Coming to France: Step by Step

ESCI, International Business School, is proud to welcome you as a short time visiting student and will help you to make your integration easy. We want you to feel part of our school and make your stay as successful and exciting as possible.

How to become an exchange/ Erasmus or a non-degree seeking student at ESCI?

If you want to participate in ERASMUS student mobility or to study only for a short period at ESCI (Alliance, study abroad), you should first contact the International Relations Office of the institution where you study. They will tell you about their host institutions, the selection procedure and financial support. When you have been selected by your home institution to study at ESCI, please contact our International Relations Office. The staff will help you to prepare your application and study period abroad.

Application Procedure

Please read carefully the documents you find on our website, see our program and browse the course outlines where you will find important information concerning the teaching language, number of ECTS, level of studies and the course content and outcomes.

Print the application form matching your situation :

Fill it in, attach the required documents to complete your application and sign the form on the last page. Ask your International Relations Office to sign the application form too and send it to the International Relations Office at ESCI before deadline. Our international Relations Office will contact you once your application file has been received. 
All visiting students accepted by ESCI, International Business School, will be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance letter (‘Attestation d’admission’).

Learning Agreement

If you come as Erasmus students your Learning Agreement which records your choice of courses has to be received BEFORE the semester starts. Your home and host institution have to approve it by mutual signature.

Deadlines

1st semester (fall) or full academic year: the 30th of June
2nd semester (spring): the 30th of November
NB. Late forms may cause administrative problems and affect the success of your application.

Study Periods

The first semester starts at the beginning of October and runs until the end of January. The exam period is included.
The second semester starts right at the beginning of February and runs to the end of Mai (exam period included).

Health Insurance

If you want to study abroad you need to prove sufficient insurance cover. It is your responsibility to make sure that you are entirely covered. 
- Health insurance is compulsory in France.
We advise you as an Erasmus student to apply for the European Insurance Health Card (EIHC) before leaving your home country. It is free of charge and is valid for several months under the condition that you remain enrolled at your home institution for your study period in France. It allows anyone who is insured by a statutory social security scheme of the EEA countries to obtain free medical treatment in another member state or at a reduced cost.
Non EEA students have to sign up for a health insurance in France. Please contact the international relations office at ESCI for all information and bear in mind that it will take some days to complete all papers and have coverage (administrative delay). So we advise you to take a travel insurance which will cover you also during the first days after your arrival in France.
In any case you must provide proof of sufficient insurance cover to the international relations office at ESCI in order to register on the day of enrollment.

Visa Information

If you need a visa to study in France, please bear in mind that the paperwork takes time. You must request the document (Student Visa) in time at the French consulate in your country BEFORE your arrival. Bear in mind that you are not allowed to study in France with a tourist visa.

Accommodations

Once accepted at ESCI the International Relations Office provides you with information concerning housing possibilities. Please bear in mind that you will study in the region of Paris. So availability is limited. If you study less than the full academic year, it is less likely that you will find accommodation easily. 
Please refer to the ‘Student Guide’.

Arrival

We expect you to arrive for the Orientation Day but at latest on the first day of classes.
But everybody needs time to settle. So we advise you to come to France some days before the semester starts to handle with administrative paperwork (for accommodation, to open a bank account, etc.) and perhaps to meet the ESCI students.

Orientation

An orientation day is organized the first day of each semester. You are strongly invited to attend the program. The staff of the International Office provides you with important and useful information concerning the school, the program, the coordinators, the exams/ marks and schedules.