STUDENT LIFE

FOREIGN STUDENTS/VISA

SOCIAL SECURITY FOR STUDENTS

FRENCH STUDENTS

Once you are enrolled in the school, you must, except in specific cases, sign up for student social

security and choose a student health insurance company (mutuelle étudiante). You will then be

entitled to reimbursement for expenses

resulting from illness or pregnancy for the duration of the school year. For more information, see:

http://www.ameli.fr/assures/droits-et-demarches/par-situation-professionnelle/vous-faites-des-

etudes/vous-etes-etudiant/l-affiliation-a-la-securite-sociale-etudiante.php

 

FOREIGN STUDENTS

As a student coming to France to study, when you arrive you must undertake the necessary steps

as regards health care so that your expenses will be reimbursed in the event of illness.

That being said, understanding the French health care system and all of the steps to take can be

very complicated.

 

Several different scenarios exist in terms of social protection in France, depending on your personal situation, age and country of origin.

In France, Social Security is a State-run body that reimburses part of your health care expenses.

The rate of reimbursement by Social Security depends on the type of care received. The portion

of expenses that are not covered by Social Security can be reimbursed, either in part or in full, if you

have supplemental health insurance.

 

Students under 28 as of 1 October, not nationals of the European Economic Area

You must register for student social security. You will benefit from social security, but some will have

to pay and others will not.

You can sign up for supplemental health insurance in order to receive reimbursement of

the remainder of your health care expenses.

 

Students under 28 as of 1 October, nationals of the European Economic Area or Switzerland

If you have a European Health Insurance Card from your home country that covers the entire school year, you do not have to sign up for student social security.

You must take your European Health Insurance Card to the Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie

(CPAM) office that is closest to where you live.

In the event of illness, your health care expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of French social

security. You can sign up for supplemental health insurance in order to receive reimbursement

of the remainder of your health care expenses.

 

Students over 28 as of 1 October, nationals of any country

If you do not have an exemption, you do not qualify for student social security because of your age.

If you are older than 28 and you are going to be studying in France for more than three months,

you must sign up for the general social security system at the Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie.

In the event of illness, your health care expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of French social

security.

 

Quebecois students with the document provided for in the Franco-Quebecois memorandum

of understanding

You do not have to register for student social security because of the reciprocity agreement between

the French Social Security and the Régie d'Assurance Maladie du Québec.

You must take the relevant documents to the Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie (CPAM) office

that is closest to where you live.

In the event of illness, your health care expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of French social

security. You can sign up for supplemental health insurance in order to receive reimbursement

of the remainder of your health care expenses.

 

Students studying in France for less than three months

You cannot sign up for French social security for a short-term stay.

 

For more information, see:

http://www.ameli.fr/assures/votre-caisse-gard/special-jeunes/etudiants-vous-etes-etudiant-etranger_gard.php

To avoid any problems, think about what papers you need very early on (ID card, passport, visa,

residency permit, etc.) because the administrative procedures can take quite a long time. Required documents will depend on your nationality.

Students who are nationals of a European Union country need only their ID card to cross the border

and study in France.

Non-Europeans must have a passport (please ensure that it is valid for the entire length of your stay)

and a visa.

The visa will allow you to enter the country and request a residency permit.

 

 

How to obtain a visa for France?

If you are not a national of a European Union member state, the "traditional" visa (called a "tourist

visa") is all you need if you want to stay in France for less than three months. A "student" visa may

only be obtained once you have enrolled in a school or university.

The price of a student visa will depend on the length of your stay. Visa requests must be made

at the French consulate or embassy in your country. Delivery times may vary, but in general you

should expect it to take a month to receive a "student" visa. You will be requested to provide certain documents: please consult the list of needed documents on the website of the French foreign office.

 

http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/

 

Please note: Once in France, if you have a traditional visa (the "tourist visa") and you want to obtain

a student visa, you must return to your home country to apply for it.

 

What is a long stay student visa for France?

If you are not a European Union national and your stay is to be longer than three months, you must request a long stay student visa. To obtain this visa, you must provide your passport, a certificate

of enrolment in a school (obtained after your enrolment), proof of one year of financial resources

and proof of a bank account. For students older than 28, proof of social security is required because

it will not be included in the enrolment fees.

 

On average this procedure takes two to four weeks. It is therefore important to begin the necessary procedures as soon as your enrolment has been approved.

This visa is only good for a year; however, it may be renewed at the end of the first year of studies

if you provide the necessary documents (certificate of attendance and certificate of enrolment).

 

How to obtain a residency permit for France?

Once in France, a visa is necessary to obtain a student residency permit from the Préfecture de Police. This will take a minimum of two months. Since 2003, European Union nationals are exempt from

this requirement.

 

How to renew a student visa?

If you are a student at the Academy and you want to extend your student visa, visit the school

secretariat, who will provide you with a certificate of enrolment and a certificate of attendance

(certifying that you have indeed taken classes at the Academy); these must then be taken to

the Préfecture de Police to have your visa renewed.

 

Useful information

For administrative information, there are several websites specifically for foreign students.

Only in French:

http://www.crous-paris.fr/international/

 

In English:

http://www.ciup.fr/en/saee/

http://www.campusfrance.org/en

 

French classes

If you want to learn French, you can contact our partner directly:

http://www.france-langue.fr

STUDENT HOUSING SUBSIDIES

In France, students of all nationalities may benefit from specific government housing subsidies.

France is the only country in Europe with such a system.

 

The CLÉ: Caution Locative Étudiante

The CLÉ (caution locative étudiante, or student rental deposit) is a government guarantee that

facilitates student access to housing if they do not have guarantors to vouch for them.

The CLÉ is managed by the Centres Régionaux des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires (Crous).

It is now available for all academies, excluding those in overseas territories.

Students may benefit from it if:

• they have a source of income but no deposit from family, friends or a bank;

• they intend to live in France to carry out their studies;

• they are under 28 as of 1 September during the year the lease is signed;

• they are older than 28 as of 1 September during the year the lease is signed, if they are a doctoral

or post-doctoral foreign national.

 

Beneficiaries pay an amount equivalent to 1.5% of the rent, which must be no higher than €600

per month in Ile-de-France or €500 per month in other regions.

 

Student housing aid (aide au logement étudiant)

Like the French students, foreign students can also benefit from student housing aid, which was established to compensate for the relatively high housing prices in France.

This subsidy is calculated based on rent and on the student's financial resources: it is therefore not granted automatically and the amount received is calculated on a case-by-case basis.

 

To benefit from this student housing aid, students must fulfil the following four criteria:

• already have a place to live, so that they can provide the address and amount of rent;

• be registered for the compulsory student social security regime;

• have a bank account in France, because the subsidy is transferred directly to the beneficiary each month;

• file a declaration (a "tax return" or "income tax return") with the French tax authorities, even if they

have not earned any income during the past year.

 

 

Tax returns are essential to the Caisse d'Allocations Familiales (CAF) so that it can calculate the right

to a housing subsidy.

It is therefore necessary for all students to declare their earnings, even if they did not have any

and file as "no income to declare". Tax returns may be filled out online.

 

In the event that students share a flat, the flatmates may receive a housing subsidy if their name

is on the lease.

Each flatmate would then file a separate request. Couples, however, file a joint request.

 

Applications for the housing subsidy may be filled out directly on the CAF website, within three

months of moving to an address.

 

http://www.lokaviz.fr

http://www.caf.fr

CALENDAR

Start of 2017 school year: 2 October 2017.

 

Christmas holidays: from the evening of 15 December 2017 to the morning of 8 January 2018.

 

Spring holidays: from the evening of 23 March 2018 to the morning of 9 April 2018.

 

End of classes: the evening of 22 June 2018.

STUDENT ID CARD

Each student at the Paris Academy of Art receives a personal ID card with their name on it which

grants him or her free access to the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay, as well as to the Réunion

des Musées Nationaux.

 

This card also provides students with a 15% discount in all Le Géant des Beaux-Arts stores in France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Géant des Beaux-Arts Paris 13

15, rue Vergniaud

75013 Paris

01 40 78 00 80

 

Le Géant des Beaux Arts Paris 11

166, rue de la Roquette

75011 Paris

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www.geant-beaux-arts.fr

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