Do I need a VISA?

It is the first step of your registration. This procedure may allow you to obtain a visa “D” “validité carte de séjour”, if you are not a European Union citizen. You must be at least 18 years old.

First step

  • See the calendar 2021-2022 for dates and deadlines.
  • Fill the prelimenary registration form for 2021-2022 : in English | in Frenchin Spanish.
  • Send it with a deposit cheque of 1.000€ through your local bank, payable to the Université of Poitiers, to the CFLE of Poitiers or pay on line.

Second step

As soon as we receive your cheque you will be sent a registration certificate which may be required by the cultural services of the French Embassy in your country to obtain a long-stay visa.
If you need long-stay visa, contact the cultural services of the French Embassy before sending any money.

Final registration : what documents should I take with me ?

  • 2 birth certificates translated into French ;
  • 1 identity photo ;
  • a cheque from a French bank, international credit card or cash in Euro, for the registration fees (i.e what is still due)
  • your diplomas (translated either into French or English) needed for entry into the universities in your country.

They will be useful to obtain a Student Card which gives access to the cinema, university restaurants, and buses at reduced rates.
If you do not have these diplomas, you will receive a Study Card instead.
However, you must be aware that “secondary school leaving certificate” may not be regarded as an equivalent of the French baccalaureat by the French administration.


Once a deposit has been cashed, no refund can be obtained unless you can produce the original notification of a visa refusal from the French Embassy. This should be done at the latest 2 weeks before the beginning of the course. Do not forget to mention the address of your bank and your account number in your country.

An amount of 100 € will be retained for bank and administration charges.

Remember that your registration can be postponed until the following term.

Registration of migrants and refugees

If you have a migrant or refugee status, please consult this page.

In this case, to register, please send an e-mail to : with your first name, last name, date and place of birth as well as your study project at the University of Poitiers.