Information

for Parents

Going Abroad

Passports & Student Visas

All students must have a valid passport that will not expire for at least six months after their return. To apply or renew a US passport, visit the US Department of State’s website.

Paris

Students who study in Paris for a semester or academic year must receive a long-stay student visa issued by the French consulate prior to going abroad. Students with a valid passport from Switzerland, Andorra, Vatican, San Marino, Monaco or the European Economic Area do not need to apply for a visa.

Obtaining a student visa consists of two separate steps: applying online through Campus France USA and an in-person appointment. APA will contact students after their admission with a comprehensive, step-by-step breakdown of tasks in order to successfully complete the process.

Visit the France Visas website to learn more.

Dakar, French Antilles & Multi-Country: France, Morocco, Senegal

For stays under 90 days, a student visa for US passport holders is not required to study in France, Morocco, Senegal or, Martinique. If you are an international student, please contact the US APA office at usa@apaparis.com regarding the procedures of the respective consulates for your home country.

Flight Options

Websites like statravel.com are student travel agencies and typically offer flights with reasonable fares, have more flexible date change policies, and provide a book now, pay later deposit payment program. STA Travel offices are in major cities and in most student towns. You can also purchase tickets through the APA-STA Travel portal or call them at 1-800-226-8624. When you mention APA at the time of booking, a portion of the purchase price is allocated to a scholarship fund for future APA students.

Paris, Dakar & French Antilles

APA offers complimentary airport pickup on the program start date. The time of the pickup will be announced to students after admission to the program. In order to take advantage of airport pickup, flights should arrive at least 1.5 – 2 hours beforehand, to ensure there is enough time to go through customs and collect luggage.

In Paris, airport pickup is only at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport.

Students are responsible for transportation to the designated program meeting place in town if they are not present at the airport pickup collection point at the indicated time.

Multi-Country: France, Morocco, Senegal

Students are responsible for a roundtrip ticket to Paris. Air travel to Rabat and Dakar and return air travel to Paris at the conclusion of the program is included in the program fees.

Complimentary airport pickup on the program start date is included. The time of the pickup will be announced to students after admission to the program. In order to take advantage of airport pickup, flights should arrive at least 1.5 – 2 hours beforehand, to ensure there is enough time to go through customs and collect luggage.

In Paris, airport pickup is only at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. Students are responsible for transportation to the designated program meeting place in town if they are not present at the airport pickup collection point at the indicated time.

In Rabat and Dakar, airport pickup and drop-off is included.

Immunizations

Dakar

All students should consult a doctor and the CDC website for his/her recommended immunizations about 4- 6 weeks before departure. The following are the CDC’s recommended vaccines for most travelers to Senegal:

  • Yellow Fever: All students must show proof of an up-to-date vaccine in order to enter Senegal
  • Malaria: APA recommends the prescription Atovaquone-proguanil, brand name: Malarone, which is the most commonly used medication by travelers in Senegal. While more affordable, students who have taken doxycycline report upset stomach and increased sunburn/bad reaction to the sun as side effects.
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid

Rabat

All students should consult a doctor and the CDC website for his/her recommended immunizations about 4 -6 weeks before departure. The following are the CDC’s recommended vaccines for most travelers to Morocco:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid

French Antilles

All students should consult a doctor and the CDC website for his/her recommended immunizations about 4 – 6 weeks before departure. The following are the CDC’s recommended vaccines for most travelers to Martinique:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid