455).
  • The authentication of the items supplied (including diplomas and grade sheets where applicable).

Step 3: THE CONSULATE
Once your application has been approved by Campus France you will be referred to the French consulate in your country.

The processing of the application and the decision whether or not to grant a visa is the exclusive responsibility of the consular authorities. They are not required to give any explanation as to why an application has been refused.

The consular service:

  • Consults the applicant's electronic application
  • Examines the complete consular application submitted by the student
  • Decides whether or not to grant a study visa
  • Records its decision in the applicant's electronic application
How do I obtain a certificate of pre-enrollment?

Supply us with the following documents:

  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your most recent diploma
  • An explanatory letter explaining your plans to study in France
  • The payment of the Courses fees for minimum 12 weeks
  • The payment of the pre-registration fees (95€)

> Make a pre-enrollment online
We will send your certificate of pre-enrollment by e-mail and mail (count between 1 to 3 weeks to receive it by mail)

What insurance do I need to obtain my visa?

By taking out the Study Work and Travel insurance you will be able to obtain an insurance certificate in French, English or Spanish in order to facilitate the formalities required to obtain a visa. If you find it necessary to change the date of your stay, you can e-mail contact@travel-zen.com to have the dates on the insurance policy modified.

Is CAMPUS LANGUES recognised by the Ministry of Education?

The CAMPUS LANGUES private institute is registered with the Paris education authority's local education office as a Private Higher Education Establishment.

I have not obtained my visa. Will I receive a refund for the tuition fees paid to CAMPUS LANGUES?

Yes, on condition that you send us an official document by registered letter confirming that you have not obtained your visa.
You will not receive a refund for the pre-registration fee of €95.

My certificate of pre-enrollment states that my course starts on October 14 but I will be arriving later

Please inform us of this delay on our Espace MonCampus and we will postpone the start of your studies free of charge.
If the Consulate requires a new certificate of pre-enrollment with the new arrival dates you will need to contact us and pay €30 for the reissuing of a certificate.

What do I need to do once I have obtained the certificate of pre-enrollment?

You should contact Campus France or the consulate (please see the question on how to obtain a long stay student visa).

The consulate has asked me to pay the course costs in advance. Will I receive a refund if the visa is refused?

In some countries, the French consulate requires the payment of course costs (3, 6, 12 months) to obtain the visa (please see the prices below).
If this is refused, you will receive a refund of the course costs on condition that you provide us with an official document confirming that you have not obtained your visa.

You will not receive a refund for the pre-registration fee of €95.

LENGTH PRICES
12 WEEKS  €770
24 WEEKS  €1465
36 WEEKS €2150
48 WEEKS €2835

I arrived in France with a visa

I have a visa and I have arrived in France: administrative formalities to be undertaken

When you arrive in France you will need to send the OFII (Office Français d'Immigration et d'Intégration – The French Office for Immigration and Integration) the following items by registered letter with proof of receipt:

  • The form requesting confirmation from the OFII supplied and stamped by the authority which issued your visa.
  • A copy of the pages of your passport showing the holder's identity information and the stamp confirming entry into France or the Schengen Area.

Upon receipt of these items, the regional office of the OFII will confirm receipt of the form, with this acknowledgement of receipt being sent by simple letter post to the address provided by the applicant and, according to the case in question, will ask him/her to attend a medical examination if one has not been undertaken in the country of origin or a reception visit.

On the day of the medical examination, it is the OFII which will confirm the status of your visa as a residence permit and not the Préfecture. On the date you are asked to attend this examination, you must present the following documents:

  • Your passport accompanied by a suitable visa
  • Timbre fiscal and timbre OMI (International Migration Office stamp) at 55 euros (which you can purchase from the website www.timbresofii.fr or from a tobacconists or a tax office.)

The OFII will confirm that you have performed all of these formalities by adding a visa sticker to your passport. It is this validation which gives your visa the status of residence permit.

For further information: www.ofii.fr

Do I need to go to the "préfecture de police" (police headquarters) when I arrive?

No. It is the OFII which will approve your visa as a residence permit and not the prefecture. (Please see the question "I have a student visa and I have arrived in France. Which administrative formalities must I accomplish?").

How do I renew my visa?

Two months before the expiry of your student visa you will need to contact the Préfecture de Police to renew it.

In some Préfectures you will need to make an appointment. In others you can simply turn up with the required documents or send them by post.

Am I allowed to work with the student visa?

To be able to work in France you will need to ensure that your student visa displays the following wording: "autorise travail limite 60% durée légale" (authorised to work up to a limit of 60% of the legal duration) which means that you are allowed to work 21 hours per week.

Registration for French classes / Documents issued

Do I need to pay registration fees if I have already studied at CAMPUS LANGUES?

You only have to pay the enrollment fee (€45) or pre-enrollment fee (€95) once a year.

Do you issue a certificate of enrollment in order that I may have my residence permit approved?

Yes, when you register for one of the 20H Student Programmes.

How do I register for one of your 20H Student programmes?

You'll need to provide us with:

  • 1 passport photo (2cm/2cm)
  • 1 photocopy of your passport, visa or residence permit
  • Pay your tuition fees (payment for a minimum of 12 weeks) and registration fees (45€)

You'll also take a test to assess your level of proficiency in French.

> On site, at 7 rue Duvergier 75019 Paris
> Online
After examining your registration form we will supply you with the registration certificate on site, on the date of your first class.

Can I register without sitting the test?

No. Not unless you are a complete beginner*. The test enables us to assess your ability level and to propose a class suited to your linguistic requirements.

(*) You are a beginner if you have never studied French or if you have no knowledge of the French language (you only know a few words and a maximum of 2 or 3 phrases).

Is there a registration deadline to register in September?

We recommend that you register 2 weeks before your classes start in order to reserve your place.

Tuition costs / Registration fees / Method prices

Exactly how much will my French classes cost?

20H Student Programmes:
If you need a student card and registration certificate from CAMPUS LANGUES, you will pay for the first 12 weeks of classes and then each quarter you will pay for 1, 2 or 3 months.
General French:
For example, for 20H per week for 12 weeks (12X20H) = €770
Registration fee: €45 (once a year)
Compulsory Alter Ego method: €28 to €35 according to the student's ability.

French + Preparation for University:
For example, for 20H per week for 12 weeks (12X20H) = €1220
Registration fee: €45 (once a year)
Compulsory Alter Ego Method: €28 to €35 according to the student's ability.

Discovery Programmes:
You register for 4, 8 or 12 weeks (renewable)
General French:
For example, for 10H per week for 4 weeks (4X10H) + Unlimited activities and workshops = €395
Compulsory Alter Ego Method: €28 to €35 according to the student's ability.
Registration fee: free

Preparation for University:
For example, for 10H per week for 4 weeks (4X10H) + Unlimited activities and workshops = €425
Compulsory Alter Ego Method: €28 to €35 according to the student's ability.
Registration fee: free

French + Preparation for University:
For example, for 20H per week for 4 weeks (4X20H) = €480
Compulsory Alter Ego Method: €28 to €35 according to the student's ability.
Registration fee: free

I would like to register for two weeks. Is it possible and how much do you charge?

Yes, you can register for 2 weeks upwards as part of the Discovery Programme or the Summer Courses (see Summer Program fees).

Payment methods

How can I pay for my French courses?

On-site: by bankcard, in cash or by cheque
Online: by bank card via our secure payment site

I would like to pay the pre-registration fee by bank transfer. Can you give me your bank details?

our bank details will be sent by mail after your preregistration file will be validated.

PLEASE NOTE: all bank charges are at your cost.

My French classes: locations / dates / times

At which addresses are the French classes held?

We have several centres in Paris and at La Défense. For all registrations and requests for information please contact the head office rue Duvergier (Tel: 01 40 05 92 42):

7, rue Duvergier, 75019 Paris (19th district). The closest Metro stop is the "Crimée" stop on line 7. Two other centres also look forward to welcoming you nearby.

LA DEFENSE: Les Collines de l'Arche, Building F, fourth floor, 92057 PARIS LA DEFENSE. Metro, T2, RER (suburban rail) and SNCF (French railways) Grande Arche / La Défense Exit A.

When can I start my French classes?

You can start your French classes at any time of year:

  • Each Monday for non-beginners (subject to available places)
  • Approximately every two weeks for complete beginners.

You have to register at least 2 weeks before the start of the course.

The date of the next "Beginners' Level" French course is always shown on campuslangues.com

When must I register for my French course?

You must register 2 weeks before your course starts.

Monday is always a very busy day: to register on site, we recommend that you come and see us on:
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10 AM and 7 PM.

Can I choose the times of my French classes?

Yes, if your ability and the availability of places allow for this. The French test will precisely identify your ability level and together we will agree the times best suited to you.

Day classes: 9 AM / 11 AM / 2 PM / 4 PM
Evening classes: from 7 PM to 9 PM, 2 evenings per week.

French courses: Classes / Levels / Method / Teachers

How many students will there be in my class?

On average there are 18 students per class (from 15 to a maximum of 23 people).

What is the average age of the CAMPUS LANGUES students?

Most of our students are aged between 20 and 30 but we welcome students of any age.

Which nationalities are most frequently encountered?

There are more than 130 nationalities in the school. We welcome students from all continents and all backgrounds.

How many levels do you propose?

CAMPUS LANGUES proposes 15 levels of French classes.
These are based on the level scale defined by the CEFR which has 5 levels.
We have subdivided each level into three sub-levels to enable you to study in a uniform ability group perfectly suited to your linguistic requirements.

How long does it take to move from one level to another?

It all depends on how hard you work, how much personal work you put in and to what extent you use French on a daily basis.
The length of the ability levels is variable. The higher the level, the longer it is.
For example: level A1 lasts approximately 80H, while level B1 lasts approximately 150H.

Will my teacher be a native French speaker?

Most of our teachers are French speakers and the few teachers whose first language is not French have demonstrated their skills through several years of teaching, displaying the same high standards in their educational methods.

Will I need to use a manual?

Yes, you are required to buy the Alter Ego method. Your teacher will give you the necessary references. This can be purchased at the Registration Department.

Documents issued by CAMPUS LANGUES

I need a certificate of pre-enrollment. How can I obtain one?

This is issued when you pre-register for the 20H Student programmes

I need a certificate of enrollment. How can I obtain one?

This is issued when you register for the 20H Student programmes

I need a student card. How can I obtain one?

This is issued when you register for the 20H Student programmes

I need a grade sheet. How can I obtain one?

All requests for documents should be submitted via MonCampus (http://moncampus.campuslangues.com/). You should create your account then use the request form. You will be notified of the time required to obtain the document.

I need an attendance certificate. How can I obtain one?

This official document confirms your attendance of French classes. You should submit your request via MonCampus (http://moncampus.campuslangues.com/). You should create your account then use the request form. The certificate will be sent out to you by post within 2 weeks.

Special cases: Absences / Changes / Postponement / Holidays

I would like to interrupt my training for two weeks without losing my courses. When I come back, will I be in the same class?

You can take these 2 weeks between 2 periods of paid teaching but you have no guarantee of returning to the same class. The level of the class will have changed. You will be placed in another class whose level best matches your own.

I need to interrupt my classes even though I have already paid for them. Will I lose them?

You can request to postpone your course with the Liberty option. You will pay €20 per week deferred.
http://moncampus.campuslangues.com/

 

Am I allowed to change course if I wish to:
  • Change level: your teacher must have confirmed that your level does not match that of his/her class. Submit your request to your teacher.
  • Change teacher: the Director of Studies will assign you another teacher. This request should be submitted online: http://moncampus.campuslangues.com/
  • Change times: on condition that a course matching your level is available. This request should be submitted online: http://moncampus.campuslangues.com/
I can't attend my French course due to a health problem. What should I do?

You'll need to supply us with a medical certificate confirming that you are unable to attend the classes and the period of absence will then be deferred.
See how to submit a request for a deferment on MonCampus: http://moncampus.campuslangues.com/

AU PAIR student(s)

What exactly does it mean to be an Au Pair?

The home help placement (Au Pair placement) provides you with an opportunity to temporarily become part of a French family and to continue your studies with the aim of improving your language skills while also boosting your general knowledge of the country through greater familiarity with France and its people.

You will need to sign a contract with the family known as a Placement Agreement which must also be signed by the Direction Départementale pour le Travail, l’Emploi et la Formation Professionnelle – Directorate for Work, Employment, and Professional Training - (original + photocopy). These formalities are carried out by the family or by the Au Pair agency

The host family will propose the following for you:

Accommodation in a single bedroom and all meals.

A minimum of one day off a week and enough free time in the week to attend your language classes (approximately 10 hours per week).

Some pocket money in return for your services (a minimum of €80 per week) and the Navigo pass (for the transport system).

Payment of the cost of your medical cover.

You'll work for the family for an average of 5 to 6 hours per day (30 hours per week). Your work will involve:

  • Child minding: games, walks, homework, bathing, meals
  • Day-to-day household tasks
  • 1-3 evenings of babysitting per week.
What are the required conditions to be an Au Pair girl/boy?
  • You should be between 18 and 30 years old and single
  • You should have child-minding experience
  • You should have a reasonable knowledge of the French language
  • You should be available for a period of 6 to 12 months (with the possibility of summer placements for 2-3 months).
  • If possible, you should be a non-smoker and have a driving licence
What are the required conditions to be a host family for Au Pair students?
  • You should live in Paris or in one of the towns in the suburbs easily accessible from Paris during the academic year (placements throughout France are possible during the summer)
  • You should provide the trainee with a suitable, comfortable, private single bedroom
  • At least one of the two parents must be of French nationality
  • You must pay the costs of the medical cover for the young Au Pair boy/girl: accepting an Au Pair girl into your home requires a declaration to the URSSAF. The contributions are approximately €200 per month, which are not tax-deductible, enabling her to benefit from the social security system
  • You should allow sufficient free time in the day to enable the Au Pair to attend French classes in the school of their choice (the cost of this will be borne by the Au Pair)

You must sign a contract with the Au Pair boy/girl known as a Placement Agreement which must also be signed by the Direction Départementale pour le Travail, l’Emploi et la Formation Professionnelle – Directorate for Work, Employment, and Professional Training - (original + photocopy). These formalities are carried out by the family or by the Au Pair agency.

How can I find an Au Pair host family?

You'll need to find your host family before coming to France. Several websites propose a database of families looking for Au Pair students.

You can also do this via an Au Pair agency, which will help you find a family, oversee your placement when you're in France and ensure that your stay with the host family proceeds satisfactorily. In the event of problems with the family they can help you to find another. The agency costs are borne by the host family.

Where can I get a Placement Agreement?

You can download the form from the following website (doc. pdf): http://www.centre.travail.gouv.fr/gallery/file/3368.pdf

Can you help find Au Pair jobs?

No, but we can provide you with the addresses of agencies we work with, including EuroPair, Fée Rêvée and Accueil International Services

I would like to recruit an Au Pair girl. How do I go about it?

1°) The host family must first obtain a placement application form for the placement of an Au Pair student as a home help from the foreign labour office at the DIRECCTE (Regional directorate for enterprises, competition, consumption, work and employment) for their place of residence.

2°) The family should submit this application to the same DIRECCTE  office, accompanied by the following documents:
- A copy of the home help student's passport, which must be valid,
- A copy of the host family's livret de famille (official family record book ) including the children,
- A placement agreement with four original copies signed by the host family and a schedule showing the hours during which the prospective Au Pair will be available to the family,
- A copy of the registration certificate for the Au Pair programme at the CAMPUS Langues private institute (10h of classes per week for 1 year),
- A copy of the student's high school/secondary school leaving certificate translated into French and certified,
- A copy of the student's CV,
- A letter in support of the application from the host family,
- A letter in support of the application from the prospective Au Pair.

3°) After the submission of the complete application, the DIRECCTE will sign the placement agreements and will send back 3 copies to the host family.

4°) The family will then send two copies of the placement agreement to the trainee, which must imperatively include the one with the following wording:
NB: In all cases this agreement is only valid if presented to the French consulate in the country of origin in order to obtain the entry visa necessary to the issuing of the residence permit.

What is the procedure for obtaining my visa as an "Au Pair"?

You must request your visa from the Campus France institution and the French consulate in your country of origin or residence. You will need to present your pre-registration certificate confirming that you are attending French classes for 1 year and the placement agreement signed by the family.

Here is how to request your pre-registration certificate:

Send us the following documents:

  • A copy of your passport
  • The completed pre-registration form

> Online by clicking Pre-register on the "Package & Prices" board

We will examine your application when we receive the documents (time required: 1 week unless we provide an immediate response if you come in to see us in person).

If your application is accepted, we will send you the pre-registration certificate by post (you should allow between 1 and 3 weeks for this according to the country concerned).

Which formalities must be completed once I am in France if I have my student visa?

1°) The Consulate has provided you with a form which you must send to the OFII (Office Français d'Immigration et d'Intégration – The French Office for Immigration and Integration). One or two months later at the latest, the OFII will send you an invitation for an appointment with a list of documents you need to supply. Following this appointment, the OFII will confirm your visa for its entire validity period with a sticker attached to your passport.

2°) One or two months before the expiry of your visa, you will need to contact the Préfecture in your area of residence to begin the renewal procedure for your visa.