Practical Information - Spéos Photo School - © Jessie CABOT

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Registration procedures

Our various professional photography programs meet the expectations of photography students, professionals or passionate amateurs wishing to acquire or consolidate their knowledge. Admission requirements vary according to the program. Applications are open all year round and enrolment is subject to availability.

1. Application file
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. Application reviews
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.

3. Down payment
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. Payment of the tuition fees
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. For successful candidates, enrollments become firm upon payment of the first installment (deposit) or the full amount of the tuition fees.
> You can pay by credit card on our secure payment page by clicking here

5. Student and campus contribution
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 MesServices.etudiant.gouv.fr account.
> Download the CVEC Procedure step-by-step guide

6. Prepare your stay
International students: prepare your stay (visa application, find housing…).
Organise your arrival in Paris with the Campus France checklist!

Practical information

The tuition fees are indicated in the “Practical information” paragraphs on each course presentation page.

The prices indicated include registration fees and tuition fees allowing access to:
– the infrastructure and teaching resources,
– the loan of professional photo equipment (professional lighting kits, lenses, flashes),
– the school’s computer facilities (computer classrooms equipped with Adobe Creative Suite licences),
– certain photo supplies (paper, prints, paper backgrounds) when used during class work.

These fees do not include:
– the “student life and campus contribution” (CVEC) fee of €92 for the year 2021,
– the cost of supplies used for personal work, such as digital SLR cameras, lenses, personal laptops, personal software, portfolios, prints, business cards, and website memberships, which are the responsibility of the students.

Spéos offers courses in English and French.

On the Paris campus, courses are taught in English and in French.
Courses in London are taught in English only. NB: The Spéos London programs are suspended for an indefinite period of time due to multiple direct and indirect complications linked to Brexit. The Spéos Paris courses remain available all year round in English and French.

For all courses (except the workshops), students whose mother tongue is not French or English must provide a language level validated by a test of French or English at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
This language requirement is to be provided at the beginning of the chosen course.

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

In France, employees can sometimes benefit from a “Professional Transition Project” (PTP, ex-CIF) or use their “Personal Training Account” (CPF, ex-DIF), which allows them to have all or part of their training financed by organisations such as Transitions Pro, AFDAS or any other OPCO.

These are long procedures and it is strongly advised to prepare the file at least 6 months before the start of the training. Only Spéos’ certifying trainings (delivering all or part of the blocks of competences) can be taken in charge by these financing schemes.

For international students, Spéos has concluded a partnership with the Caisse d’Epargne, allowing you to obtain easier account opening conditions. For more information, see the conditions (PDF).

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: https://cvec.etudiant.gouv.fr/

Housing
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 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.

Visa
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 (www.campusfrance.org – “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.

Bank
Spéos Paris can assist foreign students in the opening of a bank account for the length of their stay with Caisse d’Epargne Ile de France.

International students with visas for more than 6 months
Students are entitled to free medical treatment from the NHS but they re required to pay an immigration health surcharge. The fee is a mandatory fee of £470 per person, per year of their visa. This fee will entitle students to free health services under the NHS.
Students may need to buy health insurance to cover any treatment which is not covered by the NHS, or for private, non-emergency medical treatment.
NB : The Spéos London programs are suspended for an indefinite period of time due to multiple direct and indirect complications linked to Brexit. The Spéos Paris courses remain available all year round in English and French.

NB : The Spéos London programs are suspended for an indefinite period of time due to multiple direct and indirect complications linked to Brexit. The Spéos Paris courses remain available all year round in English and French.

Spéos has developed a policy of welcoming and including people with disabilities. Odile Adrian is the person in charge of the school’s services for people with disabilities. The referent will receive your request and will endeavour to provide all the solutions and adaptations necessary for the smooth running of your training course.

Access to the school for people with reduced mobility: the premises are accessible on the ground floor and are equipped with access ramps (on request). It is recommended that you contact the secretariat before arriving in the premises to ensure the best possible welcome and assistance.

Examinations: in order to ensure that candidates with special needs can take the examinations under fair conditions, the person in charge of the organisation of the examinations studies the necessary means adapted to the specific context of the candidate (as far as the duration and the logistic or human organisation are concerned) without modifying the content of the examinations in order to maintain the required level of examination.
For more information, please contact Spéos.

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.

In addition to this information, you can consult Spéos’ FAQ or contact the school directly.

Go to the Enrollment form