French Health care system

EUROPEAN STUDENTS must get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) valid for the whole duration of their stay.


IMPORTANT: EHIC rules changed in July 2014. It is now no longer possible to claim a reimbursement from your home country. This is why it is important to get an EHIC before coming to France.

The EHIC card is free of charge from all European health services.  

More information about EHIC.


NON EUROPEAN STUDENTS UNDER 28 must enroll for the French Health care system.

It is mandatory even if in some countries a private health / travel insurance is required for the visa application.

It costs about 215€ per year and starts covering students from September 1st.

How does it work?

Students will receive an email from EDHEC in August and will be able to apply for the French Health care system online.

While registering, students will have to choose a reimbursement center (SMENO, MEP or LMDE). They all provide the SAME legal basic coverage.

The global system (social security system) will cover up to 70% of the medical expenses.

Students have to pay the GP consultation in a first place and then claim the reimbursement to the reimbursement center they chose (more information in Reimbursement procedure)



If you come from Quebec, please bring a copy of the

SE 401-Q-106 form provided by your home insurance and

valid for the whole duration of your stay.



You cannot benefit from the French health insurance coverage

if you are over 28.

You can take a look at the following websites

 PEE France or Assistance Etudiants




How to get a provisional social security number

Once you have registered through EDHEC website and paid the social security fees:

  1. Print out the Social Security enrollment certificate received by email from “Groupe EDHEC”
  2. Go to your reimbursement center and bring:
  • the certificate received by EDHEC
  • a copy of your passport or ID card
  • a copy of your valid residence permit
  • your French bank account details (RIB)


You will get a document called “Attestation de Droits” mentioning a provisional social security number (starting with 8).


The provisional social security number is enough to claim the reimbursement of your medical expenses / medicines. It takes some time to get the “carte vitale”, so we do not recommend you to apply for it if you only stay in France for a semester.

More information on reimbursement procedure without a carte vitale HERE


Apply for the ”Carte Vitale”

If you stay for more than a year in France, it is more convenient to apply for the CARTE VITALE as the reimbursement is automatically done.

To apply for a carte vitale, go to your reimbursement center with:

  • birth certificate translated into French
  • Fill in the official form, sign it and stick an ID picture


Some more information about the French social security


  • A French bank account is needed to get reimbursed.
  • To be reimbursed up to 70%, it is important to declare a General practitioner to your reimbursement center (see more information in Reimbursement procedure créer un lien vers reimbursement procedure).
  • To consult some specialists, you need a prescription from your General Practitioner except from the usually frequented doctors such as the dentist, the ophthalmologist and gynecologist.

For any other specialists, you have to go through your General Practitioner first.

Complementary health insurance – “Mutuelle”

If you want to be fully covered, then we recommend you to get a complementary insurance (called “Mutuelle”). It reimburses the 30% left and sometimes 100% of some medical expenses which are not covered by French National Health Insurance. 




Emergency guide

Emergency Numbers in France

Who to call and what to say in case of emergency...



SOS - all services 


Medical help / SAMU

The SAMU is the coordinated service to call in case of any serious medical emergency


Police/Police Nationale / Gendarmerie

This number puts you in contact with the appropriate emergency police services nearest you, either the police nationale or the gendarmerie. For non-urgent situations, dial the direct phone number of your nearest police station (commissariat de police or gendarmerie)

Local Police station +33 3 20 66 29 60 (Police station of Croix)


Fire & accident / Sapeurs Pompiers

The French fire brigade, called les sapeurs pompiers, can also be called in case of medical emergencies, such as domestic accidents.


Anti Poison Centre

0 825 812 822

Emergency Shelters


Child in danger / child protection



The caller must:

  1. State the location where assistance is needed
  2. State their name and telephone number
  3. State what happened, and if it is still happening
  4. State how many people need help
  5. State if there are weapons involved

All emergency numbers can be reached from pay phones, without the use of a phone card or money. It is also possible to call emergency numbers from a locked mobile phone (112 might work even when the message "no network available" is displayed).

European SOS 112

The number 112 can be dialed to reach emergency services - medical, fire and police - from anywhere in Europe. This emergency number 112 can be called from any telephone (landline, pay phone or mobile cellular phone). Calls are free. It can be used for any life-threatening situation.

Pharmacies/Chemist/Drug Store

Pharmacies are usually open from Monday to Saturday from 08:30 to 19:30. Many pharmacies are closed between 12:00 and 14:00.

At least one local pharmacy will be open on Sundays. Details of and schedule for this "duty pharmacy" (pharmacie de garde) can be found in every pharmacy window or through this Website.

Medical emergencies and accidents (SAMU)

SAMU: The Emergency Medical Assistance Service (Service d'Aide Médicale d'Urgence) reached by dialing 15 or 112.

A qualified doctor will answer the call and determine the most suitable way to deal with the situation. He will give information or advice to the caller, or send the appropriate emergency vehicle.


Make an appointment

If you need to make an appointment at a GP or a specialist, you can do it online through MONDOCTEUR.FR

  • Choose the doctor or specialist you need to consult (be careful for some specialists you need a prescription from your GP to be well reimbursed)
  • Choose the city

And then you will have to fill in the form.

Please note that a French phone number is required to make an appointment online from this website.

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