Visa Info for Kenyan Students Going to a University in France

  • 3 Months Start applying
  • 99 EUR Visa fee
  • Unknown Proof of language


If you're a student from Kenya, you'll need the VLS-TS to study in France. This visa is made specifically for students like you who are ready to begin their study abroad adventure in France. Find out the best information about the process of getting the VLS-TS to decide if studying abroad in France is right for you.

How much time will it take to get my visa?

Be sure to allow extra time for your visa application. Immediately after you've been accepted to and enrolled in the university of your choice, you can already start your application for the French VLS-TS . You should apply at least 3 months before your university degree programme starts.

Main steps to take for the French student visa

Here is what Kenyan students have to do to get a student visa that will allow them to study in France:

You will first have to attend an interview at Campus France Nairobi. They will validate your visa application documents. There you will set an appointment by phone or email with the French Embassy in Kenya where you will be able to apply for a visa.

Kenyan students maybe have to provide biometrics during the visa application process. Your biometrics are, basically, extra identification (e.g. fingerprinting and pictures) that countries use for security purposes.

You will have to attend a visa interview during the application process.

The VLS-TS from France is valid for up to 3 months or more. So that you can stay during your entire degree programme, you may need to renew your visa every year. If you want to stay in France after your degree is over, you will have to apply for a different visa, or a visa renewal through the immigration office.

How much will I have to pay for the student visa?

To apply for the French VLS-TS , you will also have to pay a fee of 99 EUR. Depending on your situation, French authorities will allow you to pay this fee online, on location at a visa application centre in Kenya, or through a bank transfer.

Kenyan students won't need to get health insurance for the French visa.

What documents will I need to get for my student visa?

When you apply for your visa, one of the most important things you need to prove is that you can support yourself during your study programme. For France, they require you to prove that you have available 615 EUR/month either from an external source, or already in your bank account.

Kenyan students won't have to prove they speak English well enough to study in an international university in France. These language skills ensure that you can succeed in your classes and manage your way around France.

Kenyan students won't need to take a medical test before arriving in France.

Kenyan students won't need to set up a Restricted Bank Account. This type of bank account restricts the amount of money you can withdraw every month, and only allows you to access it when you arrive in France.

Look at the France immigration website for more detailed visa information.


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