Immigration matters


European students

“European” students are students with a nationality from:

• One of the 28 countries of the EU;
• A country included in the EEA (EU + Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein)
• Switzerland
• Monaco or Andorra

You must apply directly on our website between February 18th and June 30th.
More information:


Non-european students but living in a european country


You must apply directly on our website between February 18th and June 30th.
If your application is accepted, you will receive an authorization of enrollment. From that point on, you will be able to undertake the procedures with the French Consulate in your country of residence to obtain a student visa.
NB. Even if the « Etudes en France » procedure applies in the country of origin, non-European students residing in Europe do not need to either return to their native country nor to follow this procedure.

More information:


Non-european students but living in a country included in the "Etudes en France" procedure


Check the list on the Campus France website:

2 mandatory steps

1- You must follow the « Etudes en France » procedure until you obtain a student visa.
Create your private electronic file and follow the instructions. If necessary, contact the Campus France platform in your country of residence for more information
Warning : Make sure you select the following program on the Campus France platform: « Master Sciences, technologies, Santé mention neuroscience, Université Paris Descartes, Faculté des sciences fondamentales et biomédicales, Site de Paris ». If you select another school than Paris Descartes, we will not be able to validate your file for you to obtain your visa. It will then be delayed.
Please send an email to as soon as you have submitted your COMPLETE application on Campus France, so that we can validate it.

2- You must concurrently apply on our website February 1st and June 30th or your application will NOT be examined.

More information:


Non-european students but living in a country NOT included in the "Etudes en France" procedure


You must apply directly on our website between February 1st and June 30th.
If your application is accepted, you will receive an authorization of enrollment. From that point on, you will be able to undertake the procedures with the French Consulate in your country of residence to obtain a student visa.

More information:

NB : As visa matters tend to take a lot of time, we recommend that you apply as early as possible. We are not responsible for the obtaining of your visa, so you must anticipate and respect our batch schedule.



Tuition fees


The tuition fees for European students will be as usual and the exact amount will be announced in July but it is usually around 350€* for the M1 (including the CVEC) and 350€* for the M2 (including the CVEC) .

As far as Non-European students are concerned, we will get some information in July. If we find out before July, it will appear here. There is a high probability that the tuition fees for non-European students will be as Campus France announces below. So bear in mind this possibility.

This is the information which Campus France published about the tuition fees:

Tuition fees must be paid in person, upon completion of the administrative registration.

* subject to modification


We do not provide housing, therefore you will have to look for an accommodation on your own.

Here are a few tips that could help you out:

We highly recommend that you look for an accommodation before your arrival, as it can be hard to find a good one in Paris. Most students pay between 400 and 600€ per month for accommodation. We would like to warn you that the rents are high so unless you are lucky to get a room at the CIUP residence, you will most likely get a room for a high price.

Prices depend on the area, for example, districts 5, 6, 16 and 8 are the most expensive ones. Yet you can find cheaper rents in districts 18, 19 and 20 or in the suburbs.

Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris: CIUP

Located in the south of Paris, the International University Campus called Cité Internationale Universitaire (CIUP) has a number of different “houses” (Canadian House, Japanese House, German House, American House, etc.) where foreign students can apply to live. You can apply directly on their website.

NB. We recommend that you apply as soon as you receive your authorization of enrollment because their rooms are highly sought after. The cost of a room is usually between € 450 and 600.

Les Estudines

Les Estudines offer entirely furnished and equipped accommodation for students.

In order to Book accommodation there:

– Pick a student residence on their website

– or call the regional (Ile-de-France) booking center: 09 69 39 22 00 (free of charge)

You need to contact the booking center even if the student residences already appear as fully booked, because availabilities can change every day (departures, cancellations…etc.).

Shared housing

In some cases, the best way is to share an apartment where you will have a bigger place at a lower price.

Private owners and real estate agencies

You can find accommodation online on your own.

– Be very careful because unfortunately, even in Paris there are frauds. If you rent an apartment before your arrival, never send money to the owner without an official contract.
– Apartment agencies being quite expensive, we would recommend that you try to find on your own first.
– Some dishonest agencies ask you to pay in exchange for a list of apartments. Never pay for a list, you only pay when you have chosen an apartment!

Here are a few websites you can check out:

Healthcare system


Students will not pay for the student social security anymore BUT each student MUST report to the social security center closest to their place of residence in order to register for social security.

Whether you are a French or an international student, you can find he procedure on Please follow the instructions and proceed:

Social Security hotline:

  • in English from France: 0 811 36 36 46 – 0.06 € / min + price of call
  • in English from abroad: 0033 811 36 36 46
  • in French from France: 3646 – 0.06 € / min + price of call

Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Social Security provides 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. It is strongly recommended. To get more information:


European students: if you have the « carte européenne d’assurance maladie » (European Health Insurance Card), you will have to make the advance payment of your medical costs which will be (partially or fully) reimbursed afterwards.

Students from Québec: there is a special form (SE-401-Q-106) that also allows you to be reimbursed (partially or fully) afterwards after you make the advance payment of your medical costs.



Each student MUST get the following insurance coverage:

  • French social security, mandatory (cf Healthcare system section)
  • Complementary health insurance (mutuelle), strongly recommended (cf Healthcare system section)
  • Civil liability insurance to cover you from damages caused to others, mandatory

NB. Civil liability insurance covers personal injuries or property damages you may have caused to a third party, voluntarily or involuntarily, during private, curricular or extracurricular activities, on or off campus, in France or abroad.
Please be aware that this type of insurance does not cover any personal injuries or property damages that you may sustain.
Civil liability is usually included in the housing insurance you subscribe to when you rent a room or an apartment. But if you stay at a hotel, share an apartment or stay at a friend’s free of charge, and hence do not have any insurance contract, you must subscribe to an individual civil liability insurance.
For reference, this type of insurance is now offered by most banks, in addition to major insurance companies. We suggest that you inquire at the bank where you opened your bank account in France.
You must verify that your current Civil Liability insurance also covers you during your internship. Contact your insurance provider and explain clearly what you are about to do.

Foreign students must know the following:

  • It is strongly recommended for foreign students to include the repatriation clause in their personal insurance in case you need to be sent back to your country for medical reasons.
  • It will take some time for your registration at social security to proceed. Therefore, it is mandatory that you take an insurance in your home country which will cover you for everything for the first 3 months of your stay in France.

Warning: do not count on your credit card (carte bleue) to cover you for civil liability and complementary health insurance. Moreover, you must be really careful about the cases in which you are covered in general because they are usually very rare.




There are 14 Metro lines and 5 RER lines that enable you to move quickly in Paris or Ile-de-France.

The first Metro services start at around 5:30 am and the last ones finish around 12:30 am on weekdays and 1:45 am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings of public holidays. Full details available on

Travel passes and fares
– Imagine’R package (student pass 26 years-old and under)
– Forfait Navigo available weekly (€ 22,15) or monthly (€ 73).
– More information including maps and routes on


Velib is a simple and free rental bike system. With over 23,600 bikes covering the city, available 24/7 all year long in 1,800 stations every 300m, Velib is a great alternative way to move around in Paris.
Full details including subscription rates, map of stations, cycling tours are available on



Eiffel Scholarships

Warning 1: the deadline to apply for the Eiffel scholarship for the Neuroscience Master’s Program is earlier than the Campus France and Université de Paris deadlines. Our deadline to send your complete application is November 30th (for a program that starts the following academic year). So you need to apply between November 1st and November 30th of each year for a program that starts in September of the following year.

Warning 2: the procedure to apply for the Eiffel scholarship for the Neuroscience Master’s program is slightly different from the procedure described on Campus France and Université de Paris websites. Please follow our procedure described below.

Warning 3: you cannot apply for the Eiffel scholarship on your own. You MUST contact us and follow OUR procedure between November 1st and November 30th.

Warning 4: we are well aware that the application process for our program opens in February. If you apply for the Eiffel scholarship and are selected, you will need to apply on our portal as of February of the following year anyway but you have a secured position in our program no matter if you obtain the scholarship or not. However, if you apply for the EIffel scholarship but your Eiffel application is not selected by the committee of our Neuroscience master’s program to be presented to Campus France, you can still apply on our portal when the application process for our program opens (ie in February).

Warning 5: we strongly recommend that you look for other scholarships on your side (ask the French embassy in your country) because the Eiffel scholarship is extremely competitive and it gives priority to new comers, ie students who have never been to France before. If you are already living in France at the time you are applying, the program chairs will not select your application.




1st step: check if you are eligible in the Eiffel program guide:

  1. Do not mind the dates and procedure given by Campus France. Our deadline and procedure are different, so just check your eligibility!

2nd stepto be completed before November 30th at 6pm CET time

  1. If you are eligible, you must send an email to mentioning in the subject of the email which year (M1 or M2) you wish to attend next year. NB. Check the prerequisites listed here.
  2. You must attach to your email the following documents:
  • CV in English (1 to 2 pages)
  • Personal statement/professional project in English (1 to 2 pages): the candidate writes his/her personal project and explains why he/she chooses to study in France in comparison to his/ her previous studies and his/her future professional career. The candidate must also mention why he/she applies for the Eiffel scholarship.
  • Copy of your passport
  • Transcripts from all your higher education years in English or French only (certified by your institution): it must include the ranking if applicable, number of students in the school year, name of the diploma with the specialty, date of expected completion and final marks
  • Higher education diploma(s) if you have any at the time of application
  • Two letters of recommendation which you can either attach to your email if you have them OR you can have your referees send them directly to (they must mention your name and Eiffel scholarship in the subject of their email)
  • Certificate of English language (IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge, etc.) in a PDF document or through ETS or the proof that your study program was entirely taught in English. NB. You can also attach any document that will make your application outstanding.

3rd step: If your application is selected by the committee of the Neuroscience master’s program, you will be informed through email at the beginning of December at the latest and you will be sent an application form which you will have to complete and email back within 48 hours.


Send all your emails and questions to:


Read the FAQ page for more detailed information.

MIEM Scholarships


The MIEM program, funded by Université de Paris, aims at attracting talented students from abroad and have them undertaking a master at Université de Paris.

The MIEM program is restricted to foreign students that have not previously attended a French university. The applicant must be less than 30 years of age on September 1st 2020.

Foreign students completing a French baccalaureate exam are not eligible.

Students with dual nationalities, one of them being French, are not eligible.

More information about the 2020/2021 academic year campaign coming soon.