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A national portal for sharing flats, rooms to rents...(Select the location)
The "Missions locales" network covers all the French territory, the centres are in charge of the information, the guidance, the employment, the support of the young people from 16 to 25 years old. The aim of the network is to give individualized answers also in training, health, accomodation information.
Everything to find and rent an accommodation when you are studying in Paris, Lyon, Marseille and everywhere in France.
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: information on what to do before coming to study in France
The French national association of the science students
Europass est un ensemble de cinq documents permettant d'exprimer clairement ses compétences et qualifications en Europe.
The website of French medicine students.
National association of pharmacy students
The website of the French organization of the students in Technique, Physical and Sports Activities.
The BAPU are places for students who want to be received, listened to and followed by psychologists and psychiatrists. The services are free for registred students. iesThe service is available for temporary difficulties (2, 3 times)
Website of the Family allowance Fund/CAF
The CAF helps families:
- Payment services to families
- Participation in the financing of services and equipments.
- Participation in financing education and leisure actrivities for the children
- Support for housing (student's housing for example)
Information given by the French higher education and research ministry, for foreign students who want to come to study in France (registration,organization, how to learn French, etc)
Campusfrance proposes a directory of short cultural and linguistic courses in France.
The Campusfrance website proposes short cultural and linguistic courses at various levels for foreign students during summer or throughout the year.
Location of the courses on a map.
A distant service proposed by the ONISEP: advisers answers to the questions on guidance, training, studies and jobs. Youngsters, students, parents can contact directly this service by telephone, chat or mail.
The local French associations of the network ESN France are located in many towns. They work at the welcome, the integration and the support of the international students in mobility in France.
En France, Eurodesk s´appuie sur le réseau Information Jeunesse, avec : Le CIDJ (Centre d´information et de documentation jeunesse) comme coordinateur national, plus de 72 structures régionales (CRIJ) et locales (BIJ et PIJ) réparties sur tout le territoire.
The FAGE: Federation of the Student General Associations is an association which is represented in numerous national and international authorities.
The network of the CROUS manages public accommodation for students in France.
Information on how to obtain a student accomodation.
Full time and part time courses are available in all the French territory for foreigners who wish to learn the French language, in the GRETA (groupements d'établissements) centres. These centers are public and depending on the ministry of education.
The website of the Agency for Promoting French as a Foreign Language - FLE - aims to deliver information to foreign persons, looking for French language courses in France. The Agency is in charge of the general schools directory and the website.
The CIEP (centre international d'études pédagogiques) offers a list of the French tests and qualification corresponding to the Common European Framework . These examinations can be prepared in France or abroad. The CIEP organises various language national diplomas (DILF, DELF, DALF...) for foreigners.
CampusBourses delivers instant information on financial aid by allowing you to perform searches customized to your needs. From the licence (bachelor) to the postdoc levels, CampusBourses contains data on grant and scholarship programs of national and local governments, corporations, foundations, and institutions of higher education.
The network of CIO's covers all the French territory. They belong to the French education ministry.Their specificity: to give informations about pofessions, studies and guidance counselling to youngsters, students, parents, adults.
The university information and guidance service organizes the information and student's guidance issues in each university throughout various programs. These centers are also in charge of internships and of the occupational integration.
In each French university you will find a guidance center for students.
Network of the Chambers of Commerce: guidance information, jobs description, information on apprenticeship, agenda of guidance events in various French regions...
This guide is a practical tool with information and methodological assistance for the whole university community. It precises how to welcome and accompany at best the disabled students, make them the most independant as possible and help them to their occupational integration.
Handi U , general information on guidance, training courses, apprenticeship,resources ... to help the young disabled people in their choices of studies.
The network of information centre for youngsters (CIDJ) has developed a place called "HandiJeunes" to promote access of young disabled people in higher education and so to strengthen their acess to employment.
General information on student social insurance: rights, how to register, practical information...
Information complète sur l'organisation, les droits et les cotisations de la sécurité sociale étudiante sur le portail du ministère de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche.
The Alliance Française is a private higher education establishment with a network of centres located in France and abroad to learn the French language and culture.
If you are an European student legally registred in a higher education institution, you could occupy an employment as a supplement to your studies, within the limits of an annual working duration of 964 hours.
If you are legally renrolled in a higher education institution and you have a visa, you can have a salaried activited during your studies in France. The job can't exceed 60% of a full time job.
Detailled information on the French portal for public services
The network of ressources centres named the Cité des métiers, in France and Europe, are places managed in partnership by different stakeholder organizations, where you can have advices and resource materials, for adults and youngsters. These space is jointly run by partners specialising in career advice, training, employment, appraisal and creation of activities, who pool their resources to provide the best career advice, integration and professional development for individuals. Currently, there are 30 similar places which have obtained the "Cité des métiers" label in 10 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Chile, Togo and Belgium.
Campusfrance proposes for foreign students many guides on the way of life in France : history, cultural life, insurance, main useful links, information of cost of living in France...
The main website for the students accomodation (CROUS network student residences) and private housing for students
AMELI, the French portal dedicated to social insurance: rights and tips to inform on your social welfare according to your professional, personal and medical situation (employee, job seeker, youngster, student, trainee, apprentice..) The social security (Sécurité sociale) is of high quality,it provides for individuals a reimbursment for a portion of their medical expenses in return for a low basic payment.
The French network of chambers of Trade has in each region a "Centre d'Aide à la décision" (CAD Centre of help to the Decision) to welcome, to inform on trade jobs,on training, to assist the young people to find an apprenticeship...This service is also opened to the adults and to the managers.
Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration (OFII) is the French agency in charge of migration and welcoming foreign people
The portal of the "Office National d'Information Sur les Enseignements et les Professions" (National Office on Studies and Occupations)
The national publisher on learning opportunities from secondary education to higher education, occupation descriptions, guidance system. Information for youngsters, students, teachers, parents...Database on learning opportunities, regional adresses, events on guidance
The Euroguidance Centres within Education ministry consist of five centres, the "Onisep" (National Information on learning Opportunities and Professions) and 4 guidance centres (CIO – Centres d’Information et d’Orientation) located in Lille, Lyon, Marseille and Strasbourg. They have a regional contacts network for the European dimension in guidance issues.
The Euroguidance centres within Education give priority to providing information to the public and support to guidance and information professionals either from France or from abroad. They have direct contact in the centre with the end users. They participate at a number of student fairs in france and abroad.
Their main tool is their website where they publish information on European mobility and where clients can have the opportunity to ask questions directly to counsellors. They provide training activities for guidance counsellors and take an active part in transnational partnership within innovating projects.
Plusieurs cas de figure peuvent se présenter selon le pays d'origine de l'étudiant:
- des ressortissants dispensés de visa
- des visas de court séjour (moins de 90 jours) qui relèvent de la reglementation européenne
- des visas de long séjour pour études - titre de séjour (VLS -TS)
- des visas de long séjour, scientifique- chercheur
The official French civil service: rights and regulations in France
The website has practical guides online classified by theme, a civil service directory and public website directory and you can use the links to access the texts of laws, public reports and job offers in the civil service. The search engine will help you find information about all the gateway topics and on public websites.
The official website for the French civil service gives a list of public websites containing information in English
If you are received as student (under of 28 years old )in a higher education institution you have to register at the same time at the "sécurité sociale" .
Payment fees in in 2015/2016, 215€/year, payment is mandatory for non-European students. (except for students) benefitting from a French governmental scholarship; The EU and EEE students are exempted if they have a European Health insurance card valid for the entire academic year.
The Campusfrance's website gives a description of health care system in France and useful information
The French section of the European Law Students' Association (ELSA)
ELSA is the world's largest independent law students' association offering traineeships to law students, recent graduates students.
AIESEC france is a global, non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education.
For graduate students looking for cultural or professional experience abroad.
In each university students will find a service of preventive and health-promoting medicine ( S.U.M.P.P.S/Service Universitaire de Médecine Préventive et de Promotion de la Santé)
These services provide students for free:
- a medical examination aimed to detect medical affections and student's problems
- consultation on request
- programs of prevention and sanitary education
Social security's reimboursment rates depend on the type of health care you receive.
The difference between your refound and the amount you paid can be made up by subscribing to a private insurance policy, also called “Mutuelle”.LMDE is one of these.
Main costs for a student per month.(accomodation, transportation, eating...)
General information and most important links for working during your studies on Campus France website
Guidance information for studies with a disability is provaided by the Onisep. Onisep's website gives information on specific schools for specific handicaps, (database), legal information, schooling adaptation...
Temporary accomodation for youngsters, youth hostels
Information about Security system (social insurance) for foreign students on EMEVIA's website
For students, French law consigns the handling of Social Security to student Mutuelles – bodies that are comprised of and exist for students. Student Social Security cover is compulsory, and registration for higher education in France cannot be completed without it. It entitles you to reimbursement for approximately 70% of your healthcare costs.
For that, you can count on local student Mutuelles of the emeVia national network, entrusted by the French state for their mission.
This portail targeted for students, contains: a studies database, information on grants, on university life, on university registration, on mobility...
Tuition fees to prepare a national diploma in higher education in France
Union Nationale des Etudiants de France
National Union of the Students of France
Website of the information and documentation network for youngsters in France. Information on jobs, studies, internships, daylife in France, how to go abroad...