I'm an Indian citizen and I'll be attending the first semester of my Master's in France from Sept '16 - Jan '17. As I'm part of a mobility programme, I'll be moving to UK for my second and third semesters (Jan - Jan '18). Technically, I'll have to apply for my UK Student visa from France.
I was told that to apply from another place other than my home country, I'll have to be "normally resident" (=> visa for more than six months). However, my period of study is only 5 months at the maximum. How can I go around this, since I do not have any break between semesters to be able to go back and apply?
I was under the impression that having a Long Stay visa in itself was a temporary residence permit and that it would suffice.
PS. I'm on an Erasmus Mundus scholarship if that helps in any way.