Preparing your departure
Visa, housing, bank account, health coverage... here is some essential useful information for your studies in France.
French courses are also offered to international students (2 levels available).
If you're not a citizen of the European Union, you need a visa to enter French territory. This document can be requested at the French Embassy or at the Campus France branch in your country. However, you must apply at least two months before your studies, with a letter from IPAG business school that you will get once your registration has been confirmed and the tuition fees paid.
Our IPAG Housing platform gives you free access to offers selected by our teams (studio, apartment, room in a private home, etc.).
If you come from a euro zone country, there is no need to open a new bank account in France.But if that isn’t the case, we strongly recommand you to do so, in particular to avoid certain bank charges. Although there is a charge for opening an account, many banks offer student-friendly offers. That includes BNP Paribas, Caisse d'Epargne and Société Générale.
You will receive an ISIC international student identity card during the orientation session which will take place at the start of each semester. This card gives you access to IPAG and the examination rooms. It also allows you to benefit from numerous discounts on a series of products and services (such as bookstores, cinema during the week, university restaurants, etc.). If you do not have an ISIC card, you will be asked to provide a copy of your school certificate. However, this does not necessarily give you access to the same services as the ISIC card.
You will get an official document containing your login details and password, which will allow you to access our online platform and the digital tools available to you (planning, academic information). Once the semester has started, teachers and school staff will only contact you through your IPAG email address so make sure to check it regularly.
You can check your timetable on the student portal as soon as you arrive, and it is subject to change during the semester, so you should consult it every week.
In France, Social Care (Sécurité Sociale) covers the reimbursement of your health costs. However, to benefit from full coverage, it is strongly recommended to subscribe to an insurance company.
The French healthcare system guarantees universal coverage to all citizens, which explains why it has been named one of the best in the world, it's called Ameli.
Students from a State outside the European Economic Area
- Before your arrival in France, it is necessary that you subscribe to a private health insurance which will cover your health expenses during the first 3 months.
- To benefit from the general French social security system, you must register with the CPAM (Primary Health Insurance Fund) within 3 months of your arrival in France.
- You will not be asked to pay social security contributions.
Students from a member state of the European Economic Area
- Before your arrival in France, you must have a European health insurance card;
- No social security contribution will be required
- You will remain affiliated with the health insurance agency in your country of origin, to which you must communicate the medical forms that you will obtain in France.
Students remain free to purchase additional insurance if they wish to receive a full or LARGER reimbursement of their health expenses, which is recommended.
Don't forget to take out insurance. In the event of an accident, the cost can be very high if you are not covered.
Students must pay the Student Life and Campus Contribution (CVEC) in the amount of € 92, which is compulsory for all undergraduate and graduate students.
The CVEC must be paid at the start of each academic years, but students coming to France as part of an exchange program are exempt.
How to pay CVEC?
- Register online at MesServices.etudiant.gouv.fr
- Once your registration is complete, click on “CVEC” and fill out the form. Payment can be made online. A payment certificate will be sent to you once the payment has been made. Download the certificate and save it, as it will be requested to you at the start of the semester.
Paris Campus - Estimated Expenditures
Student health insurance: 90€ per month
Room in a shared apartment: From 500€.
Private apartment: From 800€.
Accommodation in student residence : Starting at 550€.
Home insurance: From 80€.
Electricity: From 50€.
Landline + WiFi: From €20
Public transport season ticket: From €84.10
Sandwich: From 4€ on
Nice Campus - Estimated Expenditures
- Student health insurance: 90€ per month
- Room in a shared apartment: From 400€.
- Private apartment: From 550€.
- Accommodation in student residence : From 450€ and more
- Home insurance: From 80€.
- Electricity: From 50€.
- Landline + WiFi: From €20
- Public transport season ticket: From €20
- Meals in the IPAG cafeteria: From €3.50
- Food: 250€.
- Sandwich: From 3€
- Coffee: 1.5€