Settling in Paris

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Students at the American Graduate School in Paris come to France from all over the world. The AGS staff has extensive experience to assist you in completing the necessary steps.


Unless you are a citizen of the European Union, you will need a long-stay student visa prior to entering France. Once you confirm enrollment, we will provide you with the official documents needed to apply for your visa. We recommend starting the procedure at least five weeks before you intend to come to France. The process may vary depending on your country of residence.

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The typical AGS student’s housing experience consists of a small individual studio within Paris, allowing you to live like a real Parisian. You may also consider other options such as a shared residence or a homestay with a French family. In all cases, we recommend securing a temporary solution prior to your arrival and looking for a permanent place once you are in Paris.

Once you are enrolled, we can put you in contact with our accommodation partners who can help you to book your temporary and/or permanent housing.

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Student health insurance

As an AGS student, you will be able to benefit from the French health insurance system (Sécurité Sociale), which is excellent and inexpensive (under 250 Euros per year). If you are under 28, AGS will automatically sign you up. If you are over 28, AGS will guide you on how to register. In either case, you do not need to do anything before arriving in Paris as we provide all of the necessary documents at registration.

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Bank account, cell phones, and other practicalities can be taken care of once you are in Paris. Here are a few useful tips:

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Working in France: student jobs

The type of visa you will have as an AGS student allows you to work part-time (up to 964 hours per year, or roughly 20 hours per week). Many of our students take advantage of this to supplement their finances while in France, involving English tutoring, babysitting or more professionally-relevant internships. We regularly receive advertisements for jobs or internships that we pass along to those interested.

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Enjoying Parisian life

Paris is such a perfect city for international students that AGSers tend to blend naturally into their new Parisian life, and any directions are almost superfluous. However, we have asked our Graduate Student Association to compile a few highlights and tips based on the experience that AGSers have passed on to each other over the years.

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Charlotte Bennborn Sweden
M.A., School of International Relations
Class of 2008

quote leftFor me, a key attraction of AGS was the opportunity to complete two Masters’ degrees in two years in two languages.quote right

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