Preparing for your departure: practical information

Before setting off on your mobility trip, prepare your stay and find out all you can about your destination.

Visit the website of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

  • Please read the information in the "Travel advice" section carefully.
  • To ensure your personal safety, we strongly recommend that you follow the advice given in the "Safety" section.
  • The "Last minute" section alerts you to recent events that could have an impact on your safety.

Register on the "Ariane" page of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs
The "Ariane" system makes it free and easy to register with the Ministry.
You will receive safety recommendations by SMS or e-mail if the situation in your country warrants it.
You will be alerted in the event of a crisis in your destination country.

Which papers for which destination?

In Europe
For stays in the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, a valid identity card or passport is all you need.
Please note: since the Brexit, the United Kingdom is no longer part of either the European Union or the European Economic Area.

Other countries
To find out if your destination country requires a visa :

In Québec
For a study stay in Quebec of six months or less, you don't need to obtain a study visa and the Quebec acceptance certificate beforehand (but you won't be able to work or do an internship).

Visit the website of the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration (MIFI) du Québec.

Several types of financial aid can be combined to cover the costs of a stay abroad. These grants cover costs related to the stay: accommodation, transportation, food, day-to-day living expenses.

  • In Europe:
    If you are staying in a country of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will enable you to prove your entitlement to health insurance and to have your medical expenses covered locally, in accordance with the legislation and formalities in force in the country you are staying in.
  • In Quebec:
    Under the terms of the "Protocole d'entente entre le gouvernement du Québec et le gouvernement de la République française relatif à la protection sociale des étudiants et des participants à la coopération", French nationals studying in Quebec are eligible for Quebec health and hospitalization insurance benefits, under the same conditions as Quebec students.
    To obtain a Quebec health insurance card for your participation in an inter-university exchange, you must apply to the Régie de l'assurance-maladie du Québec (RAMQ) using the registration form provided, enclosing a copy of form SE 401-Q-106 and the Certificat d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ) pour études issued by the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration (MIFI).
  • Elsewhere in the world:
    For a stay in other countries, it is compulsory to have valid medical insurance coverage in the country.
    Contact your student mutual insurance company to arrange appropriate health cover.

Find out more:

Check the validity of your civil liability insurance for the host country.
Take out additional insurance if necessary, especially for medical repatriation.

If you are traveling by car, remember to take out an insurance extension for transit countries and the host country, and make sure that the vehicle's equipment complies with current regulations.

Find out more:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: travel advice

Check vaccination recommendations and requirements, as well as the state of hygiene in your host country:

Institut Pasteur guides you

Your trip will also be an opportunity to check that your vaccination records are up to date.

You can contact the partner university's international relations office once your stay abroad has been confirmed.

Depending on how well you've prepared yourself, an experience abroad can be as challenging as it is rewarding.

Don't forget that you'll be ambassadors for your university, your region and your country abroad.

For maximum benefits abroad:

  • Don't always stay between French people
  • Mix and mingle with students from your host country: sign up for sports or cultural activities, join associations, live with roommates...
  • Take advantage of this opportunity to network with other international students and discover their culture!