Welcome to France

Would you like to begin or continue your studies in France? Take a look at these pages to prepare your future student life. Welcome to France !

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Studying in France



Parcoursup is the higher education admissions platform. How does it work?

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Before enrolling in a higher education institution, some students need to provide proof that they have paid the CVEC, the Student and Campus Life Contribution. Is it your case ?

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You are not subject to this if you came to France under an inter-university partnership, like an Erasmus+ exchange programme.

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Accomodation



Inside or outside a university residence, with or without roommates, from a private landlord or a private letting agency... there are differents ways to find an accomodation in France.

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Rent is a significant part of your budget - so don't forget to apply for housing aid, whether this is paid by the CAF (Family Allowance Fund) or managed by the "Action Logement" association.

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What should you check when you visit the accommodation? What documents can or cannot be requested from you? Here are a few tips and rules to follow before signing your rental agreement.

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As a tenant, you are liable for any damage caused to the accommodation during the term of the lease. You must therefore repair any damage caused. For this reason, in most cases, the law requires...

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Any person occupying a residential property on 1 January of the tax year is liable for housing tax. There are however exemptions, relief and rebates for this tax.

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Health



All you need to know about your social security coverage, how to get the highest reimbursement rates, and who to contact.

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Each university has a university health service which is available for advice and individual consultations.

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Accessibility in your place of study, accommodation, catering, sport and culture, transport, etc.

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Assistance for your student life



In France, with the student status you can benefit from specific financial and in-kind support.

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Are you looking for a job to fund your studies, leisure pursuits or holidays? There are different sources of information that can help you in your search.

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Do you feel a bit lost when it comes to the different types of employment contracts you might be offered? Are you wondering what they involve?

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The social service assistants at your CROUS (Regional Centre for School and University Life) and your university are there to help you.

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There are specific fares or schemes for students and young people in general, to help you get about more cheaply on public transport. Do you know what they are?

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For only €10, this card gives you discounts in 37 European countries. Travel, cultural trips, sports activities, etc., with over 60,000 benefits a year!

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Catering



The CROUS offer a wide range of quality catering at low prices on campus.

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All the CROUS catering (and residence establishments) displayed on an interactive map.

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Whether you're on campus, in the CROUS catering outlets or at home, there's always a way to eat well without having to break the bank.

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Make yourself at home



There are several options to learn French as a foreign student.

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Having a student sponsor, or buddy, in France can be very useful in helping you get settled in when you arrive in France or even to before your departure. It's also an excellent way to meet other...

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As well as being a great opportunity for personal development, joining an association is also a very practical way to develop cross-cutting skills in parallel with your studies. And of course it's...

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In any case, don't hesitate to contact one of the local associations member of ESN France, an international student network.



Justice / Legal and psychological help



Here are some links, numbers and advice on what to do if you have been a victim of discrimination.

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Here are some resources and initiatives for talking about abuse and taking action on your campus.

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Nightline is here for you. Nightline is a listening, support and information service run BY students, FOR students.

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Welcome refugees



You have been granted refugee or subsidiary protection status and want to start or continue your studies in France?
France also welcomes you as a student. You will find all the necessary information below.

You are a refugee or asylum seeker and would like to begin or continue your studies in France?

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There are several options to learn French as a foreign student.

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> Interactive maps that will help you find who to contact at the local Crous and manage your daily needs (food, libraries, hospitals...)