Work-study Training

Work-study training is an academic course in which periods of theoretical training alternate with periods of application in a company.

Work-study training is implemented as part of specific employment contracts: the apprenticeship contract and the professionalization contract. This is a real contract between the student, the company and the training establishment based on reciprocal work commitments. 

Access to work-study training for students of foreign nationality

To qualify for a work-study contract (apprenticeship or professionalisation), the student and the company must ensure that the candidate is eligible to obtain a full-time work permit when the contract is signed. We strongly advise you to consult the information available on this subject on Campus France website : https://www.campusfrance.org/en/working-student

More information about working while studying in France

Apprenticeship contract: 

  • possible to start until the day before the 30th birthday 
  • does not require registration with Pôle Emploi 
  • requires temporary full-time work permit for foreign nationals outside the EU, minimum of last 12 months on French soil 
  • recommended for non-EU foreign students over 26 years of age.  

Professionalization contract: 

  • possible until the eve of the 26th birthday 
  • from the age of 26, requires registration with Pôle Emploi  
  • requires temporary full-time work authorisation for non-EU foreign nationals, at least the last 12 months on French soil
  • strongly discouraged for non-EU foreign students over 26 years old because of work permits.

Work study programmes: 

  • Not possible for all training programmes
  • does not require a work permit 
  • full financing of the training by the student 
  • limited to 132 effective days in company 
  • for first-time migrants on French soil  

Why enrol in a work study programme?  

For companies:

  • Train an employee in the company's world and its methodologies
  • Benefit from the student's academic knowledge
  • Evaluate the student before offering him/her recruitment at the end of the contract
  • Strengthen its teams with a motivated young person
  • Be supported by the School: administrative and pedagogical managers, organisation of annual meetings, etc.

For students:

  • Make the most of and consolidate the lessons they have learned in the company
  • Acquire recognised professional experience
  • Benefit from financial support - remuneration and training costs
  • To integrate the world of work
  • Encourage recruitment at the end of their work-linked training contract, etc.
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