French Visas for Education Abroad Programs


France remains a top destination for U.S. students studying abroad, but visa requirements vary by consulate causing some confusion among students and advisers.

Members of NAFSA’s Consular Affairs Liaison Subcommittee will answer your questions and provide tips on preparing the student visa application. Join the Collegial Conversation June 21 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT).

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Jason Sanderson, PhD
Georgetown University
Dr. Jason Sanderson currently serves as the assistant director of curriculum integration and assessment in the Office of Global Education at Georgetown University, where he has advised outbound students on study abroad opportunities in France and the French-speaking world for over ten years. He is also the France country coordinator on NAFSA's Consular Affairs Liaison Subcommittee. Dr. Sanderson's primary research interests are regional language ideology and identity as they relate to the traditional languages of Brittany.

Rebecca James
CEA Study Abroad
Based in New York City, Rebecca is regional director–East where she works closely with university advisors, faculty, and staff to support the student exploration, advising and registration processes as well as to identify ways in which CEA Study Abroad can assist in the success of the campus' agenda for internationalization. Prior to joining CEA in August 2009, Rebecca worked as the director of study abroad for Dublin Business School, a private college in Dublin, Ireland. Rebecca also serves as the NAFSA Consular Liaison to the New York Consulate of France, a role she has held since July 2010.

Erin Polnaszek Boyd
University of Wisconsin- Madison
As a senior study abroad adviser, Erin Polnaszek Boyd manages a portfolio of study abroad programs in Latin America, China, the Middle East, and in France, Belgium and Portugal. Erin received her BA in English literature with a Spanish minor and studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico while an undergraduate. She later received her MA in English with a focus on postcolonial literature. Erin came to UW Madison in July of 2008 after working in the study abroad office at the University of South Carolina. She serves as the NAFSA consular liaison to the Chicago Consulate of France.

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