45 emails sent
20 days in Paris
18 nights without an apartment
15 people called
10 days of classes
9 days without a shower curtain
9 apartment viewings
7 nigerian scammers
6 different neighbourhoods
5 day-of reschedules
5 times the landlord went with another offer
3 day-of cancellations
2 nights in a different hotel after getting kicked out of the first
1 apartment secured
0 spent on agency fees
104 days left.
A lot of people want to see the world for what it’s worth. While others want the world to see their worth.
I haven’t figured which category I fall in. Likely neither one completely. It seems as if I could fall between both.
The child-like curiosity of wanting to explore and live the adventure of travel versus. the supremely focused and inspired adult seeking the realization of dreams.
I know this much. The world is full of opportunity. It’s our responsibility to take full advantage of what has already been placed in front of us. My future is what I will make of it.
This time in Paris should allow me to fully immerse myself and increase my sensibilities to the business world. Having already built connections in the UK, and Central Canada, I plan to create lasting business relationships with the rest of the European world. That is where business has come and gone in the past few decades. Some would say their best days are behind them. In the meantime this is where I’ll be figuring things out.
James Avendano studied at ESCP Europe’s Master in Management program on exchange in Spring 2011 and has written a series of guest posts here. Check him out on Twitter or LinkedIn.
The first step after getting accepted by SFU International is setting up a profile on Campusfrance (CF).
After filling out your personal details, I contacted the Vancouver CF coordinator to help me fill out the rest of the application. CF is like SFU International, where your exchange school has to “approve” your application. The Vancouver CF coordinator emailed me a confirmation letter I needed for the Visa when ESCP Europe accepted me on CF.
The Visa Application
The Campusfrance coordinator recommended that I apply for the 2B Visa.
Some notes about the 2B Visa:
- The numbering on the translations page does not correspond with the application form. Get it checked!
- The required 35x45mm photos are not the same size as Canadian passport photos
- You need a letter from the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) (not an insurance provider, e.g. Sunlife) stating you have provincial medical coverage
- SFU Health plan covers additional travel insurance (as of Dec 24, 2010)
After completing the application I booked an appointment with the French Consulate in Vancouver here. They issued the Visa the same day so my advice is to book an appointment early to have enough time to get missing items. I also did not have to pay for the visa, which I’m assuming was subsidized.
Part 2: In addition to this visa, once you’re in Paris and living here you need to go through another application for the “Carte de séjour” or the “Titres de séjour”, which is a residence permit. More on this later..
Update: If you get the 2B visa, you do not need to get a Carte de séjour.
Update 2 (August 2011): It looks like the Campusfrance registration is no longer required making it even easier to get a Visa!