International Students

First of all, welcome to ESPCI Paris, we are delighted to count you among our students ! In this section, we will try to answer as many of your questions as possible. To contact them you can use the form available here.

 Before arriving to ESPCI Paris – PSL

The International Relations Office, will be your main contact throughout your arrival process. We will be taking care of :
o Admission, housing and scholarship letters
o Reservation of housing and accommodation
o “Some” of your scholarships’ applications see scholarships tab

Please read carefully the International Students page


It is highly recommended to start your visa application as soon as possible. You will find the application form on the France Visas website.
To obtain the necessary documents for your application, please contact us here.


PSL assists foreign students in renewing their residence permit and other information you can contact the Welcome Desk Service.

Mobile & WhatsApp : +33 7 50 15 92 93

For double degree students in the engineering cycle, the student services will contact you to allocate your accommodation. For other international students, you can apply for housing here

Thanks to an agreement with the CROUS, ESPCI Paris has 12 apartments of 20 m², for one person, located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. These accommodations are only accessible to international students. The rental contract is for 1 year, renewable for a period of 1 year until the end of the engineering cycle, subject to international relations agreement.

Address : 45 Boulevard Diderot, 75012 Paris
Monthly rent : € 478 (for the 2018-2019 school year)
Security deposit : € 300
Required documents :

• Copy of passport
• 2 Bank Identifiers (A4 format) in a French bank
• A certificate of civil liability and multi-risk home insurance - in A4 format ; any type of insurance, for example on the internet, such as "ADH equity" or any other insurance, it is compulsory in order to integrate housing
• Payment by bank card for the month of September + the period from the start of the lease (approximately € 500) as well as the security deposit (€ 300)

IMPORTANT : payment is only made by bank card usable in France (ESPCI is not authorized to advance the sum). Check that the card is compatible. Without payment on the spot, nor insurance, it will not be possible to get the housing.


After your pre-registration you will receive an INE number by email. This number will follow you throughout your schooling in France. Please keep it carefully

 HEALTH INSURANCE (social security) 

To obtain free health insurabce in France, you must connect to and follow the instructions.
Please bring your birth certificate with you. It will be useful for different organizations

Please note that there are two types of health coverage, social security on the one hand, which is free and compulsory, and « MUTUELLE » insurance, on the other hand, which is non-compulsory complementary health insurance but which allows you to cover certain costs that are not reimbursed by social security.


You are required to get information from banking establishments in France to open a bank account. You are strongly advised to do so as soon as you arrive in France. For more information, you can contact the PSL Welcome Desk

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