What you should prepare

What you should prepare

Visa and passport information

To enter France, you must have a valid international passport (The passport expiration date must be greater than six months from the date of entry for the type of visa you are applying for) or a travel document which satisfactorily establishes your identity and nationality.

Make sure that you record your name on all your documents in the exact same way as on your passport.

Nationals from the member states of the European Union and the European Economic Aera may travel to and from France without a visa. By contrast, travelers of other nationalities must have a visa to enter France.

International students coming from abroad are required to have valid visas to enter France. Most of the international students enrolling in the Summer Session will obtain a Visa C Courte durée MULTI.

You must have a visa that allows you to leave the national territory, as you must obtain the necessary exit authorization for the field trip to Brussels in mid-July.

After receiving your documentation, you will need to set an appointment for a visa interview at a French consulate or Embassy in your home country.

Please contact the French Embassy in your area to confirm what kind of visa is needed to enter France, and to inquire about visa processes.

French embassy : http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr


Subscribe Health and Travel Insurance

All students are required to carry health insurance during the entire duration of the program. When living abroad, you never know when you will need to see a doctor or when an emergency might happen. Students must buy their own insurance prior to arrival.

In order to participate in the Summer School, students are required to have valid individual or university insurance covering them for medical expenses + travel and repatriation.

It is highly recommended to check with your insurance whether they will also cover your personal liability for your stay in France.

In addition, all students from EU/EEA countries must bring a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), obtainable in their own home countries. Expenses related to dental care and illnesses contracted before arrival in France are not covered.

It is the student's own responsibility to make insurance arrangements for any accident, illness, injury, loss or damage to persons or property resulting from, or in any way connected with the study period in France.


To Move around the metropolis

With Transpole, the metropolis has a diversified and complete urban grid system. To move around the metropolis has never been that simple, fast and straightforward. 

2 automatic subway lines, 2 tramway lines and more than 68 bus lines are connecting every part of the metropolis. There are even 7 night bus lines for the ones who like to discover the metropolis when it’s dark !

Buses, trams and subways circulate every day of the week (except on May 1st) from 5:30 to midnight.

New step on the modern path, paper tickets have gradually let to electronic cards that will make your trips around the metropolis a lot easier. There are different formulas :

• the full fee one-trip ticket, valid for one uninterrupted journey on the network: €1.60
• the 10-ticket booklet: €14
• ZAP ticket, tram or subway, for journeys 3 interstations long or less: €1
• the Day Pass: €4.80 and 7-Day Pass : €16,50
Tickets can be bought from the ticket machine. 

More information on the other ticket types (family pass, group ticket, congress pass…) at Transpole.

Transpole :
You can find the Transpole main office in the hall of the Lille Flandres station.
Phone: 03 20 40 40 40 (from Monday to Friday, 6.30AM-8PM, on Saturdays, 9AM-8PM)


In France, your student ID card entitles you too many discounts on a range of items from transportation to museums, movies, and to sporting events.

Although spending habits fluctuate widely, it is safe to estimate a minimum budget of €650 per month in order to have a reasonable standard of living. In the first month, it is recommended to budget three times that amount since the cost of moving, paying your security deposit, and buying little items that you may have left behind can add up quickly.

In order to help you estimate the cost of living (per a month), here are a few examples:

  • €3,50 a fresh beverage in a bar
  • €60 Round trip train ticket Paris-Lyon with a 12-25 train pass
  • €3,50 Sandwich at a take-away place
  • €12 Meal at a pizzeria
  • €9,50 Movie ticket

You need more information? summerschool@sciencespo-lille.eu