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Studying in France
Logistics Before Departure

ISG provides its future students all the information they need before going to Paris: health insurance, Visa and resident permits, bank account, and living cost (transportation, entertainment, housing…).

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Health Insurance

Insurance for European Students

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IMPORTANT: Students will be officially registered only once they have presented evidence of health insurance, repatriation and civil liability coverage.

Students from the European Union must request a “European Health Insurance Card” (former E111/128) at their Health Center before leaving their country. This card insures minimal coverage during their stay in France.

Since this insurance covers only a small part of medical and dental treatments, it is strongly recommended to subscribe to a plan which provides additional coverage.

You can do so in 2 different ways:

  • You can subscribe to an additional insurance policy in your country before departure.
  • You can take out complimentary health insurance (you'll get more info upon arrival in France).

Insurance for Non-European Students

Students coming from non-European countries and studying in France for a period over 3 months have the same duties and rights as French students: they have to subscribe to the French State health insurance policy for 1 year.

This insurance is mandatory and additional to a repatriation and civil liability coverage. It covers only the medical part and its cost is more or less 200€. Subscription to this insurance will be done upon arrival during orientation week.

Since this insurance covers only a small part of medical and dental treatments, it is strongly recommended to subscribe to an additional coverage. You can do so in 2 different ways:

  • You can subscribe to an additional insurance policy in your country before departure.
  • You can take out complimentary health insurance (you'll get more info upon arrival in France).

Visa

Students from the European Union or from the European Economic Area

If you are a native of an E.U. country or Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or San Marino, no entry visa is required. You need a valid passport/ID card for the duration of your stay in France.

Non-European or Non-European Economic Area students

You must get a student visa before your arrival in France. You must request the visa form at the French consular services in your country of residence at least 3 months before your departure. You need a valid passport and apply for a visa “valant titre de séjour” (VLS-TS) OR a “Short-stay Visa” for less than 90 days. The documents required for visa application vary depending on your country of origin, for more information contact the nearest French consulate in your country of residence.

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The main documents for the Visa application

  • Passport: validation has to correspond to the duration of your visa request
  • Letter of admission: sent by ISG
  • Proof of sufficient income to live in France during your exchange: minimum monthly income of 615€. In case you possess a scholarship, a certificate of the amount and the duration will be asked.

For further information:
Getting a visa
Short-stay visas (less than 90 days)
Extended-stay student visa, with residency permit (VLS-TS)
Validating your VLS-TS visa

To check if you need a visa: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/

Attention: Please note that with a tourist visa you cannot study in France and it is impossible to change this in to a student visa! And it is also impossible to extend a visa when you are in France. Consequently, you will have to return to home country and apply for another visa.

Checklist of the documents you need before you come to Paris

Documents European Countries Non European Countries
European Health Insurance Card X
Medical Insurance X
Civil Liability Insurance X X
Repatriation Insurance X X
Proof of financial resources (in French) X X
Visa for more than 3 month stays X X
6 photos (with blank background) X X
Official Diplomas and copies X X
Vaccination Book, or proof that you are up-to-date with vaccines X X
Prescriptions, if you're taking a special treatment X X
Several Official birth certificates (+ official translation in French) X X

Most of these documents are necessary in order to get the French Resident Permit. Only original copies will be accepted and you should also bring duplicates of all documents.

Bank Account

We strongly recommend foreign students to open a bank account in France, especially for those staying more than a semester. This way they will be able to receive the APL housing benefit. During orientation week we will give you a list of banks, ISG partners.

Housing

Finding a place to stay in Paris can sometimes be quite difficult so we strongly recommend that you start looking before you leave your country. Housing will cost you between 600 and 1000 Euro/month for a student (first months are more expensive, agencies’ fees, deposit…) and insurance is mandatory (around 100€ a year).

Here is a range of housing costs:

  • Temporary: A night in a 2 star hotel is 100 Euro. But you can find a hostel for 30 Euro/night.
  • Private residence: Students have to pay the entire stay right away. Prices go from 600 to 1000 Euro/month.
  • Cité Universitaire Internationale: 400 Euro /month.
  • Apartments for rent: between 600 and 1000 Euro/month for a studio.
  • Room: from 500 and 1000 Euro/month.
  • Apartment sharing: from 400 to 800 Euro/month.

Housing Insurance

Most host families, residences and owners require students to take out a comprehensive housing insurance policy. You can ask information in several insurance companies upon arrival.

Living Cost in Paris

The average monthly budget in Paris would be around 1100 Euro. Fortunately, the student status gives right to many reductions in transportation, libraries, sports, cinema, museums, university cafeteria etc.

Here is list of prices to give you a general idea of what the living cost in Paris are.

Average monthly budget
Housing 600€
Food 200€
Transportation 55€
Material for school 45€
Leisure 100€
Various 100€

Transportation

10 ticket «carnet» = 14 €
A monthly pass = 60€
More information about transportation in Paris

Entertainment

movie ticket
with student reduction
11€
6,50€
museum or exhibition
with student reduction
10€
6€
pint of beer 6€
cocktail 8€
Night clubs 15€ - 20€