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The French Healthcare system

Health Insurance is compulsory in France. This gives access to medical care, hospitalization and doctors. Insurance coverage is divided into two parts:

1) Basic insurance (“Sécurité sociale”) is provided by the government and it covers 70% of your medical expenses depending on the type of medical care received.

2) Complementary insurance (“Mutuelle” or “Assurance complémentaire”) is not compulsory but if you opt for a complementary insurance this will cover the remaining medical expenses. This will also protect you from high or unexpected healthcare expenses. For more information concerning the complementary insurance, inquire directly to the SMEREP, LMDE or private insurance companies.

Basic Insurance (depending on the duration of your stay, country and age)


You stay three months or less

It is not necessary to register with the student healthcare system in France. In this case, you should provide a document justifying your stay period (plane ticket, visa…).

You stay more than three months and are from an EEA country3 or Switzerland

You must have a European Health Insurance Card issued in your country of origin. Check on:

You will have to provide UCP with a copy of this card (or your private health insurance with unlimited health cover fees) at the beginning of the academic year.

You stay more than three months, are from another country…

Depending of your age, you will have to register with the Students Insurance Companies or the CPAM. Once the procedure is done, a Social Insurance Number will be allocated to you. You will also receive a certificate (Attestation de Carte Vitale) indicating your insurance rights and a card called “Carte Vitale” to use each time you see a Health practitioner.

 … and are between 16-28 years old

You must register with the student healthcare system in France, either with SMEREP or LMDE (Students' Insurance companies). The conditions are similar for both companies. The price is 211€ (price in 2013) to be paid during your enrolment procedure in the university. You subscribe for an entire academic year (from September to September), even if you only stay a few months.


Université de Cergy Pontoise 
Site universitaire Les Chênes

la Tour, 2nd floor, office 214
33 boulevard du Port
95 011 Cergy Pontoise 
RER A Cergy Préfecture
Opening hours : Tueseday

9h - 12h30 / 13h15 - 16h45



Université de Cergy Pontoise 
Site universitaire Les Chênes

la Tour, 1st floor, office 117

33 boulevard du Port
95 011 Cergy Pontoise 

Opening hours :


9h30 - 3h/14h - 17h30


… and are 28 years old (at the beginning of the academic year) or over

You are not allowed to register with the student healthcare system in France. Therefore you must undertake the procedure for a personal and individual healthcare plan. It is your own responsibility to purchase a private insurance from your home country prior to departure for France. In this case, you just have to provide proof (in French or in English) of your insurance when you arrive. Otherwise, you may register with the French system, by contacting the CPAM

CPAM - CMU de base

Immeuble Ordinal

95000 Cergy
Opening hours :


8h30 - 17h30


Upon your arrival, the IRO Team will help you to complete your application to the Couverture Maladie Universelle or CMU at the CPAM. To register, you will have to provide the following documents:

  • Filled-in “CMU de Base” Form (
  • Copy of student card/ proof of School registration
  • Proof of residence in France (attestation and last receipt of rent payment)
  • Copy of birth certificate translated into French + presentation of the original birth certificate
  • Copy of your passport main info (details, visa and expiry date)
  • Certificates attesting your income from the previous year (2011) in your country of residence (work incomes, scholarships, etc) or a sworn statement that you did not have any income for the year.
  • Income tax notification of the previous year or a sworn statement that you do not have any income tax notification
  • Banking details (IBAN and BIC)
  • Please notice that the Social Insurance is valid for one year. If your studies last more than a year, you will have to renew your demand with the Student’s Insurance or the CPAM.
  • If you work in France during your studies, you will pay taxes and your medical expenses will be covered by another CPAM scheme.
  • For more information or assistance should you encounter some difficulties, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the International Relations Office.