Student Life and Campus Contribution (CVEC)
The CVEC may be paid online or in cash
Certain exemptions from the CVEC are recognized
Even if you are exempt from the CVEC, you must register at cvec.etudiant.gouv.fr
The foregoing steps must be completed before you attempt to register at your university or other institution
A Guide to the Mobile Plan and Internet Providers in France
All the information will be in the following link: https://en.selectra.info/broadband-phone-france/providers
Open a bank account
Imagine’R (Student Transportation Card)
All the information will be in the following link: https://www.iledefrance-mobilites.fr/en/tickets-fares/detail/imagine-r-student-ticket
Prepare for the start of term and think about your social protection!
Registration for French social security is free of charge and mandatory. It means your health costs will be covered throughout the duration of your studies.
Your registration procedures once you have arrived in France.
When you arrive in France, and after having obtained your certificate of enrolment in a higher education institution, register at the dedicated the “Assurance Maladie” website etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr. Then enter the mandatory information and upload the supporting documents requested. It is recommended that you upload all your supporting documents at the same time:
To help you with your registration, watch the tutorial on the website etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr, under “Help”.
After following these steps, your personal account is created. You can access it using the email address entered when registering.
To guarantee coverage of your health costs and receive medical treatment, it is essential to undertake certain procedures. You can watch these procedures via this tutorial.
If you encounter any difficulties in registering for the “Assurance Maladie“, contact 36 46 (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 be able to talk to you in English and will offer you a meeting.
Doctolib is a convenient website to arrange an appointment with a doctor. The website is unfortunately not translated into English, but you have the possibility to select a doctor that speaks English.
You can select English in “langues parlées” to obtain the results for doctors that speak English.
The translation of general practitioner is “médecin généraliste”.
Please note that you will be asked to give your “carte vitale” at the appointment. The card will also be asked when you retrieve your medication.
They are easy to find due to their green cross sign.
Hospitals in Paris : The 39 hospitals of the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, located in various parts of Paris and the Île-de-France, provide a service for all the public, 24 hours/24 and 7 days/7. They account for 25 general emergency departments.
Emergency numbers in France
- SAMU (Ambulance): 15
- Police: 17
- Fire: 18
- General Emergency: 112 EU-wide emergency number that will contact emergency services in any EU country or language. Have this number on hand while traveling around Europe.