Prepare for your arrival in France

Welcome to Université Paris-Saclay! Our web pages and app are intended to help you prepare for your arrival in France and help you settle down in the best conditions.

Two tools to help you

Before your arrival

With our app, get personalized information and a step-by-step calendar detailing all the necessary steps you must undertake before and upon your arrival in France.


When you arrive

Through the GATE Welcome Desk for International Talents (Guichet d’Accueil des Talents Étrangers) you can carry out, in a single location, all the necessary administrative procedures for your move and stay in France.

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International mentoring program - Buddy Program

The Buddy Program is a free international mentoring program for international students who have recently arrived in France for their studies. Thanks to the program, each international student is matched with a local student (buddy), who can support him / her in his / her administrative procedures, show him / her around,  share local tips for students and make him / her discover the French way of living.

More information

For additional information, you can also refer to the e-International Welcome Office web pages or contact the staff of your institution.

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Preparing to move

Before coming to France, make sure that you gather all the necessary information regarding immigration procedures and the documents you should bring with you. In addition, it is important that you understand the cost of living in France.





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Settling in France

To help you settle in the best conditions, here is all the relevant information on validating your visa, requesting a residence and/or work permit, finding an accommodation and choosing the health coverage that best suits your needs.



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Practical matters

Going to a new country is an exciting and possibly a slightly daunting experience. Here you will find a range of information regarding practical matters, including the critical first steps that you will have to take.




Culture and life in France, in Paris and at Université Paris-Saclay

Culture, student organisations, integration, sport, activities, events... Experience life to the full in Paris and at the Paris-Saclay campus - your home away from home. 





Undergraduates, graduates, doctoral students and international researchers, contact the staff of your institution.