You just arrived in France for your studies?
Registration for Health Insurance is free of charge and mandatory. It means your health costs will be covered throughout the duration of your studies.
Step 1: your registration
When you arrive in France, and after having obtained your certificate of enrolment in a higher education institution:
- Register at the dedicated Health Insurance website etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr ;
- Enter the mandatory information ;
- Submit the requested supporting documents, which will vary depending on your situation and your country of origin. After following these steps, your personal space will be created. You can access this using the email address you entered when registering. To help you with registering, watch the tutorial under “Help”.
Step 2: your healthcare procedures to be quickly and properly reimbursed
- Declare your attending physician to ensure better medical monitoring and be better reimbursed. He or she will offer you appropriate care and refer you to a specialist if needed.
- Take out complementary health insurance to top up the Health Insurance reimbursement. If you are on a low income, the Health Insurance may help you with the Complementaire Santé Solidaire.
- Order your Vitale card when you receive your letter after registering on the website etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr. The Vitale card must be presented at your medical appointments. It contains all information necessary for reimbursement of your healthcare costs, and coverage if you are hospitalised. It must be updated once a year and every time your situation changes. This can be done at the terminals installed in all health insurance centres and in most pharmacies.
- Open your ameli account on the ameli app (download in Google Play or App Store) or at ameli.fr to track your reimbursements, update your personal information, and access all online services.
If you encounter any difficulties in registering for Health Insurance, contact 3646 (free service + cost of call) Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 17:30. On request, you will be put in touch with a telephone advisor who will talk to you in English, and you may be offered a meeting.