Originally Posted by missingmenton
Bev, what is risky about a student visa?
Basically your ability to renew it (or rather the titre de séjour) multiple times. Ultimately, you're expected to go back home after the completion of your studies.
OTOH, if you're on a "visitor" or "retirement" visa, you can still enroll in classes with little or no difficulty - and no expectation that you'll leave France at the end of the program.