Practical Information

Deadline for enrolment in summer: June 27th, 2016.


If you are interested in joining our Summer French Language Programme 2016, please fill in the registration online at the following link: This link will be available from April 25th 2016.

Payments will be made by direct credit to EPF bank account. Payments are due 4 weeks before your arrival.

Please note :

Classes begin on: 

  • Monday July 4th at 9:00 at EPF - 46/60 rue du Lycée-92330 SCEAUX
  • Monday July 18th, Monday August 1st and Tuesday August 16th at 9:00 at ESTP - 28 avenue du Président Wilson - 94230 CACHAN

Residency card : For students who stay at EPF or ESTP (or another school in France) beyond the summer course : non-EU residents must contact the Espace CampusFrance or the French consulat authorities in their country.   

Word to the wise:

  • Make about 15 black and white photos of yourself in an instant photo machine. They will be required for the various administrative papers you will need in France. 
  • The Prefecture may require you to provide a certified French translation. 
  • Non-EU residents will be required to pass a medical examination.


Upon your arrival, buy a transportation pass " Navigo" (monthly ticket) for " all zones (1-5)". For a price of  70€/month, it will allow you to use unlimited public transportation (bus ,metro, RER) between Paris and any place located within the five transport zones.

You may easily reach EPF and ESTP (where courses take place) by public transportation : they are all located on line B of RER.


  • From ESTP: Take the B line of the RER to Robinson, and stop at Sceaux station. (see the map for indications).
  • From Paris: Take the B line of the RER to Robinson and stop at Sceaux station.


  • From EPF: Take the B line of the RER to Paris and stop at Arcueil Cachan station.
  • From Paris: Take the B line of the RER to Robinson or Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse and stop at Arcueil Cachan station.


Housing in a family

We have an agreement with an agency that provides accommodation with Parisian families. We strongly recommend that students should choose this option as it is the best way to improve their conversational skills in French. Please contact us for more information.

Student Hall of Residence

Student Hall of Residence can be found in different locations in Paris (like La Cité Internationale Universitaire) or in Parisian suburbs ( All have direct train connections to EPF and ESTP, as well as to the centre of Paris. Our secretariat is in charge of the booking.

The Cité Internationale Universitaire brings together 37 French and international halls of residence in a 34 hectare park located in the south of Paris (Train and tube station "Cité Universitaire" - RER B). Our administration office is in charge of the booking.

Like a campus, the Cité Internationale Universitaire offers, apart from lodgings, a set of resources, equipment and services for students related to everyday life, to sports and culture, for the use of both international students and French citizens, whether or not they live in the halls of residence. Prices may vary from one house to another.

In Winter, students may be accommodated in a host family. Please contact us for more information:

Single bedroom + breakfast 32€ per night.

In Summer, students will be housed in a different dormitory than in the previous sessions. We have access to 2 different student Halls of Residences.

On ESTP campus

The price is 120 € per week. Our administration office is in charge of the booking.

Here are the details :

ESTP Student residence
41, rue Marcel Bonnet
94230 Cachan

How to reach the Hall of Residence ?

You can reach the halls of residence on the RER B line. From Charles de Gaulle airport: Take the B line of the RER to Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse / Robinson and stop at Arcueil Cachan Station. From Orly airport, take the ORLYVAL (train going directly to Antony), then the RER B line to Aéroport Charles de Gaulle / Mitry-Claye and stop at Arcueil Cachan.

It is a five minute walk from the station to the residence, 10 mn by train to reach EPF and 15 minutes from central Paris.

The rooms

For those who have never stayed in a dormitory in France, it is useful to know that dorm rooms are typically small. This said, you will have a single room with shared toilets and showers. The rooms are furnished and cleaned by campus' staff. Each room has a single bed, a bedside table a wardrobe, a desk, a sink with mirror.


Blankets and pillows are provided. Students have to bring their towels and sheets.


Students may eat at any student restaurant in Paris. For health and security reasons, household appliances (electric oven, small electric or gaz cookers,...) are strictly forbidden in the rooms.

Internet and phone

Each room is equipped with an internet access, and telephone for incoming calls. Payphones are available on campus.

On the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.

The number of rooms at the ESTP student residence is limited. If it is full when you register, we may find other possibilities of accommodation near Cachan or at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (from 440€ to 630€/month). Ask us by email and we will try to help you.

Youth hostel (Auberge de jeunesse)

Youth Hostels are also a possibility for those who have a short budget and prefer to be housed in the centre of Paris. Please contact them directly. Village Hostel


Lunch break: 

It is possible to have lunch in the student restaurant of the Cité Universitaire, in Paris (RER station "Cité Universitaire" 20 minutes from EPF or ESTP). Meals cost around €4. To have access to this restaurant, you need to have a student ID card (which will be provided upon your arrival).Snacks (sandwiches, salads …) may also be bought near EPF and ESTP campuses.

Student ID card:

Please bring two identity-type photographs. Upon your arrival, you will be given a student identity card that will give you access to university restaurants, and enable you to get discounted rates for many activities, such as the cinema, concerts, museums.

Health insurance:

EU residents need to bring a E-111 or E-128 form or European card as proof of insurance coverage. Register at the local Social Security with this form when you arrive in France. Experience shows that the administrative red tape attached to obtaining international reimbursements is rather complicated. Non EU residents must obtain coverage from a private insurance company, either in their own country, or in France.

So, even if you already have coverage, EPF and ESTP strongly recommend that you take out complementary insurance in France.

Be sure that a repatriation clause is included. For short and long term coverage you can contact They are specialized in covering students during their stay in France.

Nevertheless, if you prefer to use your own insurance, do not forget to bring your company's explanation that stipulates what steps should be taken in case there is a problem. For a stay of more than three months, registration to French student health insurance is compulsory. Formalities through your French school/university.

Medical concerns:

Remember that just because you go abroad, your body does not necessarily stop needing medical attention. This is particularly true if you plan on practising sports and / or participating in active leisure activities while you are here. But in any case, regular check-ups are necessary, no matter where you are in the world. France has a good medical system. Even so, it is common sense to complete any urgent medical/dental work at home before you depart for France. Also, bring your medical records with you: this will make it easier for local doctors to diagnose any malfunctions. And bring enough medicine with you to treat any ongoing medical condition for the duration of your stay. If you prefer being treated by doctors who speak your own language, you can obtain list of these practitioners from your embassy/consulate.

Please note that if a doctor's name is on the list, it is not to be construed as a "recommendation by the embassy". It simply means that the person speaks your language and has asked to be included on the list. Please consider informing us about any physical/medical condition you might have that could eventually need attention during classroom hours.

Prior knowledge will help us to be better prepared to assist you in the event that an intervention is needed. (This information will be kept strictly confidential.) For emergency numbers, please consult the annex.

Dress code:

Dress code on the courses is casual.

  • In winter, France can be very cold. The temperature is often around 0° C. Don't forget your jumper and coat!!
  • In summer, you may wear what is comfortable, including T-shirts and shorts.

However, we do suggest that you pack a few dressier items as you might want to go to a nice restaurant. Also, you do well to remember that summer weather in Paris is changeable and unpredictable, sometimes changing several times in the same day. It can range from cold & wet to hot & dry.

The best advice would be to dress in layers, bringing at least one sweater and long pair of pants, a light jacket, and an umbrella, in addition to your usual summer wear. Swimming wear for men: only classic racing briefs are accepted in French public swimming pools.


Students studying in France will need to open a bank account when they arrive. To help you with this procedure we have made an agreement with the BNP Paribas and have obtained good conditions for our students.

Due to this partnership, we may need to transfer some information concerning students (name, date and place of birth) if they wish to open an account. If students would prefer us not to communicate this information, they can refuse. It just needs to be mentioned on the registration form.


The Halls of Residence hall are located on line RER B, close to train stations "Cité Universitaire". So it is very easy to travel on the RER to reach a number of shopping areas. All kinds of shops may thus be easily reached by a short underground ride. From EPF, shopping malls are also easily accessible by bus ("Vélizy 2" - bus 390. From Bourg-la- Reine station, "Belle Epine" - Bus 192 from Bourg-la-Reine station or EPF).

Near EPF are interesting outdoor markets in Sceaux (on Wednesdays and Saturdays) and supermarkets (Simply Market in Sceaux, MONOPRIX and CHAMPION in Bourg-la-Reine). And of course, the famous Parisian department stores like Les Galeries Lafayette, le BHV, and all kinds of small and fashionable shops and supermarkets are at a short distance from ESTP and the residence. 
Eating-out: Paris is full of restaurants of different delicacies and cuisines and also from different price ranges. No doubt you will obviously find your favorite restaurant or bar among them…