Various changes will be implemented in the academic year 2018/19: social security, Contribution to Campus and Student Life (CVEC), accommodation, etc.
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The subscription fee of 217 euros is now removed! Registering to social security will now be free of charge for all students.

For the year 2018/19, steps to complete depend on your situation:

Non-European students already registered in an institution in 2017/18 don’t need to do anything. They continue to be covered by the same student healthcare mutual 

Non-European students who start their studies in academic year 2018/19 must register on the website to benefit from French social security and a reimbursement of their health spending. The website is available in French and English. 

To know more

Check out the website of health insurance and the page dedicated for foreign students



The CVEC was implemented to create and improve the reception services available to students. The CVEC costs 90 Euros and is for all students (French or not) registered in initial training in a French higher education institution. Designated categories of students don’t need to pay it.

In all cases, you need to create an account on and login to the portal to be sent a payment certificate or a certification of exoneration. This is a mandatory document to register in your institution after arriving in France. 

Complete the Student Life and Campus process as early as possible. You can do it online. Start from home. You’ll have one step less to complete after your arrival in France. Campus France even created a tutorial guide to help you.



Good news for all students: you now have access to VISALE, a solution of free rent deposit. It will allow you to provide a guarantee on the payment of rents to your future landlord and increase your chances to quickly find an accommodation, whether in a university residence or an apartment. 


If you need a visa to come to study in France, it is necessary to have been issued a Long Term Visa used as Residence Permit ("VLS-TS") to benefit from the VISALE services.