Students studying in France are required to have health insurance that covers them in France. French Sécurité Sociale is available to any students studying in France but is mandatory only for students who plan on working or doing an internship during
their time in France.
Mobility students with TNA-AETNA are required to maintain enrollment in their healthcare plan. We recommend that students with private insurance maintain enrollment in their healthcare plans while abroad, even if they do not have any pre-existing medical
conditions. Students who must return home early because of a major illness or injury abroad would want to have access to healthcare coverage in their home country.
Important: It is the responsibility of students who have waived their TNA-AETNA insurance to ensure that their private health insurance will cover them abroad. If it does not, they must purchase additional insurance that will.
Additionally, mobility and visiting students have the right to enroll in the French Sécurité Sociale. While all students who possess a student visa can enroll in the French Sécurité Sociale, it is not recommended unless they plan to work or do an internship,
because it may take months to be processed and receive a temporary social security number.
European Union students are not required to register with the Sécurité Sociale if they have obtained a European Health Insurance card (EHIC) in their home country before arriving in France, but it is still strongly recommended that they enroll in the
Sécurité Sociale (it is also free to enroll).
French Sécurité Sociale covers approximately 60 to 70 percent of healthcare-related costs. Students may also choose to enroll in a secondary insurance plan (called a Mutuelle) to help cover the remaining costs. More information about these plans will
be provided during orientation in Paris. Alternatively, students may choose to submit any unreimbursed costs to their private insurance plans in their home country.
We encourage all students who need to visit a doctor during their stay to speak to the Student Success staff. Local staff members are always able to recommend English-speaking physicians or can accompany students to the doctor in locations where English-speaking
doctors are not available. Additional information about how to access healthcare in France will be provided during orientation.