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

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

Rabat

A student visa is not required for US passport holders for stays under 90 days. If you are an international student, please contact the US APA office at usa@apaparis.com regarding the procedures of the Moroccan consulate 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

APA offers complimentary airport pickup upon arrival. For students to take advantage, they must fly into Charles de Gaulle airport. Date and time of the pickup will be announced to students after admission to the program.

Dakar

Complimentary airport pickup is available upon arrival. Date and time of the pickup will be announced to students after admission to the program.

Rabat

Complimentary airport pick up is available upon arrival. Date and time of the pickup will be announced to students after admission to the program.

Immunizations

Dakar

All students should consult a doctor and the CDC website for his/her recommended immunizations at least one month 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 one month before departure. The following are the CDC’s recommended vaccines for most travelers to Morocco:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid