Work-study training

Work-study training programmes combine theoretical education with real experience of the business world.

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

Access to work-study training for foreign students

To qualify for a work-study contract (apprenticeship or professionalisation), the student and the company / business 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 official website about your rights: https://www.campusfrance.org/en/working-student

More information about working while studying in France

Apprenticeship contract: 

  • open to young people aged 16 to 29.
  • does not require registration with Pôle Emploi.
  • requires temporary full-time work authorisation for non-EU nationals with at least the last 12 months (minimum a year) on French soil.
  • recommended for non-EU foreign students over 26 years of age.  

Professionalisation contract: 

  • open to young people aged 16 to 25 and job seekers aged 26 and over.
  • from the age of 26, requires registration with Pôle Emploi.  
  • requires temporary full-time work authorisation for non-EU nationals with at least the last 12 months on French soil.
  • strongly discouraged for non-EU students over 26 years of age due to work permit.

Work-study programmes (learning while doing): 

  • not possible for all training programmes.
  • does not require a work permit.
  • full financing of the training by the student.
  • limited to 132 days working for a company.
  • Open to first-time migrants’ applicants in France.

Why enrol in a work-study programme?  

For companies:

  • train an employee according to the needs of the business. Ideal when management has specific requirements..
  • benefit from the student's academic knowledge. The student can apply its latest educational learning to his/her tasks.
  • evaluate the student's skills during his/her placement before offering him/her recruitment at the end of the contract.
  • strengthen the teams with a motivated and committed 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 learnt while working. Learning by doing to master a task.
  • acquire recognised professional experience.
  • benefit from financial support - remuneration and training costs.
  • it facilitates the professional insertion.
  • encourage recruitment at the end of their work-study programme.
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