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Once admitted to our school, the person in charge of welcoming you will contact you to assist you in completing all the formalities and organising accommodation. When you arrive in France, you will be welcomed and helped so as to facilitate your integration and finalise all the administrative tasks.

Suitable welcoming arrangements

Three good reasons to choose ESA

  1. Every year, we welcome more than 250 international students, who form 10% of our students: the international atmosphere of the campus is guaranteed!
  2. Our students are therefore approachable and happy to support you in exploring your new environment.
  3. A strong and experienced international team is happy to answer your questions and guide you through the preparations for your arrival and also in the choice of your study programme..

The key to succeeding in your studies in France: a three-step process that is tailor-made.

Before leaving home, you will be informed about:

  • the administrative procedures: registration, residence permit, bank account, insurance, etc.;
  • the accommodation possibilities;
  • the health care system and health insurance;
  • the possibilities for financial assistance; and
  • the budget you will need.

Upon your arrival in Angers, we shall organise for you:

  • a welcome at the station by a French student;
  • an administrative day for finalising all the formalities and starting the courses calmly and with peace of mind. During this day, we shall also inform you of all the extracurricular activities and the student club and society life.
  • Intensive French classes at the school and after class (including an initiation to French life).

Throughout your stay:

  • you will receive individual support from the staff member responsible for welcoming you: someone from ESA, who is available in case you need support and advice for resolving all the university problems resulting from a long stay far from your home country; and
  • your own educational counsellor: to support you in your studies;

Everyday life

To assist you in the practical things in your daily life.

Accommodation and transport

Accommodation
The international service will find you accommodation before you arrive, taking account of your wishes to the extent possible.
There are three types of accommodation:

  • A room in town or sharing a flat with other students: from €270 to €550/month + electricity (and heating);
  • Staying with a French host family: €480 -€550 per month (half board); and
  • University hall of residence: from €170 to €291/month.

Financial assistance
Every student may apply for financial assistance if staying for at least three months. Paid by the French Government (“Aide Personnalisée au Logement” (personalised housing allowance) or “Allocation Logement (Social)” (social housing allowance), it may be from €50 to €150 per month depending on the level of the rent.

European students may apply for assistance upon their arrival, from the moment that they have a definite address.

Non-European citizens, who need to take steps to obtain a residence permit upon their arrival, only receive their accommodation allowance from the day that they have their residence permit. However, they can assemble their application dossier as soon as they arrive so as to speed up the process.
ESA’s “International Service” will advise you on the formalities.

If you register on the website of the CAF (Caisse d’allocations familiales – Family allowances fund), you will be able to run a simulation, which will give you a good idea of the budget you will need.

A host family in order to improve your level of English
Do you want to follow a degree course at ESA, but your level of French has been judged inadequate by the admissions committee?

Then you should accept accommodation with a French family for a minimum of three months (perhaps longer). Living with a French family will enable you to improve your fluency quicker.

You also have the possibility of having a work placement on a farm before the start of the courses. This will allow you to discover the culture of the country, apply your knowledge and improve your French. LINK TO SUMMER WORK PLACEMENT

Transport
Angers is an average-size town and easy to get around without having to worry about traffic jams.
Pedestrian streets, cycle lanes and trams make getting to shops in the centre of town, bars, cinemas and other places of entertainment and recreation easy.
ESA is close to the centre of town, less than ten minutes on foot to the station and not much more from large stores.
Students normally walk, cycle or take a bus or tram. The efficient public transport network often surprises our international students: there is even a night service.

Budget transport
Getting around on a bike
The town of Angers loans bicycles for free to adults, who reside or work in the town. The borrower undertakes to only use the bicycle within the territory of the municipalities within the greater Angers Loire area.

Conditions for borrowing:

  • A bicycle is given to the user by Vélocité after signing a loan agreement. The loan is for at least one week and at most four months. It may be renewed twice by each borrower.
  • No security deposit (cheque) is required but the user must pay for any repairs or the replacement of the bicycle in the event of theft.
  • You must hold an Atout card to be able to use this service. It is a single card that allows you to access the different services of the town of Angers and the greater Angers Loire area: transport, public library, sports, Vélocité, etc.
  • This card is personal and has your photo on it.
  • You may register at http://atout.angers.fr/
  • The international service can also assist you in registering.

Getting around by bus or tram
The tickets cost €1.50 each.
If you buy a ticket from an automatic ticket machine, it will cost you €1.40.
Monthly ticket: €31.60.
10-journey ticket: €12.20.

Budget

Budget: daily cost of living
Indicative monthly budget:

  • A room in town: on average €350 (for 23m²)
  • Meals at the university restaurant (€3.25 x 60 meals): €195
  • Transport by bus/tram: €31.60 (price of a monthly ticket)
  • Total: approx. €576.60

Accommodation
ESA can help you find accommodation.
You can benefit from financial assistance granted by the CAF of between €50 and €150 per month, depending on the level of your rent. If this assistance is granted to you, you can deduct it from the amount of your rent.

Meals
The town of Angers has three university restaurants open at midday and in the evening during the week. Price of the meal: €3.25. There is a cafeteria on the ESA premises and the rates for a standard menu (salad, sandwich, etc.) vary between around €4 and €6.

Sundries
Recreation, school supplies, clothing, etc.: you should allow for €100 to €200/month depending on your taste, choice and financial means.
Good to know: special rates are granted to students at cinemas, shows, museums and even in some shops, upon presentation of their student cards.

Banks
ESA will help you find a bank. It is better to choose a bank with a strong international coverage.

Health

Health insurance cover is mandatory when staying in France.

  • In France, you have to choose your doctor.
  • The rate for consultations is fixed by the State according to the following scale:
    • a general practitioner: €23; and
    • a specialist: from €23 to €37.
  • It is also possible to consult doctors free of charge at the Maison des Etudiants. The International Service can supply you with a list of general practitioners and dentists in the vicinity of ESA.
  • The French State compulsory health insurance scheme for students enables you to be reimbursed for part of your health expenses (visits to doctors, medicines and hospital fees) up to a limit of 70% of total expenses, throughout your stay.

We recommend that you take out a complementary insurance policy (“une mutuelle etudiante”) in order to cover the total cost of your health expenses. it will reimburse you the difference between the total amount of your health expenses and what is covered by the State compulsory insurance scheme. Such insurance cover will cost you between €5 and €34 per month, depending on your level of cover. You may benefit from a grant of €100 from the Pays de la Loire region towards the cost of your “mutuelle”. The International Service will also help you in applying for this.

How to take out a health insurance policy?
All international students under 28 years of age staying more than three months in France must take out a French health insurance policy for students: the so-called SMEBA (€215 for the 2016-2017 academic year). ESA will look after your registration when you arrive. We shall inform you of the documents to be furnished when you are accepted.
For more information, please consult the SMEBA website.

Students over 28 years of age must take out an international insurance covering the costs of health when they arrive in France. If you do not have one, you will have to take out insurance with PUMA (Protection Universelle Maladie – universal health protection). More informations

Only European students studying here are exempt from fees, subject presenting their European health cards.

Formalities

Once admission to a degree course has been confirmed or registration for a non-degree study programme validated, you may begin the administrative process for staying in France.
For your stay in France, there are three different situations:

  • 1. You are a citizen of a country of the European Union (or of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland):
    • No carte de séjour (residence permit) is required.
    • You must be in possession of a valid passport or national identity card.
  • 2. You are a citizen of Croatia or Turkey:
    • For a stay ≤ three months in France: no carte de séjour (residence permit). You must be in possession of a valid passport or national identity card.
    • For a stay > three months in France: you must be in possession of a valid passport and a D STUDENT visa mentioning that a “carte de séjour à solliciter à l’arrivée” (residence permit to be applied for on arrival), i.e. you must apply for your residence permit as soon as you arrive in Angers.
  • 3. You are NOT a citizen of one of the above countries:
    • For a stay ≤ three months in France: you must have a passport and a visa with the words “dispensé temporaire de carte de séjour” (which means that for the time being you do not require a residence permit).
    • For a stay > three months in France: you must be in possession of a valid passport and a D STUDENT visa mentioning that a “carte de séjour à solliciter à l’arrivée” (residence permit to be applied for on arrival), i.e. you must apply for your residence permit as soon as you arrive in Angers.

How to apply for a visa
Contact the French Embassy or Consulate in your home country.
Warning! A ‘tourist’ visa may NOT be exchanged for a student (“étudiant”) visa, either in France or any other EU Member State.

How to apply for a carte de séjour (residence permit)
All the information:

Learn more about the administrative formalities
Go to www.campusfrance.org – Please consult the tabs “Study in France”, “Living in France” and then “Working in France during your studies”, and “Prepare your stay”, including “Visa and Residence permits”.

Your contact: Alejandra Caril : a.caril@groupe-esa.com