The University of New Caledonia (UNC)

Contact details

Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie
BPR4 - 98851 Nouméa Cedex
Accueil : (687) 26 58 00 - Fax : (687) 25 48 29

Official website of the University of New Caledonia : http://www.univ-nc.nc/

information in english : http://www.univ-nc.nc/-International-students-.html

Study at UNC

Three kinds of international students can register at UNC :

* Exchange students coming from universities of Asian-Pacific or European (Erasmus programme) areas, to spend one or two semesters

* Solo students that want to start our pursue studies in New Caledonia (at Bachelor level)

* Master or PhD students who benefit from special agreements between departments or laboratories

The International Office is in charge of analysing pre-registering applications that must not be condiserated as definitive registration

- Exchange students :

* must pre-register on line
* are managed by universities international offices
* are exempted from Special Preliminary Admission (Demande d’Admission Préalable - DAP) procedure
* register at UNC but don’t pay for tuition fees
* are treated as local students (student card, university librairies and restaurant...)
* must cover their stay (health and insurance)
* may apply for university room

- Solo students :

* must pre-register on line (only if not concerned by DAP)
* must pay for tuition fees
* could be concerned by Special Preliminary Admission (DAP)
* are treated as local students (student card, university librairies and restaurant...)
* must cover their stay (health and insurance)
* have limited access to university room

-  Pre-registering and registering

All students must apply through a pre-registering/registering procedure

Exchange students admission is rather easy, while for "solo" students, procedure is quite different :

* After secondary studies (years 1 and 2 of Bachelor)

o students must apply for a Special Preliminary Admission (so called DAP). This procedure is compulsory for students that come to France for the first time. DAP application’s forms are managed by French embassies and consultates in each country

o direct on line pre-registering to universities is strictly forbidden

o if considerated by French authorities, the DAP’s application is sent to universities (Three choices available). If accepted by one university, a pre-registering proof is given to the student

Pay attention ! Closing dates for DAP must absolutely be respected (generally at the end on january)

Solo students from European Union are not concerned with DAP procedure. They must apply directly to the university. Other categories of students may also be exempted. More information : www.education.gouv.fr

* Pursuing studies (à partir de la L3)

o UNC may accept students directly

o no DAP procedure

o direct on line pre-registering and registering

o students must still comply with French immgration rules

- Visa and stay in New Caledonia

For foreigners wishing to stay in New Caledonia, the first step is generally to obtain a visa from the French consulate in their country of origin

Basically, there are two types of visa : short-stay visas (visas de court séjour) and long-stay visas (visas de long séjour). Some visas allow a single entry into the country, and others allow multiple entries

* Short-stay visas

Short-stay visas (visas de court séjour) are issued for stays up to three months and entitle the bearer to enter and stay inNew Caledonia. They thus perform the function of authorizing residence in the country for the visa validity period

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa for stays up to three months in France :

o the twenty five countries in the European Union

o other countries in the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway)

- Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brasil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay, Vatican and Venezuela

But they will need a visa if they wish to stay in France for more than three months

* Long-stay visas

Long-stay visas (visas de long séjour) are issued for stays from three to six months (nine months in some cases) and entitle the bearer to enter and stay in New Caledonia. These are the only visas enabling the holder to apply for a residence permit (though possession of a long-stay visa is no guarantee of obtaining a residence permit)

A long-stay visa affords temporary authorization for residence in New Caledonia pending issue of a residence permit (carte de séjour), and specifically includes the wording "carte de séjour" The holder of a long-stay visa must complete the residence permit application procedure within a period of three months. There is a special students’ version of the long-stay visa ("visa de long séjour mention étudiant"). This is issued as a preliminary step toward issue of a one-year renewable student’s residence permit running from the date of initial application

* Documents required when applying for a visa

To obtain a visa, students will have to fill in an application form, available from the French consulate in their country of origin. Supporting documents are required :

o valid passport

o proof of resources enabling you to live in New Caledonia for the stated period (for grant holders, this will mean a certificate stating the amount and duration of your grant)

o proof of health insurance coverage

o proof of preliminary enrolment (pre-registration at university or other institution of higher education (or official letter of acceptance from host company, specifying course dates)

o proof of French exit travel, valid at least three months from expiry of visa

* Before leaving

To obtain a visa, students will have to fill in an application form, available from the French consulate in their countries of origin. With this form there will be a list of required supporting documents :

o valid passport

o proof of resources enabling you to live in France for the stated period (for grant holders, this will mean a certificate stating the amount and duration of your grant)

o proof of health insurance coverage

o proof of preliminary enrolment at university or other institution of higher education (or official letter of acceptance from host company, specifying course dates)

o proof of French exit travel, valid at least three months from expiry of visa

Despite special student facilities like libraries, university restaurant, student accommodation and low-price transport, it does cost quite a lot of money to stay and study in New caledonia. A minimum of 450 euros per month is generally required by french consulates. Students must give proof of sufficient level of financial ressource before getting their visa

Pay attention ! Living in New Caledonia is expensive (and especially accomodation). 750 euros par month are a basic average necessary income in New Caledonia

Students wishing to stay in New Caledonia are required to produce proof of insurance covering healthcare expenses.

* At the arrival

All students must register at the Haut-Commissariat de la République’s administrative center. Non European students must apply for a "titre de séjour". To get the approval, students must present the UNC official application form

Address : Haut-Commissariat de la République en Nouvelle-Calédonie - (Centre Inter-Administratif de l’Etat -Immigration office) - 9, rue de la République - Nouméa Tél. (00) +687 23 04 03)

Following translated and certified documents must be gathered :

* passport
* two ID pictures
* birth certificate
* accomodation proof (if available)
* proof of financial resources
* proof of health insurance
* official UNC registering application
* UNC student card

- Renewal

Extra stay for solo students is carefully examined by the university. It depends on results and personal situation (scholarship, studies project...)

Published on 20/05/2008

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