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International students

International students

5 reasons to study at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris

  • Hold a degree recognized worldwide
  • Benefit from a top level education in engineering
  • Study in a dynamic and inspiring environment surrounded by high-level researchers
  • Be immersed in a multicultural environment
  • Discover Paris, France and Europe



Fees are specific to each program. Fees are specified in each program description.

Language requirements

Courses are taught either in French or English. The language requirements are specified in each program description.


Scholarships are available for international students.

Long stay student visa

If you are a national of a European Economic Area country (European Union countries (EU), Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) or Switzerland, you don’t need any visa to study in France.

If you are not a national of a European Economic Area country (European Union countries, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) or Switzerland, you must request a student long stay visa which is valid as a French residence permit (VLS-TS = Visa étudiant Long Séjour valant Titre de Séjour).

This visa allows you to remain in France for one year. You are not required to apply for a  residence permit during this time. Your visa will need to be approved by the OFII (the French Immigration and Integration Office) within the first 3 months after your arrival in France at

Visa application

Find your Campus France space :

  • Case 1: If your country of residence is one of the 44 affected by the study in France procedure, register on the “Etudes en France” portal and upload the required documents. Campus France will check your visa application file before submitting it to the French consulate.
  • Case 2: If not, you should apply for your visa application directly with the French embassy or consulate in your country of residence. Find all the information about visa applications at and your consulate’s contact information at French embassies and consulates

You should start the process at the latest 2 months before departure!

Living in Paris

Health insurance

Please note that registration with the French Public Health Insurance (social security) is compulsory in France when you enroll in a Higher Education Institution.

Except for:

  • Students residing in one of the 27 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, who are already affiliated to a national health insurance provider, who hold the European health insurance card (EHIC). This card is free and will give you access to state-provided healthcare during your stay in France under the same conditions and at the same cost as nationals.
  • Students from Quebec holding the #SE401Q106 Form are exempt from registering with the French social security health insurance.

All the necessary steps to register for social security should be taken upon your arrival in France on

For better coverage of medical expenses, you can complement the basic French social security health insurance with supplemental health insurance called a “mutuelle”. Supplemental health insurance is not compulsory.

Subscription to a liability insurance is compulsory.


Different kinds of accommodations are available: university residences, guest houses, private apartments.