Health, social security and grants
Please note that social security coverage is compulsory in France when you enroll in a higher education institution. The registration is free of charge and will allow you to be reimbursed for any health expenses resulting from illness or maternity throughout your academic year.
- Students from one of the 27 countries in the European Union, Ireland, Lichtenstein, Norway or Switzerland who already have national health insurance coverage and possess a European Health Insurance Card. This card gives you free access to public health care during your stay in France for the same cost and conditions as in your home country.
- Students from Quebec are exempt from social security coverage upon presentation of the #SE401Q106 formula.
Social security coverage is effective as soon as you arrive in France on the website ameli.fr.
You will be able to obtain better medical coverage by signing up for complementary mutual insurance (non-compulsory).
Subscription to civil liability insurance is compulsory.
In case of emergency, contact:
- Firefighters: 18 or École Polytechnique site: +33 (0)1 69 33 34 33
- Emergency medical services (SAMU): 15 or from a mobile 112
- Emergency doctors call out (SOS MEDECIN): 36 24
- Nearest emergency services – Orsay hospital: +33 (0)1 69 29 75 62
- SOS MAINS – Clinique de l'Yvette: +33 (0)1 86 86 91 91
- Poison control center, Fernand Widal: +33 (0)1 40 05 48 48
On the Palaiseau Campus
You will find 2 pharmacies on campus where you can buy medicine with or without a prescription: Pharmacie de Lozère (15-minute walk) or Pharmacie des Écoles (10 minutes by bus).
The École Polytechnique medical service (11th medical unit in Palaiseau):
- Military doctors perform consultations and medical examinations for student engineers and military executives.
Appointment only: +33 (0)1 69 33 39 06. Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 12pm and 1:30pm – 5pm (4pm on Fridays)
- A civilian doctor sees Bachelor, Masters and MsCT students for medical check-ups and consultations.
This facility is restricted to École Polytechnique staff.
- Occupational health problems for the site’s civilian staff
- Registration for workplace First Aid lessons
- Osteopathic appointments: paid for by the School for the benefit of staff and students. Request an appointment by contacting the preventive medicine secretary.
- Physiotherapist appointments: A paid service available to staff and students.
Contact: +33 (01) 69 33 39 20
Monday to Friday: 8:30am - 5pm
Psychologists work with various communities on campus, the care they provide is as follows:
- Four psychologists provide counselling for engineering students, MSC&T students and PhD applicants. (They also welcome civilian and military staff to guide them to the correct external support systems.)
- One psychologist supports Bachelor students.
Appointments are made directly with the relevant psychologist by e-mail or telephone.
Appointments last 40 minutes and are once a fortnight.
Opening times 8:45am – 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8:45am – 4pm on Fridays.
(see NDS January 2019)
Connected to the general secretary, it has two principle roles:
- contribute to the development of the school’s social policy by offering and piloting adaptive tools alongside social services and the École Polytechnique’s Social Action Committee (CASEP)
- act on behalf of the secretary general on specific issues related to the social hub.
The social hub is managed by an area manager and comprises 2 entities which fulfil the following duties:
- management of social service duties
- management of CASEP events and activities
Social action encompasses all the measures put in place at the School to improve the living conditions of staff members and their families on a professional and personal level. As well as engineering students, students from other courses (MsCT, Masters, Bachelor, PhD students) and members by agreement (agreements with the CAES of the CNRS and the ENSTA in order for staff members' children to attend the recreation center).
Role of social services:
Social services are responsible for:
- information and support of all staff at the École Polytechnique, as well as their families, in social matters (rights, hobbies or childcare facilities)
- financial support can be provided: emergency aid, loans, and various grants.
- guidance and/or support in the search for housing (except for students)
This service is managed by a social worker with the help of a secretary.
Role of the CASEP (École Polytechnique Social Action Committee):
CASEP aims to make life easier for staff in their professional field and personal life while strengthening their sense of belonging to a workplace community.
- Its actions are focused on supporting families (recreation center caring for more than 130 children of staff members and running cultural and sports activities for them.)
- It offers various cultural and artistic activities (workshops, toy library)
- It organizes several events such as Christmas tree decorating, a Christmas show and the Christmas markets, retirement meal etc.
- There is a logistical link with the Saclay Social Committee (CSS) which encompasses the local Ministry of the Armed Forces departments.
The ENSTA Paris social worker welcomes all students upon request and is bound by professional confidentiality.
Their mission is:
- To help students experiencing social, family or personal difficulties.
- To rebuild social ties when at risk of breakdown and marginalization.
- To facilitate access to legal entitlements and referrals to appropriate services
On the Evry Campus
A multi-disciplinary team is at your disposal for any advice or health problems, helping you to be in the best physical, psychological, and social circumstances possible to carry out your studies.
They will respect the rules of ethics, neutrality and confidentiality regarding information brought to their knowledge.
The service is open: Monday to Friday: 9am to 12pm and 1:30pm to 5:15pm
Contact: Audrey GALLINEAU, health center manager
Ph: +33 (0)1 60 76 43 73
Audrey GALLINEAU, a nurse, will see you for anything that is impacting your health or education (Student health policy, special official bulletin No.1, 25th January 2001).
She will answer any request, provide advice, listen to you, give relationship or psychological support, referrals, and further medical information.
She provides emergency first aid, routine medical care, surgical treatments, dressings, and vaccinations upon prescription.
She coordinates preventive action in partnership with student associations and the student life commission:
- STI screenings
- Blood donation
- Public health awareness campaigns (dangerous behaviors harassment and/or gender-based violence, etc).
- Disability awareness campaigns
Dr Legoff, a doctor, is available two Mondays per month from 1pm to 2:30pm:
- Offers preventive visits for new arrivals
- General consultation without prescription
- Issues medical certificates for sport, work, international mobility, internships, etc.
- Monitors immunization coverage
- Issues medical certificates for learning arrangements (illness or disability - MDPH accredited doctor).
Amélie Miret is on campus 3 times per month: Wednesdays from 10:30am to 12pm.
She offers psychological support to students with:
- family difficulties
- doubts, anxieties, worries regarding their studies
- personal difficulties (anxiety, anorexia, depression, etc.)
- those going through a difficult time, etc.
Maïva Teillagorry is on campus every Wednesday, 9am – 11am and 1pm to 3pm, no appointment necessary.
- Listen and advise,
- Direct towards other specialized services
- Provides information about formalities surrounding student life: budget, scholarships, housing, social legislation, work etc.
- Support with different administrative requests: social security, CAF family allowances, scholarships, and one-off emergency grant requests.
- Finding solutions to student difficulties.
The disability advisor works closely with the School life services.
Personal welcome, evaluation of student’s needs, support and dedicated follow-up, human and technological assistance. The university doctor issues a medical report in accordance with the student's disability situation.
This document is used to draw up the Disabled Student Support Plan (PAEH), which specifies the necessary adjustments and compensatory measures needed from the course of study and/or exams.
It is advisable to make an appointment with the health center.
- Welcomes student victims or witnesses
- Provides a listening ear for those who wish to talk about a violent and/or harassment situation
- Offers support to the person (with their prior consent).
- Contributes to the mission to prevent sexual harassment and sexual or gender-based violence.
Contact: Support unit
You can sign up to a local doctor’s surgery or go to a Health Center (which are open to the general public). You will find general practitioners and specialists there. You can avoid paying up front with your Carte Vitale social security card (or your European health insurance card).
Grants and student support
All of our students have access to social services provided by the Crous de Versailles.
Information for students in urgent social situations: site du Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche
Students in difficult situations can apply for an urgent financial grant: for more information contact the national telephone number: +33(0) 806 000 278
The Budget Advice Points (PCB) are facilities designed to support anyone experiencing budgetary difficulties and in need of support.