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HANDY RESOURCE
GUIDE FOR
INTERNATIONAL
STUDENTS

2015 EDITION

INDEX
1

Presentation
OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM 1

A. Higher education in France 1


B. Higher education in Montpellier, Nmes and Perpignan 4

THE STUDENTS PATHWAY 6

International Sponsorship 7

Administrative formalities 8

A. Things to do before your arrival in France 8


B. Upon arrival: how to obtain a residents permit
10

USEFUL INFORMATION 13

A. Accommodation 13
B. Healthcare
18
C. Money matters 20
D. Eating out 22
E. Transportation 22
F. PassCulture 23
G. Required documents 24
H. Glossary 25

Contacts 26

Useful addresses within the different universities and organizations

2015 EDITION
B

Presentation

A. Higher education in France


Studies in French universities are organized in 3, 5 and 8 years. The bachelors degree (L), masters (M), and
doctorate (D) are awarded to successful students. For each diploma, the courses are divided into semesters
(a student may do two semesters within the academic year), each one corresponding to 30 credits which
are bankable and transferrable in France and Europe thanks to the European Community Course Credit
Transfer System (ECTS).

D3

Doctorate
(Baccalaureate/school leaving + 8)
three years of studies after a masters

D2
D1
M2

Masters
(Baccalaureate/school leaving + 5)
two years of studies after the bachelors degree

M1
L3

Bachelors degree
(Baccalaureate/school leaving + 3)
three years of higher education

L2
L1
(Baccalaureate/school leaving)

HIGHER EDUCATION IN FRANCE


GO TO PAGES 2 AND 3

Le
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Outline
of higher education
in France

The
key
pathways presented
in this table are
Les
principales
filires prsentes
iciacces
sont
There
are
others
as
well
as
gateways
between
the
Il existe dautres accs ainsi que des pass

Nombre
dannes
dtudes

Autres
spcialits

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Mdecin
gnraliste

Dentiste
spcialiste

Pharmacien
spcialiste

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Doctorat

D3

D2
s

Pharmacien

Dentiste

D1
Sagefemme

Diplme
dingnieur

M2
s

M1

Dentaire

Pharmacie

Licence

Mdecine

Sage-femme

Diplmes dcoles (IEP


art et audiovisuel, i

Master

ESPE

Licence professionnelle

L3
s

DEUST

DUT

BTS/BTSA

L2

L1

PACES

s
COLE OU UNIVERSIT

Bac

Diplme ou Diplme dtat

Accs slectif (concours preuves, slection sur dossier)

Il existe des passerelles entre ces diffrentes filires.

UNIVERSIT
BTS(A) : brevet de technicien suprieur (agricole)
D : doctorat
DCG : diplme de comptabilit et de gestion
DEC : diplme dexpert-comptable
DEUST : diplme dtudes universitaires scientifiques et techniques
DMA : diplme des mtiers dart
DNAP : diplme national darts plastiques
DNAT : diplme national darts et techniques
DNSEP : diplme national suprieur dexpression plastique
DSAA : diplme suprieur darts appliqus

DSCG :
DUT : d
ENS :
ESPE :
HMONP
en son
IEP : in
L : lice
M : ma
PACES

es suprieures 2013-2014

Docteur en architecture

DEC

Vtrinaire

HMONP

P, commerce,
ingnieurs)

DNSEP

DSCG

Prpa
lettres
s

DMA

Autres
coles

Prpa
sciences
s

DNAP/DNAT

Architecture

Prpa
co
s

DCG

Beaux-Arts

Prpa
lettres

DSAA

Arts

Prpa
sciences

LYCE OU COLE

: diplme suprieur de comptabilit et de gestion


diplme universitaire de technologie
cole normale suprieure
: cole suprieure du professorat et de lducation
P : habilitation lexercice de la matrise duvre
nom propre
nstitut dtudes politiques
ence
aster
S : premire anne commune aux tudes de sant1

II

II

III

IV

Infirmier,
kin(1)

Social &
paramdical

Prpa
co

Diplmes dcoles
(vente, industrie,
tourisme, transports,
Architecte communication)

Compta-gestion

ENS
Autres coles

ENS

Ingnieurs

Assistant
social

Vtrinaires

Commerce - gestion
ENS

Grandes coles post-bac


s

Diplmes dcoles
(Chartes, St Cyr,
commerce)

Diplmes
dcoles

(1) Attention, certaines coles paramdicales recrutent aprs la premire anne


dtudes de sant (PACES)
(2) Le niveau de formation permet de classer des diplmes et des certifications
en fonction dobjectifs professionnels viss (mtiers, fonctions ou activits).
Pour en savoir plus : Les titres rpertoris au Rpertoire national des certifications
professionnelles (RNCP)
(3) Le Cadre europen des certifications (CEC ou EQF en anglais) permet aux tats
membres de la Communaut europenne de comparer les certifications
et les diplmes dlivrs par les diffrents pays.

Bac

Rf. : 32492 ONISEP

Diplme
dingnieur

Cadre europen
des certifications(3)

Certification
europenne(3)

Vtrinaire spcialis

Niveau de
formation(2)

Niveau de
formation(2)

ssible
directly after
the baccalaureate
school leaving exams).
t accessibles
directement
aprs (or
le bac.
differententre
pathways.
serelles
les unes et les autres.

Presentation

B. HIGHER EDUCATION IN MONTPELLIER, NMES AND PERPIGNAN


UNIVERSITY OF MONTPELLIER
UNIVERSIT MONTPELLIER 1
www.univ-montp1.fr

UNIVERSIT MONTPELLIER 2
www.univ-montp2.fr

UNIVERSIT Paul Valry


www.univ-montp3.fr

Social and economic


sciences (AES)

Sciences:
- fundamental biology
- applied biology and ecology
- chemistry
- engineering sciences
- sciences of the universe
- physics and mathematics

Arts, Philosophy,

Institute of Business
administration (IAE)

Economic, social and mathematical


sciences

Polytech - School of engineering

Educational sciences

University Institutes of Technology


(IUT) of Montpellier-Ste

Society sciences
(Sociology, Ethnology and Psychology)

University Institute of Technology


(IUT) of Bziers

Institute of Technosciences
(Information and Communication,
And language Sciences - ITIC)

Law and political sciences


Economy
Institut de Prparation
(IPAG)
Institute of Business
mangement (ISEM)
Medecine
Odontology
Pharmacy
Sports science (STAPS)

University Institute of Technology


(IUT) of Nmes
Faculty of education

Psychanalysis
Languages, foreign and regional
cultures, and applied foreign
languages (LEA)
Human and environmental sciences

Institute of French studies for foreign


students (IEFE)
Education and sciences (LLASHS)

Portail Cales-LR* (on-line catalog of higher education in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon - www.form

Carte Multi-Services (students card, University restaurant card (carterestoU*), library card, electronic p

Espace Numrique de Travail (ENT*): ENT is a portal where students have access to all kinds of information a
Bibliothque interuniversitaire (University library): www.biu-montpellier.fr
Services Universitaires des Activits Physiques et Sportives (SUAPS): www.sport-u-montpellier.com
Students bureaus: go to the website of your university to find the bureau of that university
* glossary: go to page 25
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Find the geographical location of all the universities and their UFR* on the website
of Montpellier: www.crous-montpellier.fr > le CROUS > Plan de localization

Universit de Nmes
www.unimes.fr
English
Applied arts - design
Biology - environment
Law
Social and business
administration
Spanish
History
Arts
Computing mathematics
Physics - chemistry
Psychology

mations-lr.fr)

payment - www.carte-sup-lr.fr)

and tools in relation with their studies.

UNIVERSITE DE PERPIGNAN
VIA DOMITIA
www.univ-perp.fr

PRES - COMUE
(Communaut dUniversits
et dtablissements )

Arts, and languages L

>R
 eception office for international
students and researchers

Law and economy


Sciences of education

> ESPE-LR

cole Suprieure
du Professorat et de lducation
du Languedoc-Roussillon

Tourisme and international hotel


management

>C
 ollge Doctoral
du Languedoc-Roussillon

Sciences, technologies and health

> P EPITE-LR Student committee


Innovation, transfer and
Entrepreneuriat
in Languedoc-Roussillon

Humanities and Social Sciences

Sports science (STAPS)


University Institute of Technology
(IUT) of Perpignan
Institute of Business
Administration (IAE)
Franco-Catalan Institute (IFCT)
University Centre for the study
of French language (CUEF)

>C
 himie committee
And Fondation Balard
> BioSant Rabelais committee
>M
 SH-M Maison des Sciences
de lHomme de Montpellier
>C
 ampus Mag-LR
Campus TV program

CROUS* de Montpellier
All services for student life:
> Scholarships
> Accommodation
> Catering
> International relations
> Social
> Culture

THE STUDENTS PATHWAY

ACCOMMODATION

(WELCOME)

UM2 - Luc Jennepin

WELCOME BY
SPONSOR(S)

1
UNIVERSITY
ADMISSION

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2
VISA
AT THE
CONSULATE

FIRST VISIT
TO UNIVERSITY

BANK + Family
allowances (CAF*)
+ INSURANCE

RESIDENTS PERMIT
OR OFII* sticker
and ink stamp

TRAnSPORTATION

ENROLMENT
AT UNIVERSITY,
SOCIAL SECURITY AND
COMPLEMENTARY
MUTUAL INSURANCE

Arrange to be accompanied upon your arrival


in Montpellier, Nmes or Perpignan
You would like to be welcomed and accompanied as soon as you arrive?
The CROUS of Montpellier and the PRES-COMUE propose
their international sponsoring service.
Independent students and students travelling
within an exchange program (p.8) may ask for this service.
Your sponsor, who may be a French or foreign student will:
- Contact you by e-mail before your arrival
- Welcome you at the station or the airport
- Accompany you to your new accommodation
- Help you, if you wish, with your administrative paperwork
Sign up as a sponsor through International
Relations as soon as April.
www.facebook.com/crouspres.parraininternational
www.parrainage-international-montpellier.fr

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ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES

A. ADMISSION:
THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL IN FRANCE
Formalities for studying in France are the same all over France. Your trip should be planned well ahead of
your arrival in the country.
An understanding of French language is essential.
Tuition and exams are in French.
Ask the university of your choice the language skills required
(and the corresponding documentary evidence to be provided) + www.ciep.fr
If you are coming to France within the frame of an exchange program (for example: ERASMUS, CREPUQ),
you should seek information from your university of origin. Your university of origin will make the necessary
applications with your host university.
If you are applying for admission individually, the formalities may differ from one country to another
(European Union or outside the European Union), the type of college (University, Ecole, IUT...), the chosen
course (languages, medicine), and access level (bachelors degree / masters / doctorate).
The essential pre-admission formalities consist in applying for admission and getting a visa.

1st year bachelors degree


Warning: the closing date for applications is 22 January!
There are two ways to enroll in 1st year studies:
If you live abroad
- International students living in a country benefiting from the CEF Procedure.
There is an obligatory on-line pre-admission procedure (DAP) on the website of Centre pour les Etudes
en France (CEF): www.campusfrance.org
The procedure is straightforward and fast. There is a small charge to pay
- International students living in a country where the CEF Procedure is not applicable
In countries where this procedure is not applicable, you are obliged to fill out a pre-application form
(DAP) with the cultural section of the French Embassy in the country of residence (white form).

If you live in France: download the application form from Education Nationales website (green form),
or pick it up at your own university. www.education.gouv.fr

Other years of study


Warning: the closing date for applications is 31 March
and 20 March for DUT diplomas
For the other years of study (2nd year bachelors degree, 3rd year bachelors degree, professional
degrees, Master 1, Master 2 and the IUT), students living abroad must apply through the Campus France
procedure. If there is no such procedure in your country of residence, you should contact the universities
directly.

Doctoral candidates and other specific establishments


Applications should be made directly with the establishment concerned for enrolment in:
- Classe preparatoire to the Grandes Ecoles
- Techniciens suprieurs (lyces)
- University masters degree (doctorate)
- Or any other establishment and/or school using competitive examination, admission jury or admission
based on qualifications

Getting a visa
Admission to the university of your choice will help you
to obtain a long-stay visa.

ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES

B. H
 OW TO OBTAIN A RESIDENTS PERMIT: ADMINISTRATIVE
FORMALITIES UPON YOUR ARRIVAL IN FRANCE
Foreigners aged over 18 years who plan to stay in France
for more than three months must have a residents permit

D long-stay student VISA (CESEDA R311-3 6)


If you have obtained a D long-stay student visa from the French consulate/embassy, it bears the CESEDA
R311-3 6 stamp.
4 step procedure upon your arrival in France:
1. Fill out the OFII* document provided by the consulate and send it by registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt to OFII*, together with copies of the relevant pages of your passport (ID + visa + stamp
of entry in France).
Office Franais de lImmigration et de lIntgration:
OFII Montpellier: Le Rgent - 1er tage - 4 rue Jules Ferry - 34000 Montpellier
OFII Nmes: 54 rue de lHostellerie - Ville Active - 30900 Nmes
OFII Perpignan: 6 rue des Jotglars - 66000 Perpignan
2. Upon receipt of these documents by OFII*, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt confirming
your application.
3. You will receive an invitation from OFII* to undergo a medical examination (the documents you should
take with you for this medical examination as well as the charge to pay will be specified in the letter
you receive from OFII*).
4. Following the medical examination, a sticker is affixed to your passport, permitting to legally stay in
France until the expiry date of the visa. The visa serves thereafter as a valid residents permit.

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2 months prior to the expiry date of your visa, you must apply
for a renewal of your residents permit
The procedure for obtaining a residents permit depends on where you are living:
In Montpellier
Service Accueil tudiants Chercheurs au PRES-COMUE
All applications for student and researcher residents permits in the department of Hrault must
be handed into the PRES-COMUE reception office for international students and researchers.
163 rue Auguste Broussonnet - 34090 Montpellier (Tram lines 1 and 4, Albert 1er stop)
Tel.: +33 (0)4 67 41 67 87 - Fax: +33 (0)4 67 41 93 34
E-mail: accueilinternational@pres-suddefrance.fr
A team of multilingual students will assist you to complete your administrative formalities.
Open from Monday to Friday
September to November: 9:00am - 4:00pm
December to July: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Requests for appointments and list of documents to be provided on the PRES-COMUE
website: www.pres-suddefrance.fr
In Nmes
Laccueil Prfecture du Gard - Bureau de lImmigration et de lIntgration
10 avenue Feuchres - 30045 Nmes Cedex 9
www.gard.gouv.fr
Hotline from Monday to Friday 2:00pm - 4:00pm: +33 (0)4 66 87 59 60
Applications processed by appointment. E-mail: pref-etrangers-rdv@gard.gouv.fr
In Perpignan
Residents permit desk at UPVD
Bureau dAccueil des tudiants internationaux (BAEI)
International students reception desk (BAEI)
52 avenue Paul Alduy - Btiment BASE - 66860 Perpignan (Bus line 4 - Campus stop)
Tel.: +33 (0)4 68 66 20 11 - E-mail: guichet-unique@univ-perp.fr
Open from September to July, Monday to Friday 9:00 - 12:00am and 1:30 - 4:30pm

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ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES

Other long stay visas


If you have obtained another type of long stay visa (visas stipulating apply for residents permit within
2 months following arrival, trainee): you must apply for your first residents permit.

European students
European students do not require a residents permit.

General information
A residents permit entitles an international student to work up to 60% of the legal annual work time
(i.e. 964 hours/year).

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C type tourist visa (short stay):


This type of visa is designed for foreigners entering the Schengen area either for a holiday or to attend
conferences or other events.

USEFUL INFORMATION

A. ACCOMMODATION
Finding somewhere to live in Montpellier, Nmes or Perpignan is not easy. One has to be well organized
and have sufficient funds (see page 21). One also has to make provision for temporary accommodation
and have the necessary funds to pay for costs incurred by the research of ones accommodation (security
deposit, agency fees, deposit... cf. page 17).

CROUS halls of residence and university housing


The CROUS International Relations offers accommodation in halls of residence or university housing
(virtual visit at www.crous-montpellier.fr / logement / cits et residences). The monthly rent for a room
in a hall of residence ranges from 176 to 243, depending on the comfort. Rent in a university apartment
is approximately 300/month.
Applications for accommodation are made on the CROUS website: www.crous-montpellier.fr
between 15 January and 30 April (link on the home page: demandez un logement / ask for accommodation).
1. Eligibility criteria
Students who meet the following eligibility criteria will be allocated accommodation in a hall of residence:
enrolled at a studies level of at least 1st years Master, or in one of the following establishments: Grande
Ecole, classe prparatoire, IUT, Section de Technicien Suprieur (with the exception of privately funded
establishments).
Individual students must include in their application the co-surety of a person residing in France.
2. Procedure for making the application
You must connect to the CROUS website (www.crous-montpellier.fr) between 15 January and 30 April.
After connecting to this website you will receive a dossier by e-mail which you must fill out and send to:
SCANECO SAS
CROUS DSE MONTPELLIER
135 avenue Pierre Semard - CS 80 068
84918 Avignon cedex 9
Warning: All applications must be sent to this address in Avignon.

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USEFUL INFORMATION

3. Acceptance file
Send your acceptance file within two weeks following receipt with the necessary documents for acceptance:
- copy of your passport in its entirety
- copy of most recently awarded diploma
- copy of most recent certificate of school attendance (failing that, proof of pre-admission in a higher
education establishment in France).
The CROUS will e-mail a response following the study of your application and in relation with the acceptance
criteria.
Acceptance is given for one academic year in relation with availability. In the event that acceptance cannot
be given immediately, students are put on to a waiting list. If you receive an offer, you must:
- Pay the security deposit on line at www.crous-montpellier.fr (link: centrale de reservation). Keep the
receipt of payment. You will have to present this receipt when you sign the lease at International Relations.
- Supply the co-surety of a person residing in France.
N.B: If you do not have a collateral in France, you may take out an individual guarantee amounting
to 2 months of rent + the first month of rent payable to the hall of residence or university housing.

CROUS International Relations reception desk


Address: 2 rue Monteil - 34033 Montpellier cedex 1 (Tram line 1, Boutonnet stop)
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00am to 12:00am
and from 1:00pm to 4:00pm / closed on Wednesday
Tel.: +33 (0)4 67 41 50 38 - international@crous-montpellier.fr
Files are studied according to level of studies and date of remittance as well as availability.
Even if you meet these criteria, the CROUS cannot guarantee an accommodation due
to the restricted number of available accommodations

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Private accommodation
Montpellier CROUS and CRIJ Languedoc-Roussillon websites
Montpellier
Go to www.lokaviz.fr
www.logement.informationjeunesselr.fr for private accommodation offers (no agency fees)
You may also download a very useful housing handbook.
Le Phare
Montpellier
Le Phare is a meeting place for international students who are seeking accommodation.
Multlingual students accompany students in their research of private accommodation.
Open September and October from Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Address: PRES-COMUE - 163 rue Auguste Broussonnet - 34090 Montpellier
(tram lines 1 and 4, Albert 1er stop) - Tel.: +33 (0)4 67 41 67 94

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USEFUL INFORMATION

Student accommodation hall


Montpellier
In this hall you will find information to help you in your research of accommodation. Some administrative
formalities may also be completed here.
Espace Logement Etudiant
From August to October at: Corum - Salon du Belvdre - Esplanade Ch. de Gaulle - Montpellier
www.espace-etudiant.com
Perpignan
www.bijperpignan66.fr

Temporary accommodation
Youth hostel
Montpellier
Price per night: 20.60 (breakfast included)
Bookings can be made from abroad
Address: Impasse de la Petite Corraterie - 34000 Montpellier
Tel.: +33 (0)4 67 60 32 22 - Fax: + 33 (0)4 67 60 32 30 - www.fuaj.org/Montpellier
Nmes
Adress: 257 chemin de lauberge de jeunesse - 30900 Nmes
Tl.: +33 (0)4 66 68 03 20 - www.hinimes.com

Elohim Carrau

Perpignan
Adress: Alle Marc Pierre, Parc de la Ppinire - 66000 Perpignan
Tel.: +33 (0)4 68 34 63 32 - Fax: +33 (0)4 68 51 16 02 - www.hifrance.org

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Security deposit and collateral


Security deposit
When you sign your lease, you will be asked to pay a security deposit. This amount may be used to cover
a tenants breach of his/her obligations (repairs and restoring of leased premises...). The security deposit
may not exceed one month of rent excluding charges and must be returned within two months after
handing back the keys (for unfurnished rentals).
Collateral
To rent an accommodation, you must also have a collateral. The collateral is a person who resides in France
and who contracts to pay any rent due not paid by you.
If you pay several months of rent in advance,
make sure you ask the landlord for a receipt.

Housing allowances
In some cases, the APL (Aides Personnalises au Logement) or ALS (Allocations de Logement caractre
Social) benefits may be granted by the Caisse dAllocations Familiales. Applications for these benefits should
be made on Internet. Montpellier: www.montpellier.caf.fr / Perpignan: www.caf.fr

Housing insurance
Comprehensive housing insurance is mandatory for unfurnished properties and highly recommended in the
case of furnished properties. This housing insurance policy will cover you against fire, flooding, explosion,
liability, theft...
The big insurance companies and some banks issue suitable housing insurance policies.

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B. HEALTHCARE
Affiliation to the social security scheme
Affiliation to the social security scheme at the same time as the administrative enrolment procedure.
Affiliation to the system is mandatory for non European students.
Cost: 213 (2014-2015).
To qualify for scurit sociale tudiante, students must be aged under 28 years and enrolled in an
approved higher education establishment for at least three months
Students over the age of 28 may qualify, in certain cases, for the Couverture mdicale Universelle (CMU).
An annual contribution is due to Caisse Primaire dAssurance Maladie.
For more information, we advise you to get in touch with these organizations.
Students who are members of the European Economic Space are exempted if they are holders of a
European Health Insurance card that is valid for the entire academic year.

Complementary mutual health insurance


The social security scheme refunds about 60% of healthcare costs. In addition to this mandatory scheme,
complementary mutual health insurance schemes take on the extra cost so youre your healthcare
becomes free.
Cost: 50 to 500/year depending on the insurance company and cover.
These insurance policies have the added benefit of including a civil liability cover which is often mandatory.
Particular case of French and foreign government scholarship students.
Students benefiting from the scurit sociale tudiante do not pay social security contributions. Campus
France refunds the amount paid for a mandatory enrolment to a complementary mutual health insurance
policy to the rate of 264, upon the basis of justification of payment for the current academic year.
Students who do not qualify for the scurit sociale tudiante scheme are insured directly by Campus
France. The Campus France insurance is strictly personal and other members of the family are not insured.
The organizations in charge of students Social Security are:
LMDE, La Mutuelle des Etudiants: www.lmde.fr
MEP, La Mutuelle des tudiants de Provence: www.mep.fr

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Preventive medicine
Ask at your university to see a doctor, nurse and/or social worker.

Disabled students
Various accompanying arrangements are available to disabled students at the three universities in
Montpellier. Please contact the persons in charge, or go to the website of the university you are enrolled
at for more information.
Universit Montpellier 1: handiversite@univ-montp1.fr
Universit Montpellier 2: handicap@univ-montp2.fr
Universit Montpellier 3: etud.handi@univ-montp3.fr
Universit de Nmes: handicap@unimes.fr
Universit de Perpignan Via Domitia: baeh@univ-perp.fr
The CROUS has about 100 accommodations designed for the disabled.
For further information: www.crous-montpellier.fr>service social/handicap
Under this heading, disabled students may fill out the demande de logement adapt file. This will help
the CROUS in their search of a suitable accommodation. Applications can be made at any time in the year.

Social aid
CROUS social workers are available for students at the CROUS and at the universities. Welcome, support,
information and guidance, activation of financial aid, prevention... Our social workers can help students
experiencing social, psychological or materialistic difficulties.
Service social du CROUS de Montpellier
Tel.: +33 (0)4 67 41 50 28 - service.social@crous-montpellier.fr

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C. MONEY MATTERS
Minimum financial requirement
Under French law it is mandatory for International students to prove they have sufficient means of
support, i.e., 615/month.
Proof of these means can be given by presenting:
- a certificate of scholarship,
- a standing order from abroad (stamped by the bank),
- bank statements of the last three months showing monthly bank transfers (615) or signed and dated
certification from the bank showing a credit balance amounting to at least three months of the minimum
financial requirement.
615 is a strict minimum. During the first month of your stay in France, you may need as much as 1,800
(security deposit, insurance, mutual health insurance...).
Enrolment at university varies according to studies you plan to do: 184 for students enrolling for a
bachelors degree, 256 for a Master, 391 for doctoral students (2014-2015).

Monthly budget
The following table gives a breakdown of average monthly expenses
of a single student not living in a hall of residence:
Rent (including charges)

400

Food 200
Transportation 30
University supplies
Spare time activities

20
100

Internet 20
Mobile phone

30

TOTAL 800

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How to open a bank account


It is highly advisable to open a bank account, and particularly so if you are entitled to various allowances
which will be paid directly into your bank account.
List of required documents:
certificate of accommodation (with exact address),
certificate of school attendance,
copy of passport and visa.

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D. EATING OUT
There is a large range of low priced eateries: 3.20/meal
The university restaurants and CROUS cafeterias are located on or very near the university campuses. The
food served is low priced and adapted to the need of all students.
For further details go to www.crous-montpellier.fr

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E. TRANSPORTATION
In Montpellier
Bicycle, tram, bus... Transports de lAgglomration de Montpellier (TAM) offers a range of subscriptions and
passes. For further details, go to www.montpellier-agglo.com
In Nmes
In Nmes the bus service is managed by TaNgo. For further details go to www.tangobus.fr
In Perpignan
In Perpignan there are various means of transportation to help you get around the city. For further details
go to www.ctpmperpignan.com and www.bip-perpignan.fr

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F . PassCulture: A GOOD IDEA


Passculture in Montpellier
All students under the age of 30 years can ask for a PassCulture card.
The charge for this card is 9 and entitles the holder reduced prices
at cinemas (3.90) theatres and concerts (5 to 10).
Enquiries: CROUS de Montpellier
Tel.: +33 (0)4 67 41 50 96 - pass.culture@crous-montpellier.fr
www.crous-montpellier.fr/Culture
Campus Culture in Nmes
For 7, students in Nmes enjoy reduced prices for concerts, cinema and theatre, as well as reduced
admission to the monuments and museums around the city. Books, CDs and films may also be purchased
at reduced prices.
A few examples: 5 admission to Thtre de Nmes, 4 admission to the Forum at city centre
Enquiries: service jeunesse de la ville de Nmes (ORLOJ)
Tel.: +33 (0)4 66 27 76 86 - http://orloj.nimes.fr
Passculture in Perpignan
For 9, students in Perpignan enjoy reduced prices for concerts, cinema and theatre, as well as reduced
admission to various sites in the region.
Prices are as follows: Cinema Castillet: 3, Institut Jean Vigo: 3, Thatre delArchipel: 5, Jazzbre: from
2 to 15, USAP: 5, Festivals: - 50 %
Enquiries: Universit de Perpignan Via Domitia
Btiment BASE - Open Monday to Friday 1:30-4:30pm.
Tel.: +33 (0)4 68 66 20 11 - pass-culture@univ-perp.fr
Facebook: PassCulture UPVD - Twitter: PassCulture UPVD

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G. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES


ACCOMMODATION
1. Collateral:
- Passport
- Collaterals ID
- Collaterals three last pay slips and last income tax statement
- Proof of collaterals residence (utility or telephone bill)
- Bank account identification details (tenant and collateral)
2. Comprehensive housing insurance
BANK
- Proof of residence (rent receipt or lease)
- Passport and visa
HOUSING ALLOWANCES (CAF)
- Completed file
- Bank account identification details
IMMIGRATION (OFII)
- Passport with visa and entry date
- OFII certificate (given to the student by the consulate at the same time as the visa)
ADMINISTRATIVE ENROLMENT AT UNIVERSITY
- Passport and copy of passport showing the student visa (non EU students) or residents permit
- A duly completed enrolment file
- Letter of acceptance from the host university
- Original birth certificate translated into French + copy
- Scholarship students: copy of scholarship awarding
- If admission to L1, original diploma allowing admission to university in your country
+ a translation of the said document by an approved translator + a copy of this document
- For all other years of study: in addition to the baccalaureate, present the original of the
diploma allowing admission by equivalence agreement = an approved translation of this diploma
and copy
AFFILIATION TO SOCIAL SECURITY
- French translation of birth certificate
NB: Make sure you have several copies of all these documents and several passport photographs
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H. GLOSSARY
BAC: Baccalaurat
BDE: Bureau des tudiants
CAF: Caisse dallocation Familiale
CMU: Couverture Maladie Universelle
COMUE: (ex PRES) Communaut dUniversits et dtablissements du Languedoc-Roussillon
CPAM: Caisse Primaire dAssurance Maladie
CRIJ: Centre Rgional Information Jeunesse
CROUS: Centre Rgional des uvres universitaires et scolaires
ENT: Espace Numrique de Travail
LR: Languedoc-Roussillon (Rgion)
MDE: Maison des tudiants
OFII: Office Franais de lImmigration et de lintgration
PHARE: Point Hbergement Accueil et Recherche de logement pour les Etudiants Internationaux
RIB: Relev dIdentit Bancaire (Bank account identification details)
SAMU: Service dAide Mdicale dUrgence
UF: Unit de Formation et de Recherche
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BU: Bibliothque Universitaire (university library)


Caft: Caftria
Cit U: Cit Universitaire (Hall of residence)
Coloc: Colocation
Fac: Facult = UFR = Unit de Formation et de Recherche
RU ou restoU: Restaurant Universitaire (University restaurant)

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Contacts

CROUS de Montpellier
Service accueil international
2 rue Monteil - 34033 Montpellier
Tel.: +33 (0)4 67 41 50 38 - Fax: +33 (0)4 67 41 50 29
international@crous-montpellier.fr - www.crous-montpellier.fr
PRES-COMUE
Service Accueil International tudiants/Chercheurs
163 rue Auguste Broussonnet - 34090 Montpellier
Tel.: +33 (0)4 67 41 67 87 - Fax: +33 (0)4 67 41 93 34
accueilinternational@pres-suddefrance.fr - www.pres-suddefrance.fr
UNIVERSIT MONTPELLIER 1 (UNIVERSIT DE MONTPELLIER)
Service des Relations Internationales - Services centraux / Espace Richter
Rue Vendmiaire - Bt. E - CS 29555 - 34961 Montpellier cedex 2
Tel.: + 33 (0)4 34 43 23 23 - sri@univ-montp1.fr - www.univ-montp1.fr
UNIVERSIT MONTPELLIER 2 (UNIVERSIT DE MONTPELLIER)
Ple Relations Internationales et Mobilit
Place Eugne Bataillon - 34095 Montpellier cedex 5
Tel.: + 33 (0)4 67 14 30 46 - iris-ri@univ-montp2.fr - www.univ-montp2.fr

MONTPELLIER

UNIVERSIT paul Valry


Service des Relations Internationales
Bureau 213 - Route de Mende - 34199 Montpellier cedex 5
Tel.: + 33 (0)4 67 14 21 31 - www.univ-montp3.fr
Universit de Nmes
Service des Relations Internationales
Rue du Dr. Georges Salan - 30021 Nmes cedex
Tel.: +33 (0)4 66 36 45 61 - international@unimes.fr - www.unimes.fr
Universit de Perpignan Via Domitia
Service Universitaire des Relations Internationales
52 avenue Paul Alduy - Bt. A RDC - 66860 Perpignan
Tel.: +33 (0)4 68 66 22 18 - Fax: +33 (0)4 68 66 17 49
sec-suri@univ-perp.fr - www.univ-perp.fr

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