Nearly to the day, three years ago, I left the States to study abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Since it was so long ago, 4 years ago, that I did my paperwork for that, I can’t really remember how it was done. Dang. But I found this post that jogged a part of my memory and might be helpful to some of you other hopefuls out there. And FYI, I had a long visa (6 months) and I could have extended it for longer if I had had the money.