1 - Visas and residence permits FAQ

2 - Welcome Offices in Paris and Marseille

3 - Accomodation in Paris region

4 - Health

5- Attend french courses

6 - Student life


The FAQ Visas is intended for international students admitted to EHESS and/or already enrolled in the framework of a supervised mobility programme, a study programme or a research stay. It aims to answer the most frequently asked questions about applying for or renewing a visa or residence permit.

Consult the FAQ Visas.

Campus France has produced a tutorial on the procedures for renewing residence permits.



Welcome Desk

Every year, The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP) and its partners are sitting up a multi-service and multilingual hosting platform for international students and researchers call “Welcome Desk”. The platform allows you, in one place, to carry out your administrative procedures and to find the necessary advice and information in order to have the best stay in Paris Region.

During this event, students have the opportunity to receive help along three main themes: housing, health and employment. It is a unique opportunity for international students to start the semester with the!

We strongly recommend that you attend it. The next session of the Welcome Desk will take place from 13 January to 14 February 2020.

More details about the 3 main themes:

  • Housing: the agents of the CROUS de Paris and the Caisse d'Allocations Familiales (CAF) and the legal adviser are at your disposal to inform you about housing and its regulations, grants and assistance available according to your personal situation.
  • Health: the Paris Health Insurance (CPAM) welcomes you to find out about your rights to Universal Health Protection (PUMa). The PUMa offers health protection for anyone who works, studies or resides in France on a stable and regular basis.
  • Employment: counsellors can help and guide you in your student job search and explain the conditions under which you can engage in a paid activity.

The Police Prefecture of Paris is also available to answer any questions regarding residence permits.

More information available in English, Spanish and Chinese here


Acc&ss Paris Île-de-France

The acc&ss system offers free, all year round, personalised support to students and researchers staying in the Île-de-France region in many areas: assistance in finding accommodation, administrative procedures, work regulations, job search, practice of French, family stay, cultural activities throughout their stay. This system has 3 center: Paris-Centre, Paris-Est and Paris-Nord, each with its own specific features.

Please find below the address of the 4 centers located in Paris Region:

  • Acc&ss Paris-Centre: 17 boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris (Maison Internationale)
  • Acc&ss Paris-Est welcome you in their 2 offices at the 9, avenue Blaise Pascal 77420 - Champs-sur-Marne (Cité Descartes) and at the 80, avenue du Général de Gaulle - 94000 - Créteil (Est Créteil)
  • Acc&ss Paris-Nord welcome you in their 2 offices at the: 1, rue Descartes 95000 - Neuville sur Oise (Université de Cergy-Pontoise) and at the 2, rue de la liberté 93200 - Saint Denis (Université Paris 8)
  • Science Accueil welcome you in their 2 offices at the 6 boulevard Dubreuil 91 400 - Orsay (Centre de services Euraxess) and at the Boulevard François Mitterand-- 91025 Evry (Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne


Aix-Marseille University organises an annual desk for international students in Marseille from the end of August to the beginning of October. This welcome desk is a means of obtaining information on residence permits, accommodation and housing assistance, banking, insurance, etc. Campus France's Marseille fact sheet gives more information on this service and summarises the information you need to settle in Marseille.

In addition, the city of Marseille provides a guide for students giving practical advice on transport, leisure activities, health, accommodation, etc.


The School does not have an accommodation support service, so you have to take the necessary steps yourself, especially in the residences or hostels. We strongly advise you to enquire about the application dates for the university residences (these can vary greatly depending on the accommodation) and to start your search for accommodation as soon as possible.

EHESS offers rooms in the CROUS de Paris residences. These are intended only for exchange students (ERASMUS+ or Bilateral Agreement). If you think you may be eligible, do not hesitate to consult the page "Accommodation at the Crous de Paris".

Download the guide "Finding accomodation in Paris and Marseille" or the Acc&ss page dedicated to accommodation


It is important to take care of your health during your studies. And this requires above all a general knowledge of French health coverage. Membership of the social security system is an important step in ensuring that you can start your studies in France with confidence. It is also compulsory and is done immediately after the school's administrative registration. Health coverage covers you if you need it and reimburses you for part of your expenses related to your health costs.

Find visit the procedure to follow here.



It is possible to follow courses in French applied to social sciences, as part of one's training at EHESS. These courses are provided by the Language Centre, from level B1 upwards. Validation of these lessons may give entitlement to ECTS credits. For more information, click here.

French can also be learnt through organisations external to EHESS. The Alliance Française de Paris or the Alliance Française d'Aix Marseille, for example, offers courses at all levels. Enrolment in this type of organisation is generally subject to a fee.



Student mentoring system (Paris only)

If you would like to meet an EHESS referent student, who will help you discover the campuses, how the school works and even life in Paris, register on the Buddysystem platform!

The Buddy System is a student mentoring system designed by the Erasmus Student Network association, but managed by the EHESS International Relations Department. The pairs are created on the basis of languages spoken or centres of interest. Registration is free and optional.

The referent students are volunteers and are above all motivated by the idea of exchange. If you encounter any administrative problems, you are best directed to the relevant administrative services.

How to register :
- Click on "Register" in the top right-hand corner of the site.                                                    
- Fill in the fields. Click on "international student".
- In the list of establishments, choose "EHESS".
- Finalize registration
- A person from the DRI will refer you to a student according to each person's preferences.
- The chosen referee student will contact you.


EHESS student associations and living spaces

A number of student associations animate the life of EHESS. The EHESS Student Association (AEHESS) regularly organises activities to facilitate links between students.

You will find all the information you need here.

Living spaces are also provided on the Paris and Marseille campuses. More details.

Erasmus Student Network (Paris and Marseille)

The ESN (Erasmus Student Network) associations, present in Paris and Marseille, organise events for international students (with or without supervised mobility) to enable them to better adapt to local life and to facilitate meetings with other students in the city.