Practical Information - Spéos Photo School - © Jessie CABOT

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University students, professionals wishing to acquire or perfect photography skills for personal or career reasons, as well as interested amateurs, will find a program or workshop adapted to their needs. Admission requirements vary depending on the program chosen.
Registrations are open all year round.
Go to the Enrollment form

To enroll at Spéos, please…

  1. Fill in the Enrollment form and upload: a CV/resume and letter of motivation/statement of intent, a portfolio of 10-15 photos, a certified copy of Bachelor’s degree (for European Masters of Professional Photography only).
  2. Spéos reviews applications on a first come first served basis (“rolling applications”) and informs each student by e-mail as to the status of their application. Spéos sends the enrollment documents by e-mail and regular postal mail.
  3. Make the non-refundable down payment (€1,000 for EU students; €3,500 for international students), which reserves your place in the full-time program.
  4. Pay the first installment or the full tuition (full-time programs and workshops), necessary for obtaining a study visa in France. If the visa is not obtained, all the sums paid will be refunded.
    > You can pay by credit card on our secure payment page by clicking here
  5. Since the 1st July 2018, students who are definitely enrolled in higher education courses in France have to pay the “student and campus contribution” (CVEC: “contribution de vie étudiante et de campus”). The amount of €91 has to be paid directly on the CVEC payment portal of the French government. The first step in order to pay is to create a account.
    > Download the CVEC Procedure step-by-step guide
  6. International students: prepare your stay in Paris or London (visa application, find housing…).
    Organise your arrival in France with the Campus France checklist!

Registrations for full-time programs are open all year round and are subject to availability.
Applications for all Professional Photography Programs will be reviewed on a first come first served basis (“rolling applications”) until the respective program is full.
For successful candidates, enrollments become firm upon payment of the first installment (deposit) or the full amount of the tuition fees.

Requests for exchanges between the Paris and London campus (for the second semester of the Professional Photography Program or the Expert Modules) need to be made upon applying in the letter of intent.

Courses in London are taught in English. On the Paris campus, courses are taught in English and in French.
For all our programs (except the summer workshops), students who aren’t native speakers of either English or French need to have a language level validated by an English or French language test at B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The language requirement needs to be submitted at the beginning of a given program.

To apply for one of our workshops in Paris, Biarritz or London, please submit the Enrollment form at the latest one week before the beginning of the program. We recommend students who wish to attend more than one workshop to apply at least 3 weeks before the first day of class.

The summer workshops and part-time programs are subject to a minimum of participants. In the event of insufficient numbers, Spéos retains the right to cancel a workshop or postpone it to a later date. In the latter case, enrollment becomes only firm upon the participants’ approval of the change in dates.

Unfortunately, Spéos cannot offer any scholarships or financial aid. Please contact your home university, government or private associations as to funding possibilities.

In France, if you are salaried, you might be able to obtain tuition funding via à CIF (“Congé Individuel de Formation”).
Programs eligible for CIF: 1-year Programs in Paris

For the conditions on how to obtain student bank loans at the Spéos partner bank BRED, click here.

Spéos can assist students in their search for housing for the duration of their program by providing them with addresses and indications of housing possibilities in Paris, London or Biarritz. Students enrolled in the Professional Photography Programs should arrive at least one week before the beginning of the program to take care of practical matters.
As a private higher education course registered with the Rectorat d’Académie de Paris, Spéos is approved by the Social Security and confers Student Status on its students. Except in special cases, the Student Life and Campus Contribution (CVEC – “Contribution Vie Étudiante et Campus”) is mandatory. Each student in initial training at a higher education institution must obtain, prior to enrollment, a certificate of payment of the Student Life and Campus Contribution, by payment or exemption. The amount of the CVEC for the year 2019-2020 is 91€. The procedure is to be followed on the official portal:
Non-EU students must obtain a student visa in order to remain in France for longer than three consecutive months.
For further information on how to obtain a student visa, please contact Campus France ( – “Obtain your student visa”), as well as officials at the nearest French consulate or embassy in your country. Speos will assist students in obtaining their residence permit from the French authorities at the beginning of the program.
Students from the UK and all other EU member states (plus Norway and Switzerland) are covered by the health insurance of their home country and need to provide Speos with a copy of their NHS or European Health Insurance Card.
Non-EU nationals will have to provide Speos with a copy of their national / private health insurance policy clearly stating health coverage in the UK. For further information, please refer to the Health Advice for UK international students provided by the British Council.

As of today, Spéos cannot sponsor visas for the UK. The school should be able to do so as of September 2022 – contact Spéos for more information.
Visa nationals are thus advised to enroll at Spéos Paris, which has been a fully-fledged visa sponsor for many years. Certain citizens are allowed to study up to 6 months in the UK: they are advised to stay for their first semester in London, and move to Paris for the second semester as well as the Expert Modules, so as to finish their program in identical surroundings.

For further information on whether you are a visa national or whether you are allowed to study up to 6 months in the UK, please refer to the following website:

See the list of countries whose nationals do not need a visa to study in the United Kingdom (PDF)

Speos Paris can assist foreign students in the opening of a bank account for the length of their stay.