Studying in France : what you need to know
Do you live out of France and wish to join IPAG? Find out about the essential information you will need in order to properly prepare for your studies or your academic exchange in France.
How to obtain your visa?
Non E.U residents need to apply for a visa in order to enter French territory. This document can be issued by the French embassy or the Campus France services in your country. Do make sure to send your visa application at least two months prior to the beginning of classes and together with your acceptance letter from IPAG, which will be sent to you once your enrolment has been confirmed and your tuition fees have been paid.
Health insurance: which coverage for whom?
In France, health insurance is mandatory for all students regardless of their nationality. Residents of the European Economic Area or in Switzerland simply need to carry an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Otherwise, regulations will vary depending on your situation.
Staying in France for more than three months? You are then required to register with the French general social security scheme via http://etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr . The application procedures takes 3 months. You will thus have to subscribe to private insurance in order to cover that short period of time.
- Staying in France for less than three months? You will be required to purchase private health insurance in order to benefit from complementary health cover.
A new bank account or not?
If your home country is part of the Eurozone country, setting up a new account in France is unnecessary. Otherwise, we strongly encourage you to do so, not least in order to avoid bank charges. Although you will be charged for setting up an account, many banks offer solutions specially designed for students. Such is the case of BNP Paribas, Caisse d’épargne or Société Générale. Not feeling comfortable enough with French language? Britline, the English-speaking branch of Crédit Agricole, allows you to meet with an English-speaking adviser.
IPAG welcomes and supports you
Once you have reached your destination, do not hesitate to get in touch with Global’IPAG, the school’s International Students Office. Its members are there to welcome international students and facilitate their integration into campus life, in both Paris and Nice. They will be happy to help you with your administrative formalities and to introduce you to the French way of life. Looking for a studio, an individual room in a private home, a shared apartment? The IPAG Housing platform allows you to browse through housing offers best suited to your needs while receiving individually tailored advice.