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O.K. I´m in a bit of a problem here and need some advice. I was accepted to a 2012 summer language program in France and a Semester long program Sept 2012- May 2013. I will go to the embassy and ask for a long stayed student visa.

At the same time, I just learned today that I was also accepted to a University Program in Austria. The start date is Sept 16, 2012

Say that I only want to do a summer language program in France and then move to Austria to do a Master program in September 2012.

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Will I run into a problem with the French authorities because I didn´t finish the semester long program?

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Do I need to exit France and then apply for another visa at the Austria consulate or should I be able to move to Austria in September and register there with the proper authorities?

My apologies because I might not even be phrasing the question properly.

Thanks for your help.

Alx
 

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Basically, having a long-stay visa for France won't do you any good for your semester long program in Austria. You'll need an Austrian student visa for that. (And I suspect that you'll have to apply for a student visa for Austria from your home country.)

1. You won't run into a problem with the French authorities if you enter France with a long stay visa and then just leave early. They probably won't really care - though you will have spent the visa fees for nothing. (If the summer program is only two months long, you only need a 90 day Schengen visa.)

2. To attend a regular program in Austria, you're going to need a student visa for Austria. Check with the Austrian consulate website for your home country, but normally you must apply for a long-stay visa from the country in which you are resident.
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Thanks Bev, I thought for some reason that Austria was part of the Schengen area. Thus, a different visa wasn´t needed.

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Thanks Bev, I thought for some reason that Austria was part of the Schengen area. Thus, a different visa wasn´t needed.

Alx
Austria is part of the Schengen area - but a "Schengen visa" is a 90 day tourist visa, not a student visa. On a long stay visa, you can visit other Schengen countries for up to 90 days, but only as a tourist.
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Austria is part of the Schengen area - but a "Schengen visa" is a 90 day tourist visa, not a student visa. On a long stay visa, you can visit other Schengen countries for up to 90 days, but only as a tourist.
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O.K. I understand now

Thanks again

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