Paperwork
As a foreign student, you will have to fill in a lot of paperwork. This is the case in any country of which one is not a citizen. However, bureaucracy in France is particularly procedural. The downside is that you will spend a lot of time filling in forms and waiting in queues. The upside is that everybody else has to do it too and nobody gets a short cut.

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If there is one thing you would do best to bring with you, it is a certified translation of your birth certificate (or a certified copy, if it is in French). This is something you will be asked to produce often and since this is unusual in most countries, you might find it will take some time to get one delivered in yours. Prepare in advance.

Accomodation
When you have decided that the SWSB is the best place for you, contact our International Relations department as quickly as possible. You will be given the name of the contact person for accommodation as soon as you receive word that you have been admitted.

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You will be given information about state-funded accommodation such as student residences and, should you ask, a list of private accommodations. Most students prefer to rent from private owners. It is very important to look up the address of the accommodation for rent on the Internet (try Google maps, for instance) since not all of the flats and studios are in walking distance from the school. The earlier you start looking for a place to stay, the greater your choice will be. We can put you in contact with current students in your programme if you would like advice from them or to find out about renting their place once they leave.

Health insurance
France arguably has the best health care system in the world. If you are a student and are under 28 years of age, you will get full coverage for a nominal fee. Since you will only be in France for a limited period of time, you will have to pay for medical visits, certain procedures and all medicine up front and then fill in a form (yes) to be reimbursed. A visit to the doctor will cost you €23. Pricing of medication is state-regulated and medication costs the same in all pharmacies. Generic medicine is readily available.

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As a student, you will also qualify for state aid for accommodation, unless you have a large income. The Caisse d'Allocation Familiales is the body you will have to apply to for this aid.
During induction week we will help you to fill in the forms necessary for registration with French Social Security and for state aid for accommodation.
For further information, please visit Burgundy School of Business' website by clicking here.