Students Corner



Working in France during your studies: International students are entitled to work part time upto 20 hours a week off campus. French legislation now authorizes foreign students to work a maximum of 964 hours per year. In France there is a guaranteed minimum salary, which is € 10.03 (SMIC 2019) gross per hour.

Working in France after your studies: Once you have obtained a degree equivalent to a Master’s or higher degree, you may request a temporary residence permit after expiration of your “student” residence permit. The temporary residence permit is valid for six months and is non-renewable.

This permit authorizes you to work in any kind of salaried job you choose, up to a limit of 60% of the legally permitted number of working hours.

If you sign an employment contract that is in a field related to your studies and whose remuneration is at least equal to one and a half times the SMIC, you will then be able to work full time and request a change in status (from student to employee) from the Préfecture administrative offices

Visa renewal while in France:

You must request the renewal of your residency permit from the Prefecture in your department of residence or from that of your educational institute two months before the permit expires. However, the time frames sometimes vary from one Prefecture to another. Find out ahead of time and don’t wait until the last minute to complete the procedures.
If you submit your request for renewal of a residency permit after the permit expires, except in the case of force majeure, you will have to pay 180 Euros for a legal stamp for being late.

Kenyan students in France are required to register and update  their informations with the kenyan embassy in Paris.
You can download the registration form from this link>>Here

Services offered to students by the Kenyan Embassy in Paris

Translation Services
Attestation of funds
Passport renewals

You can drive in France with your Kenyan driving licence on conditions that:

  • Your licence is valid
  • You have a translation of your licence in French

Here are some regulations to be aware when driving in France :

  • ALCOHOL LIMIT: For people that have less than three years of experience, the alcohol limit is 0.2 grams per litre. For experienced drivers and motorcyclists (more than three years’ experience) the limit is 0.5 grams per litre. Both are lower than the UK limit of 0.8 grams per litre.
  • HEADPHONES LAW: All drivers and riders have been prohibited from wearing headsets and headphones whilst driving, be it for music purposes or for phone calls. However, this does exclude motorcycle helmets that have integrated systems.
  • REFLECTIVE JACKETS: As of January 2016, motorcyclists are required to have reflective jackets to be worn in the event of a breakdown or an emergency.
  • CLEAN AIR STICKER: You now need a Crit’Air sticker displayed on your car when travelling to certain cities. It costs €3.63 and drivers face an on-the-spot fine of almost €120 if they don’t have one.
  • SPEED LIMITS: The speed limit on many A and B roads in France is 80 km/h.

All foreign students registered in any institution of higher learning in France can apply to Centre Régionale des Oeuvres Universitaires (CROUS), for university residence. For more information and applications visit this French government  website etudiant.gouv.fr

You can also look for housing in the private sector through this local advert website Leboncoin.fr

Kenyan groups in France you can join :

  • Kenyan Students WhatsApp Group through this link >>>https://chat.whatsapp.com
  • Wakenya (Kenyans in France)Send a requis to one of the admins +33754712468 or send your number through this form >>>Here
  • Kenyans in france Facebook Page >>>Here
  • Kenyans In France Community Page >>>Here
  • Kenyans Diaspora  Europe Page >>>Here