European Union Students: You are required to bring your European health insurance card or the health insurance certificate provided by the authorities in your home country.
Non-European Union Students:
All students in France are required by law to register with the national health insurance (Sécurité Sociale), even if you have private insurance. French social security enrollment is free of charge. On your arrival, the ISA International Relations Office will help you to fill in the appropriate forms. The French national health insurance refunds about 70 % of most medical expenses.
It is optional but recommended to get a complementary insurance to obtain better refunds. This insurance is called a mutuelle and is different from the affiliation to the Sécurité Sociale. Most students from Lille Catholic University get coverage with SMENO, the regional student health insurance provider. The costs vary depending on the insurance option chosen (from 12 €/month). Learn more on SMENO’s website.
If you are over 28 years old: You will have to follow a different procedure, which we will help you complete upon your arrival. In the meantime, we suggest you buy a private health insurance to cover potential medical expenses during the first few months of your arrival.
Personal Liability Insurance
According to French law, students will be required to purchase personal liability insurance. ISA Lille also highly encourages our students to purchase additional insurance covering loss of personal documents and repatriation. Such an insurance policy can be purchased in your home country or once you arrive in France.
Workplace and School Insurance
ISA Lille students are automatically enrolled in insurance covering them during all activities in the framework of their studies at ISA Lille: classes, lab work, field trips, study tours, internships, etc. Students do not have to pay for this insurance, but must provide a copy of their birth certificate to be enrolled. You will receive more information upon arrival in Lille.