June 23, 2009 11:49:17 AM CEST
my Australian girlfriend just completed her stay here in France on a one year working visa and will be going back to Aus soon to try and apply for a student visa so that she can return.
The university that she applied to have told her that she has to return to France as a tourist to complete an entrance exam in Sept to be accepted and then once accepted she can apply for the student visa from France...
That sounds a little fishy to me and I was wondering if anyone else out there has any insight into how it works.
If she is accepted then is it really possible to convert from a tourist visa over to a student visa while in France? Obviously she doesn't want to have to go from Aus to France to write the exam, from France to Aus to apply for the visa and then back again to start school in Novemeber...
Ultimately her goal is to get back into France so if anyone has any other ideas on which visas may be useful then please don't hesitate to make suggestions.
Any help / advice / shared experience would be most appreciated.