French law is going to modify the healthcare system for students enrolling for the first time in 2018/2019 in a French institution of higher education.
International student enrolled in a French educational institution for more than 3 months starting from 1st September are legally obliged* to enrol in the French Social Security Healthcare system, known as la “Sécurité Sociale”.
- Students who are nationals and passport-holders of one of the European Union countries can be exempted from this obligation. BUT, in order to be exempted and to avoid paying the annual fee (217€ in 2017/2018), those students must provide one of the following documents :
- European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) - provided by the national social security service in their home E.U country
- or Proof of private European health insurance**
- Full time students MUST enrol in the French system (governmental policy) since their study period is over 3 months. However, please note that enrolment in the French system can only start on September 1st, so a private health insurance from the date of arrival in France until 1 September is necessary.
** You must bring the original insurance document
*** To be reimbursed, you need a Bank account in France. Necessary information will be given during the enrollment process.