You 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.
If you do not have an EHIC card, you have to take out a private health insurance for the whole duration of your stay.
GOOD NEWS! The French Public Health Insurance - "Sécurité Sociale" (Social Security) or "CPAM" (Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie) - becomes free of charge from September 2018.
It is mandatory even if in some countries a private health / travel insurance is required for the visa application. This health insurance covers up to 70% of your medical expenses in France (GP consultation, medicines, etc.)
The registration can only be done in September and you will be covered from October onwards.
IMPORTANT: The French Public Health Insurance IS NOT A TRAVEL INSURANCE and DOES NOT COVER FOR REPATRIATION, civil liability, nor your travels across Europe. If you need such an insurance, the EDHEC ISO recommends you take out a student travel insurance.
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)
Once you are registered, you will get a document called “Attestation de Droits” mentioning a provisional Social Security number.
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.
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
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.
For any other specialists, you have to go through your General Practitioner first.
The French goverment leads reforms in the French Education System. From 2018 onwards, students are requested to register on a platform and pay a mandatory €90 contribution.
The link to register and a step bu step guide is sent by the EDHEC ISO to all incoming students a few weeks before their arrival.
If you need to make an appointment at a GP or a specialist, you can do it online through MONDOCTEUR.FR
And then you will have to fill out the form.
Please note that a French phone number is required to make an appointment online from this website.