ECAM Lyon welcomes international students on its campus for a short program, a semester, a year, or for all of their studies. To help make sure your arrival goes smoothly, please look through the following information as it might help you in your final preparations. If you still have any questions feel free to consult the Lyon Campus website as they may have more information about general student life in Lyon.
We strongly encourage you to complete all immigration formalities as soon as you can to avoid any problems. ECAM Lyon will provide all official documents regarding your enrollment and advice to help you with the administrative procedures.
French immigration law varies based on your nationality. Please check the official French visa wizard.
If you need a visa and reside in one of the following 41 countries need to follow the Campus France “Studying in France” Procedure:
Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, the Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, South Korea, Kuwait, Ivory Coast, Egypt, United States, Gabon, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Peru, RDC, Russia, Senegal, Singapore,Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey and Vietnam.
If you need a visa and reside in a country that does not have the Campus France “Studying in France” Procedure need to check the French consulate for their procedure. The visa wizard can provide assistance on these procedures.
Lyon is a major city, giving you a wide variety of choices in how to arrive in France. Here are some resources to help you in your decision of transport.
Lyon’s main airport is Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS). From here, you have non-stop flights with major airlines throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle-East, and even North America. The airport is about 30km outside of the city center.
More information about the airport can be found on their website.
Lyon has two main train stations, Lyon Part-Dieu and Lyon Perrache, and other smaller commuter train stations. From Part-Dieu you can find direct high-speed trains to Barcelona, Paris, Luxembourg, Geneva, London, Brussels, Frankfurt, along with many domestic and international destinations.
Train timetables and reservations for Lyon-Part-Dieu and Lyon Perrache can be made on the SNCF website.
Lyon is served by many highways and is connected to trans-European routes. For those who
wish to arrive by bus, Lyon is served by Eurolines, Ouibus, FlixBus, and other European
ECAM Lyon offers international students the chance to have a staff-member or a student to pick them up from the airport or train station depending on their mode of transport. To take advantage of this service, please contact us as soon as you finalize your travel plans.
If you arrive before the residence hall opens, or arrive with family, the Lyon Tourism Office can help you find a hotel within your budget. You can find more information about lodging on their website.
France has a strong reputation for having one of the best healthcare systems in the world. However, healthcare can be expensive and to make sure our students have access during their stay, all students must have proof of insurance. This proof of insurance varies depending on your nationality or residency.
Another particularity of the French healthcare system is the difference between compulsory health insurance and optional complementary health insurance. One of the complementary health insurance providers for students has created a guide to help international students understand the healthcare system.
Students’ health insurance requirements depend on whether they are:
European resident or national
Students from the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland need to have the European Health Insurance Card during their studies at ECAM Lyon. You must have the card when you arrive to enroll.
The European Health Insurance Card only gives you access to the French Social Security, which does not fully reimburse medical expenses. It is for that reason that we strongly recommend that students obtain a complementary health insurance plan from SMERRA or LMDE (coverage for students) and choose the broadest plan within their budget.
Quebec resident or national
Students from Quebec do not need to pay into the French Social Security if they have a valid SE 401-Q-106 or SE 401-Q-102 Bis form. These forms need to be ready upon your arrival to enroll.
These forms only give you access to the French Social Security, which does not fully reimburse medical expenses. It is for that reason that we strongly recommend that students obtain a complementary health insurance plan from SMERRA or LMDE and choose the highest plan within their budget.
All other nationalities over 20 years old must pay into the French Social Security to enroll in their studies. Students under 20 are covered by French Social Security at no cost. French Social Security does not fully reimburse medical expenses. It is for that reason that we strongly recommend that students obtain a complementary health insurance plan from SMERRA or LMDE and choose the highest plan within their budget.
Students must have proof of insurance that covers them until they are enrolled. Please provide this proof as soon as you purchase it.
All students must also have civil liability insurance, which is provided by the complementary health insurance program for free or at low cost. Those not living on campus must also purchase renters’ insurance for their lodging, which is provided at a special rate to students.
ECAM Lyon will help students from partner universities find housing on campus or in Lyon. We highly recommend that students and especially international students live on campus as it allows students to make the most of their ECAM Lyon experience.
Students wishing to find off-campus housing can check the Lyon Campus housing page for a guide to the housing market in Lyon. It is sometimes difficult to find housing in Lyon so we encourage students to start their research well in advance.