Prepare your Arrival

Visa and Immigration

 The different types of Visas

Students who reside in one of the 41 countries concerned by the "Studying in France" procedure must make a specific request for enrolment in an institute of higher education. 

Procedure : studying in France

European citizens

Citizens from member countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland do not need a visa to visit or study in France. A valid passport or identity card is required.


Nationals of non-European countries

A visa is required for foreigners who do not belong to the EEA. The request must be made to the French consulate or embassy in your country.

On arrival in France, foreign students who have a D student visa do not need to request a residence permit.
The following, however, are required to apply for a residence permit at the Préfecture:

  •  Students who have the Visa C “Concours” and who have now passed the exam,
  • Those who have Visa D “mineur scolarisé” and who have just attained majority (18 years old) and those who have Visa D “stagiaire” and are of Algerian nationality.

On arrival, students in possession of the D student visa must however send the OFII (French Office for Immigration and Integration) the following documentation: their entry form to France (provided by the French consular service together with the visa) correctly filled in (the address is very important) as well as a photocopy of their passport, their visa and the stamp of entry into France or the Schengen area.

The OFII will send them an invitation to go to the office to have a sticker validating their visa affixed to their passport.

For any additional questions, please refer to our “Frequently Asked Questions” section.


List of consulates in Toulouse 


Simplify your arrival with Toul'box by the Federal University of Toulouse.

This is the essential app to ease your installation in Toulouse with different packages to make your move and adaptation stress-free.

Find all the information you need to prepare your arrival and stay, on migration formalities, housing, life tips, student perks and more. This section is free of charge and openly accessible. You can check it out anytime without any limitations nor registration requirements.

More information


Welcome Desk

The Université fédérale de Tolouse welcomes you:

from Monday to Friday and from 9am to 5pm 

41 allées Jules Guesde - Toulouse (Metro station Carmes or Palais de Justice).

This area is full of useful ​​services and information for both French andinternational students. You will be able to go directly to the Prefecture, the CAF, the CROUS and the Rectorate. The team is also there to advise and explain the steps to find and rent accommodation, to know the cultural and sports offers, the means of transport, to listen to students with disabilities, to look for a job, to take care of oneself, to take on social initiatives, to discover the training offers of the universities or schools.

 More informations


6 allée Emile Monso - BP 34038
31029 Toulouse Cedex 4

+33 (0)5 34 32 30 00


  • Logo UTFTMP
  • Logo INP