Advice to international students and assistance with procedures

In order to facilitate their integration in Rennes and at the ENSCR, the International Studies and Mobility Service (SEMI) guides international students in their procedures concerning housing, validation of the Long Stay Visa, obtaining the residence permit, social security and insurance. They will be given the Guide de l’étudiant étranger à Rennes.


The CMI,  International Mobility Center

The ENSCR is a member of the CMI, the Center for International Mobility, which provides services to international students, doctoral students and researchers concerned by a mobility in Rennes. Its objective is to strengthen the reception of incoming students on the Rennes site and to contribute to the development of mobility for Rennes students.

The missions of the CMI are the following:

– Reception of foreign students (residence permit, social security, taxes, CAF, bank etc.)

– Reception of foreign doctoral students

– Reception of foreign researchers

– Development of international mobility for Rennes students

– Communication / Events

More information on the CMI

Download the guide for foreign students.

Download the guide for doctoral students and international researchers.



For new arrivals in France, it is possible to go to the website of the Crous, the organization that manages student residences to find university housing. International students can apply to the Crous during the month of June. More information on university residences.

The ENSCR has set up a partnership with the CROUS, the organization that manages student residences. This cooperation allows us to offer some foreign students good housing conditions at a moderate price (from 165 to 245 € per month). However, the number of rooms allocated by the CROUS is very limited.

When you arrive, you will have to pay a deposit equivalent to one month’s rent, as well as the first month’s rent directly to the Cité Universitaire and you will have to respect the dates set for the payment of the other rents.

The residence will ask you to provide the following documents upon your arrival

– 2 passport photos

– A certificate of multi-risk home insurance including the obligatory civil liability, taking effect on the day of your arrival


If you live in a university residence or if you rent an apartment, you can apply for financial aid for housing (ALS). This can be obtained by foreign students residing in France for at least 3 months and holding a long-term residence permit.

Please note! In order to receive this aid, you must have a bank or postal account in France. It is strongly advised to withdraw your application for housing assistance as soon as you have an apartment.

How to obtain this aid ?

You can enter your application on the CAF website: (under the heading “Students” and “Housing Assistance”) or pick up your application at the : Caisse d’Allocation Familiale (CAF), 6 cours des Alliés (near the train station), Tel: 08 20 25 35 10.

You must bring with you

For citizens of the European Union and the European Economic Area :

– health insurance coverage

– proof that your income is sufficient to live in France

– an identity document

For other nationalities (outside the European Union or European Economic Area)

– a copy of your visa and passport

Health & Insurance

The CPAM (Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie)

In anticipation of your arrival in France for your studies, you must request your affiliation to the French social security system by registering on the dedicated website of the Assurance Maladie.

The SEMI and the CMI will be there to help you if you encounter any difficulties during this process. Once you have completed the procedures, keep the provisional social security number that was automatically assigned to you by the site and download your provisional Social Security affiliation certificate. Once the registration is validated, you will be able to download the final Social Security affiliation certificate (certificate of entitlement).

If you were unable to register online, call 36 46 (free service + cost of the call). If necessary, a telephonist will answer you in English.


If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss national, you can apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from the social security organization in your country of origin. As long as the card is valid during your stay in France, this organization will continue to cover your reimbursements. In case of illness, you will only have to pay the co-payment, upon presentation of this card or of the provisional certificate of issuance to health professionals and establishments. You do not have to register on the website.

To be reimbursed for certain health care expenses, you must contact the CPAM of your place of residence and submit the form given to you by the health care professional you consulted.

You are strongly advised to subscribe to a complementary mutual insurance that will complete the reimbursement of medical expenses incurred.


When you register, you must send us a certificate of civil liability insurance. This document will allow us to verify that you are covered against all risks in the context of your university activities.

If you are doing an internship during your academic year in France or abroad, you must provide us with a certificate of insurance for civil liability, personal accident and repatriation

For further information, please contact the following address :