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 (4 levels available).
If your residency is outside 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, be sure to apply at least two months before the start of the chosen course, enclosing the IPAG letter of acceptance. This letter will only be sent to you 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.) and the LivinFrance platform, 100% dedicated to international students, also helps you to find available, short-term accommodation with no deposit required.
If your residency is in a euro zone country, there is no need to open a new bank account in France. Otherwise, we strongly encourage 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. These include BNP Paribas, Caisse d'Epargne and Société Générale.
Student card and IT services
An ISIC international student identity card will be given to you 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 (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 replacement proof does not necessarily give you access to the same services as the ISIC card.
An official document containing your login details and password will be distributed to you. This information 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. Be sure to check it regularly.
You can consult your timetable on the student portal as soon as you arrive.
The timetable is subject to change during the semester. It is advisable to consult it every week.
Attendance at classes is compulsory.
When you arrive, you may be surprised by university life in France.
The teachers may seem demanding to you.
Teaching methods and attitude in the classroom vary from country to country and are influenced by many factors.
Always make sure you arrive on time in class.
We expect students to have a regular presence and ongoing participation.
Class participation can be an integral part of your final grade. The courses are divided into lectures and tutorials.
They also include several questions and research work. It is very important that you meet deadlines.
Mid-semester exams are organised before the final exams which take place at the end of the semester.
Students benefit from remedial sessions for modules they have not validated.
Health and medical services
In France, Social Security covers the reimbursement of your health costs. However, in order to benefit from full coverage, it is strongly recommended to subscribe to a mutual insurance company.
The French healthcare system guarantees universal coverage to all citizens, which has earned it recognition as one of the best in the world which 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 the health expenses that you will incur during the first 3 months.
- In order 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.
Additional health cover
Students remain free to purchase additional insurance if they wish to receive a full or LARGE reimbursement of their health expenses. This is however recommended.
Don't forget to take out insurance. In the event of an accident, the cost of treatment can be very high if you are not covered.
Student Life and Campus Contribution (CVEC)
Students must pay the Student Life and Campus Contribution (CVEC) in the amount of € 90. (For the year 2018-2019).
This contribution is compulsory for all undergraduate and graduate students.
The CVEC must be paid at the start of each academic year.
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 by bank card. A payment certificate will be sent to you once the payment has been made. Download the certificate and save it. It will be requested at the start of the semester.
Cost of living on Paris and Nice campuses
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 €75.20
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€