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Student health

All you need to know.

When you become a student, except for some particular cases, you are not any more covered by the social security system of your parents and you thus have to join a specific student social security scheme and choose a private health insurance policy.

  • You are under 28 years old on October 1st and you come from a non-EEA country:
    • You must register with the student social security scheme. You will be entitled to Social security and may have to pay a registration fee.
  • You are under 28 years old on October 1st and you come from a EEA member state or Switzerland:
    • You are not required to register with the student social security scheme provided you hold a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which has been issued in your country of origin and is valid for the whole academic year.
    • You have to register with the Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie (CPAM) closest to your place of residence and present your EHIC.
    • If you have healthcare expenses, you will be refunded according to the French social security reimbursement rates.
  • You are over 28 years old on 1st October whatever your country of origin:
    • If you do not qualify for any exemptions, you are not eligible to student social security due to your age.
  • If you are over 28 years old and if you come to study in France for more than 3 months, you have to register with the general social security scheme at the Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie (CPAM) closest to your place of residence.
    • If you have healthcare expenses, you will be refunded according to the French social security reimbursement rates.
  • You come from Quebec and hold France-Quebec agreement certificates
    • You are not required to register with the student social security scheme as you benefit from reciprocal agreements between French social security and the Régie Assurance Maladie du Québec (RAMQ).
    • You have to register with the Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie (CPAM) closest to your place of residence and present your RAMQ certificates.
    • If you have healthcare expenses, you will be refunded according to the French social security reimbursement rates.
  • You are coming to study in France for less than 3 months
    • You are not eligible to social security in France, considering the short length of your stay.

The choice between two student insurance companies

At the time of your administrative registration in an institution of higher education (university, IUT (University Institute of Technology), BTS (two-year technical degree), preparatory course (class for joining Grandes Écoles)), you necessarily have to join with a student insurance company.

Note: although we currently speak of "student insurance company" (“Mutuelle étudiante”), these companies manage the complementary part (like a traditional health insurance company) but also the students’ social security (the compulsory part).

For that purpose, you will just have to choose between one of the following student insurance companies. They both have health top-up plans to ensure optimal reimbursement of healthcare expenses.

Either “La Mutelle des Étudiants” (L.M.D.E.)

  • Université du Sud - Toulon - Var – Bât A - Avenue de l’Université - 83130 LA GARDE - Monday through Thursday: 9h to 12h30 and 13h30 to 17h - Friday: 9h to 12h30 - Phone: +33 9 69 36 96 01 (toll free number).
  • www.lmde.com/

Or “la Mutuelle des Étudiants de Provence” (M.E.P.)

  • Université du Sud - Toulon - Var  - Bât. A - 192, avenue de l'Université - 83130 LA GARDE - Open Monday through Friday from 10:30 to 16:30 - Phone: +33 4 26 31 79 29 (toll free number).
  • www.mep.fr/

Facilitating the procedures

If it is your first registration in the higher education, do not forget any "key documents":

  • Your high school student registration card which features your Student Social Security number or a birth certificate
  • A photocopy of your parents’ Vital certificate on which you are mentioned (if you are under 20 years old) a birth certificate if you were born abroad a RIB (bank details) in your name for your refunds
  • If you are already affiliated to a centre of student Social Security, it will be necessary to supply:
  • Your personal Vital certificate or a photocopy of your national insurance card