American students traveling to France for a semester or longer need a passport and a student visa. It is your responsibility to obtain a visa, and all incoming students are advised to read through visa materials carefully. Students should apply early for their passport; however, you can only apply for a visa three months before the start of classes in France.
Participants will receive instructions and documentation from the New York office of NYU Paris to present to the French consulate and should not attempt to obtain the visa until that time. Students of other nationalities are responsible for consulting not only the U.S. and French authorities, but also the embassy or consul of their own country with regard to regulations for entering and leaving France and returning to the United States. Find out which French Consulate has jurisdiction in your region.