International students: how to apply to LISAA?
International students are welcome at LISAA in both our French and English-taught programmes. Just follow the guide: Shannon Merck, admissions counselor at LISAA, will tell you everything you need to know!
How can I apply to a program at LISAA?
International students can apply to LISAA remotely. The application form can be downloaded from LISAA’s website. The additional required documents are as follows:
- Copy of passport
- Statement of purpose
- Letter of recommendation
- High school transcripts and diploma (if applying for bachelor level program)
- Undergraduate transcripts and diploma (if applying for a master)
- Proof of English proficiency for non-native speakers (IELTS 6.0 minimum or equivalent)
- Portfolio (either PDF or link)
Once compiled, students may send their complete application to: info[at]studialisedu.net.
After the file is received by the admissions department, an interview via Skype will be scheduled with the programme director.
International applicants may send their files until June 30th.
How long does the application process take?
Generally, the application process can take between 3 to 5 weeks.
Once your file is received, the admissions office will contact you to set up your interview over Skype with the program director. Depending on their availability, setting up an interview can take between 1 and 3 weeks.
Admissions work on a rolling basis, meaning that students will receive a response within a matter of weeks after interviewing. Students are usually notified within two weeks after their interviews.
How do I obtain a student visa?
Students must apply in person at their corresponding French consulate or embassy. The process can differ by country and region, so it is important to check the website to see what documents are required.
Campus France is a mandatory step in this process which verifies that each student accepted into a French institution is serious, motivated and qualified. Students must interview with Campus France in order to receive validation to bring with them to their visa appointment.
The visa process can be lengthy, so it imperative to stay organized during the process. Be sure to have all of your paperwork in order ahead of time, such as financial statements, notarized documents, and your official registration letter from LISAA. Students receive their registration letter once they pay the registration fee. This letter is necessary for both the Campus France and visa appointments.
As admissions do work on a rolling basis, students are encouraged to apply earlier on in the year as opposed to waiting until the deadline. This way, students can allow for enough time after receiving their acceptance into the programme to gather the necessary files and apply for the student visa.
How do I find accommodation in Paris?
We have a housing service to put students in touch with our trusted partners to find adequate accommodation in Paris. Our partners work closely with students to do their best to find something in the student’s budget that is not too far from the campus.
When do the courses start?
Courses run from mid-September until the end of May. Students typically arrive in Paris in early September to get settled before beginning classes. During school breaks and summer holiday, students are involved in internships and professional experience, either in France or abroad.