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The practical guide for international PhD students

The practical guide for international PhD students aims at providing help for preparing your stay, and guiding you through the different steps to take upon arrival.
It concerns the academic year 2018 – 2019.

Please note that as part of the French law ‘Orientation et Réussite des Etudiants’ of 8 March 2018, student health insurance in France is currently undergoing reform.
At the time this guide was written, details of the implementation of the reform were not known yet, and some of the information provided in the guide about health insurance is likely to be subject to change.
We recommend you check the Health > Insurance section of our portal to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.


Your application has been accepted by your research unit

  • Completing your admission
  • Planning your budget
  • Searching for accommodation
  • Obtaining a visa
  • Learning about health insurance coverage
You will arrive soon
  • How to get here
  • Booking temporary accommodation
  • Preparing your arrival : checklist and tips
You have just arrived
  • Getting internet access
  • Finding accommodation
  • Opening a bank account
  • Completing your enrollment
  • Registering with health insurance
  • Validating your visa or applying for a residence permit
  • Childcare and schooling for your children
  • Need help? Your contacts


Updated on June 28, 2018

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