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Sécurité sociale health insurance

Medical coverage is mandatory in France. All students studying there for more than three months must enrol in the Sécurité sociale, sometimes referred to as la Sécu, the national health system, at a cost of €215 in 2014-2015. The exceptions to this are if:

  •  they are EU nationals, they must have their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which they must obtain from their home health insurance system as they will be required to show this on arrival;
  • they have a French government scholarship, such as a Bourse Eiffel or Bourse CROUS; or
  • they are 28 years or older at 1 October of the relevant academic year as they cannot register for student medical coverage and so they must show proof of alternative medical cover.

The system covers students for sickness, hospital and accident costs. It reimburses students for 70% of medical expenses, although dental and optical care are minimally covered, and for approximately 35-65% of medicines.

When enrolling in la Sécu, students will have to choose between different student insurance companies (mutuelles) which will be their reimbursement centre. For example the "Student Mutual Insurance Company", LMDE in French or the "Provence Student Mutual Insurance Company", MEP in French.


University of Melbourne Free Insurance

The University of Melbourne has an insurance policy that is available for students travelling on University approved business, that is, they are receiving credit towards their studies at Melbourne. Further information is available on the Health and travel insurance page.