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Health insurance

How to get health insurance when you are an international student in France ? 

Please note: The procedures and rights are different if you are a citizen of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or another country. 

Anyone who works or resides in France on a stable and regular basis has the right to have their health costs covered personally and continuously throughout their life. To do this you must be able to prove a domicile in France. 

Prepare your registration for health insurance

Registration for health insurance can be done on the "ameli" website. Before registration, make sure you have the following information and administrative documents: 

  • E-mail address 
  • Postal adress in France 
  • Phone number 
  • National identity card, passport
  • Residence permit 
  • Certificate of education for the current year 
  • Bank information for your reimbursements : IBAN (International Bank Account Number), RIB (Bank Identity Statement) 
  • A civil status documents ( a full copy of the both certificate, an extract of birth certificate with parentage, any document drawn up, by a consulate, a family book, a marriage book)
  • Certificate of parental authorization (If you are under 16)

Please not : International agreements and conventions may provide other supporting documents. 

Other documents to be provided depending on the country of origin

You are a citizen of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland without a European Health Insurance Card (CEAM) or provisional certificate. 

  • The S1 form (which certifies your right to cover health costs with social security in country of origin can be issued to you) 

You are not a citizen of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA)

  • Your residence permits 

You are a Canadian form Quebec


In the case of a university exchange, before your departure, ask your health insurance fund for the form 'certificate of affiliation to the social security scheme for participants in exchanges between higher education establishments' and make - complete it with your university in Quebec, then approach the 'Caisse primaire d'assurance maladie (CPAM) of the place of your residence to give them your form.

After registration 

Once you have registered, you will be given a provisional social security number and you can download your provisional social security affiliation certificate. This provisional number allows you to have access you to have access to the reimbursement of your health costs by health insurance. (You can submit missing or non-conforming supporting documents at any time in the personal area on the site)

The vital card (Carte vitale)

Once you have acquired a definitive sociale Security number, you will be able to create your Ameli account and obtain your vital card (by providing a recent identity photograph and a copy of your identity document) 

Your vital card contains all the information necessary to reimburse your health costs. By presenting to your doctor, you have the insurance of being automatically reimbursed within a week, without the need to send a treatment sheet. 

Declare an attending doctor 

To have a better reimbursement, do not forget to declare an attending doctor. An attending doctor is the one who treats you regularly. It is him that you consult first for an opinion on your health, which ensures that your medical follow-up is optimal. 

This declaration can be made online by the doctor you have chosen, with your agreement. In practice, during a consultation at his office and on presentation of your vital card, the doctor directly transmits the declaration to your primary health insurance fund.