Please find below information about ESRA International programs and the application process.

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What requirements are there for applying ?

- Applicants must provide a valid proof of identity (passport, EU national identity card)

- Applicants must fill the form on the website to receive the application and brochure. They must then read the guidelines and complete the ESRA International programs application, providing all the listed required supporting documents.

- Applicants for the 1 Year and 3 Year programs should have at least a high-school diploma or higher. (If you do not have a high-school diploma but still want to apply for these ESRA Filmmaking programs, please contact us before you apply to explain your educational background, so we can better advise you).

- You must be open-minded and tolerant towards different cultures and faiths. ESRA International programs are for applicants from all parts of the world and you must be ready to share in an intercultural experience.


What level of English is required for taking part in ESRA International programs ?

- Applicants must have a good level of conversational and written English. We understand that international students come from different backgrounds and have varying levels of English, but classes and workshops do imply the ability to write essays, take notes, learn technical vocabulary and succeed at exams.

- You do not have to justify your level of English if you are : an applicant who is a native English speaker OR an applicant with a high-school or higher diploma from an English-language school or university.

- If this is not the case, you must provide standardized English testing results (preference for TOEFL, but IELTS and TOEIC can also be considered).

- If neither of these cases apply or accessing a testing center is too difficult, please contact us by email or join a separate written statement with your application explaining your situation.

How long is the admissions process ?

Once your complete application has been received, along with the application fee payment, the ESRA International Admissions team will send you a confirmation email.

If you qualify as an applicant for the 1 Year or 3 Year programs, a 15 to 30 minute interview will be scheduled during the spring or over the summer, with a member of the ESRA International admissions team. The interview will be conducted in person in Paris or by phone / Skype.

Once your completed application with all documents has been received by the admissions team, it should take one to two months for you to obtain a final answer about your admission status.

If your application is approved and you are accepted into your chosen ESRA International program, you will receive an acceptance email and be asked to fill-in a registration form so as to begin the enrollment process.

What are the different elements of the application ?

In order to complete your application, please :

-­         Fill out the application form and write a statement of intent

-­         Send us a CV and a letter of recommendation (1 Year and 3 Year applicants only) from one of your teachers (high school, university) or from a professional contact

-­         If you are not a native English speaker and have no high-school or university degree in English, please provide the results of English-language proficiency testing (preference for TOEFL, but IELTS and TOEIC can also be considered)

-­         Join a recent photo (scan / print) AND a valid proof of identity (scan or photocopy of passport, EU national identity card)

-­         Include the 80 euro application fee (non-refundable), by wire transfer or by check written out to “ESRA”. Be sure to include your full name. Please do not send cash.

-­         Optional: Writing sample(s), Links or DVD of Short films, Showreel, or Portfolio website


The letter of recommendation and the English language test results are requirements for the 1 Year and 3 Year program applicants only. They can be received after the sending of the main application.

How do I send my application ?

- Make sure you have all the required documents before sending your application, preferably by email and with all files as PDFs.

- Send your completed application

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By mail :

International Programs
135 Avenue Felix Faure 75015  



What are the deadlines for applications ?

We accept applications up to the following dates, but we strongly encourage applicants to send their documents at least several months in advance if they want a better chance of being admitted to their chosen program.



For 1 Year and 3 Year program applicants September 4th, 2017

For Summer program applicants June 15th / 30th (depending on the module)

What are the options for payment of tuition fees ?

For the 1 Year and 3 Year programs :
Tuitions fees can be paid as one installment or in 2 to 4 installments.

For summer programs :
Tuitions fees can be paid in 1 or 2 installments, which must be received by the week before the start of classes.



Are there opportunities for scholarship ?

There are two options for obtaining scholarships to cover part or all of tuition fees :

  1. Some students look for and obtain scholarship funding from non-profit foundations, non-governmental or governmental organizations, ministries, and other institutions that provide educational scholarship funding, fellowships, or student loans. Students are responsible for searching and applying for these sources of scholarship funding, in their home country or region. For the part covering tuition fees, scholarship funding should be paid directly to ESRA.
  1. ESRA International Filmmaking scholarships - If an ESRA International program is fully enrolled (20 to 30 students per class), a few scholarships will be offered to students to cover part or all of their tuition fees, on the basis of merit and of financial need. For every 10 students enrolled, the value of one full tuition scholarship will be provided to one student or divided as partial scholarships for up to three students. Only applicants who have sent a full application will be considered for the scholarships, which are only for students who cannot, even with the financial assistance of their parents or guardians, afford to pay full tuition. Scholarships cover school tuition, not accommodation or travel expenses, which students must be able to cover.


How do I get a student visa ?

If you live outside of the European Union, you will need to get a student visa to participate in the 1 Year or 3 Year ESRA International programs.

If your application is accepted and you complete your student registration, you will get an official letter from the school supporting your application for a student visa. You will have to prepare and complete your application, then bring it to a French consulate or embassy. The process can take 3 months or more, so please make sure you apply well in advance if you will be requiring a student visa.

Summer program applicants can come on a simple tourism visa if their nationality allows them to stay in France for the duration of the summer course.

What about food, housing, and insurance ?

Although the admissions team can provide some helpful links and information, searching for housing and food are the responsibility of the students and/or their parents or guardian. Housing and food costs are not included in the school tuition fees.

The same is true for insurance. You must, as a student coming to France, have health and travel insurance that is appropriate and corresponds to your needs.


Eligibility and Age

For ESRA International 1 Year and 3 Year programs, students must be at least 18 years of age upon applying for the first year of the program OR turn 18 during the first academic year. The age limit for the programs is 30 years of age; however, students older than 30 can still apply and be accepted on a case to case basis, depending on the strength of their application. Recent high-school graduates who are passionate about filmmaking can benefit from the programs as much as professionals seeking career development or change.

For the Summer programs, applicants must be at least 18 years of age OR be accompanied by at least one supervising adult if they are under 18 (who will sign the application and who will take responsibility for the student during out-of-school hours).