Prepare your arrival

To come and study in France, you must first make arrangements with Campus France in parallel with your Polytech application.

A Welcome Desk for international students

In each Polytech school, students will find a bilingual English-speaking team dedicated to international students, to help them prepare for their arrival and accompany them through the administrative procedures to facilitate their installation in France.

Practical information

Before coming to France, ask the International Relations Department (= Welcome Desk) of your Polytech school about the cost of living in the city where you will be living (registration fees, housing, transportation, food) and about the administrative procedures (payment of the CVEC*, opening a bank account, registration for social security and complementary health insurance, etc.). Make sure you have the necessary funds and do not hesitate to check if you are eligible for financial aid from Campus France and your country of origin.

*Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Campus (CVEC – Contribution to student and campus life)

Immigration procedures

Depending on your nationality, your situation and the length of your stay, you may need to obtain a visa to study or do research in France or to return after graduation.

If you are a citizen of a European Economic Area country (European Union (EU) countries and Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) or Switzerland, you do not need to obtain a student visa to study or do an internship in France. You can enter France freely, regardless of the length of your stay or studies.

  • Since January 1, 2021, British nationals must apply for a visa to study in France for more than three months.

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