Apprenticeship for International Students

Apprenticeship in France, known as “apprentissage,” is a system of vocational training that combines academic education with practical work experience. This dual approach allows apprentices to acquire both theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills in a specific trade or profession.
International students can participate in apprenticeships in France, but there are specific rules and requirements they must meet. Here’s a detailed overview of the process and conditions for international students:

Conditions and Requirements

  • Age Limit: Generally, apprentices must be between 16 and 29 years old, but there are exceptions for older individuals in specific cases.
  • Enrollment in a Training Program: The student must be enrolled in a recognized French educational institution offering an apprenticeship program.
  • Language Proficiency: Proficiency in French is often required, as most apprenticeship training and workplace communication will be conducted in French.
  • Work Authorization: While the student visa (VLS-TS) typically allows part-time work, the specific apprenticeship contract must comply with French labor laws, including work hours and conditions.

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