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Living in Paris / Laval

Student VISA

If you are a citizen of a Non-European Union country, and if you are in France for your studies for more than 3 months, you will be required French long-term visa to study in Paris or Laval. All students should follow Campus France procedures to apply for a study visa: www.campusfrance.org. Campus France will assist you step by step. Please note that the process may take a while, therefore your early action is encouraged. You will need to apply for the visa at the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in your city to get your visa before arriving in France.

The necessary documents required to apply for the visa may differ from one country to another. However, your passport and the official invitation letter from the school are always among the required documents.

  1. If you are a citizen of a European Union country, you normally do not need a visa to study in France for 6 months unless you hold a special status of citizenship or residency in your home country. In case of a doubt, please contact Campus France, the nearest French Embassy or the French Consulate in your city to obtain information on whether a visa is required for you. It is your responsibility to obtain this visa before your arrival in France.
  2. If you are a citizen from a non-European country but you live in one of the European Union countries, you need to apply for a visa if you come to France for more than 3 months! Please contact Campus France, the nearest French Embassy or the French Consulate in your city to obtain information on whether a visa is required for you. It is your responsibility to obtain this visa before your arrival in France.
  3. Masters & visiting students only: Your acceptance letter required for the visa will be sent as soon as you have paid your Registration deposit into the program. This letter provides proof that you are indeed registered in the program and it specifies the dates you will physically need to be in Paris.

There are four types of Student Visa, depending on the duration of studies in France, as indicated in the letter of enrolment.

Short term Visa

3 months / non-renewable

Long term visa

(if your visa says “carte de séjour à solliciter dès l’arrivée”)
over 6 months / residency

Long term visa

(if your visa says “CESEDA R311-6° Autorise Travail Limite 60% durée légale")
over 6 months / residency

Temporary long-term visa

(If your visa says “dispense temporaire de carte de séjour”)
for 3-6 months / non-renewable



Comfortable housing close to the school will be a key success factor for your study abroad. We strongly recommend that you arrange housing prior to your arrival in France.

The International Department will assist you if necessary, with the help of the students from the International Student Union (BDEI).

ESTACA has partnered with 2 accommodation search platforms.

If you are a foreign student here for one semester, a Master or another reason on one of our campuses, ESTACA provides 2 platforms to help you prepare your arrival.

ImmoJeune can be used to find short-term rental accommodation with private landlords, agencies or student residences near one of our 2 campuses. A social wall dedicated to students of the ESTACA also allows to create colocations, to exchange furniture, or to organize car-pools. Free helping guides will answer all your questions about renting, housing help, colocation, rental guarantees, in addition to other tips and tricks. To see all offers, go to: https://estaca.immojeune.com/ and after your Admission, contact our Incoming Coordinator, Virginia Fockedey for the ESTACA access code.

You may also consult and rent accommodation from our students who are living abroad for a semester of study, exchange, Erasmus or internship. They publish their room or rental accommodation for the duration of their absence on the international exchange website HousingAnywherewww.HousingAnywhere.com.

Medical Care

European Students

Students from the European Union have to provide their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)to the International Departement. Some students with an EHIC do not need to fill any extra forms because they benefit from the extended cover from their home country (depends on the type of EHIC).

Non-European Students

Social Security provides foreign students with social coverage while studying in France. To increase the amount of their healthcare expenses that is reimbursed, they may take out complementary health insurance, or mutuelle.
You can benefit from the French general healthcare system if you came to France with a VLS-TS visa («visa long séjour valant titre de séjour», Long Term Visa used as Residence Permit). First, you must validate your visa and be register to a higher education institution. Then you must register to the French general healthcare system. Registration is mandatory and free of charge and will entitle you to reimbursement of your health care expenses. You need completed your registration online by logging in to the website of the health insurance dedicated to foreign students. https://etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr/#/

Citizens from Québec

Students from Quebec do not have to subscribe to the French Social Security but need to have the SE 401 Q 106 form.
Students will have to provide to our International Department a copy upon arrival.


All foreign students will have to provide to our International Department a copy of their civil liability insurance policy upon arrival.

Contact: Virginia FOCKEDEY - Incoming Study Abroad Coordinator (SQY Campus) Email: Tel: +33 (0)1 76 52 11 76


In Paris, you will discover the life of the city, with its diversity and wonderful monuments: Le Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel tour… But thanks to the students from the BDEI and to your ‘buddies’, you will also probably enjoy “Paris by night” and many other opportunities to have fun. There are also many activities to be discovered in Laval. Information is available from the Tourism Office, and also from the BDEI (Students’ Union).