Study abroad at Telecom SudParis

Thank you for your interest in Telecom SudParis. If you are here today, on this page, it means that Telecom SudParis has sparked your interest. It would be our greatest pleasure to welcome you!

We are very aware of the challenges and hurdles involved with studying abroad, not only the paperwork but also adapting to a new and unfamiliar working environment far away from home. To facilitate this transition and your journey to France, you will find below information concerning various administrative procedures.


How to apply at Telecom SudParis?
Language Proficiency
Academic Calendar
Credit and Grading System
Prepare Your Budget
Pre-Arrival and Registration
Travel Info
Orientation: Welcome Week
Healthcare and Insurance
Welcome to Paris and Ile de France
Useful Information

How to apply to Telecom SudParis

Telecom SudParis offers a variety of programs in the fields of digital sciences and technology. Our programs are available in French and/or English. All of our programs are open to international students. Note that the application process and requirements may vary from program to program. Additionally, students petitioning for admission based on partnership agreements through their home institution have a specific admission process.

Partner Students – Admission Procedure

Students coming to Telecom SudParis under an exchange and/or dual degree agreement with a partner university must comply with the following application procedure:


Step 1: Nomination by the Home institution

Partner institutions are responsible for completing and submitting a nomination form for each student they wish to nominate to take part in the partnership program.


Step 2: Application

Once nominated by their home institution, the nominee(s) will receive an email notification inviting them to submit their online application. The notification will contain the application portal link. Note that only fully completed applications will be reviewed for admission. A complete application package is composed of the following documents:

  • Online application form
  • One-page letter of motivation/statement of purpose (either in French or English)
  • Curriculum Vitae (either in French or English)
  • Copy of valid passport or National ID
  • A study plan of the courses intended to be taken at Telecom SudParis (exchange only)
  • A recent passport-style picture
  • Transcript of records (Bachelor grades for M1 program; Bachelor & Master 1 grades for M2 program) (either in French or English)
  • Language proficiency certificate based on the type of courses or program  (can be issued by home institution)
  • Recommendation letter(s) (optional)


Step 3: Admission review & results

Once the application has been received, it will be reviewed by our admission committee. If needed, candidates may be scheduled for an interview. Admission results will be communicated by email usually within six weeks after the application deadline.

Fall/Full year Spring
Nomination Deadline

Application Deadline

May 15 October 15

Non-Partner Students – Admission Procedure

 Students coming to TSP outside of an existing partnership agreement are considered non-partner students or Freemovers. Non-partner students must comply with the following application procedure:


Step 1: Visit the program page you are interested in
Make sure to visit our Programs section to learn more the program you are interested in applying to make sure this is the right fit for you and to learn more about the admission requirements.


Step 2: Admission
Now that you are ready and well-informed, you will need to apply for admission online. Visit our admission page to find out how to apply for the program you want.

Note that only fully completed applications will be reviewed for admission.


Step 3: Admission review & results
Once the application has been received, it will be reviewed by our admission committee. If needed, candidates may be scheduled for an interview. Admission results will be communicated by email usually within six weeks after the application deadline.


Language Proficiency

Some of our programs are available in French or/and in English, to ensure social and academic integration and success at Telecom SudParis, a minimum language proficiency is required. In addition, French Language classes are provided throughout the academic year.

French Language Proficiency:

For programs requiring French language proficiency, the minimum level is required for admission:

  • DELF : level B2
  • DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) is a diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education. Exams can be taken in more than 1200 centres located in 175 countries.

For partner students, an official language proficiency certificate from the home institution is accepted.

⇒ Looking for tips on how to learning French, explore the Campus France resource page.


English language proficiency:

For programs requiring English language proficiency, the minimum level is required for admission:

CEFRL : B2 level

For partner students, an official language proficiency certificate from the home institution is accepted.

One of the following test scores is required for admission:

TOEIC 750 / 790
TOEFL IBT 72 / 120
Cambridge FCE
PTE Pearson 56 / 90
Itep 3.9 / 6


Exempted Countries from English Proficiency Test score requirement:

Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Monserrat, Namibia, Micronesia, Nigeria, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St. Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Students who have completed a higher education degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD) taught in English from an accredited institution may be exempt from the English proficiency test score requirement.


Academic Calendar

The academic year at Telecom SudParis is divided into 2 semesters:
Fall semester: September to February
Spring semester: February to June

Examination periods: one week in January and one week in June

→ Check our Academic Calendar for more information.


Credit and Grading System

Study programs undertaken in European schools or universities are validated by obtaining ECTS credits.
ECTS are European credits used by all the partner establishments within the framework of our Erasmus+ agreements.

A number of ECTS credits are allocated to each course depending on the workload required to validate it (all learning activities: seminars, individual work and exams). Students can therefore evaluate the workload and hours of study required to successfully complete a course.

  • 60 credits = one academic year
  • 30 credits = one semester

ECTS accredited courses are no different from standard courses. They are an integral part of the initial training delivered by the host establishment and are also taken by local students. The host establishment is responsible for allocating ECTS credits to its various courses. Credits can also be allocated to projects and theses, for example, as long as they are part of the initial study programme.

In order to obtain the credits, a student must have taken the whole course and passed the exams. Once this has been done, the ECTS credits awarded are valid in all European higher education institutions.

Find out more about ECTS credits

Prepare your budget

Studying in a foreign country implies additional expenses. To prepare you, we have compiled an estimated living in France:

→ “Foreign Student Cost of Living in France”.

Please note that this information is just an estimate and cost is subject to change.

During your stay in France, you will also be able to petition for housing assistance (CAF) directly to the French government. Kindly note that Telecom SudParis does not provide scholarships for incoming students. However, you may be able to find scholarship opportunities by exploring the following options:


European Students

  • A valid ID or passport is necessary to enter in France.
  • Make sure that the period of validity of your ID or passport covers your whole stay in France.

This applies to EU27 + Swiss + Norway + Iceland + Liechtenstein

Non-European Students

Visa Processing

The Long Stay Visa, valid as Residence Permit for Students (Visa Long Séjour valant Titre de Séjour, mention Etudiant – “VLS-TS Etudiant”), is mandatory to study in France for a period over 4 months.

If you are not sure whether or not you need a visa, check here.

First, check if you are subject to the “Etudes en France” procedure. The list of the countries whose citizens are subject to the “Etudes en France” procedure is available here

If you are not subject to the “Etudes en France” procedure, please contact the French Consulate in your country. The list of French Embassies and consulates around the world is available here.


Step 2:
If you are subject to the “Etudes en France” procedure, you must create an online file on the “Etudes en France” website.  This file is considered by the French Authorities as your application to study in France, even though you have previously applied or been accepted by Telecom SudParis. It is important to include your acceptance letter from Telecom SudParis in your file.

The French Authorities will first review your application from an academic perspective, more especially to evaluate the coherency between your educational and/or professional background and the studies you intend to follow at Telecom SudParis.

If the academic assessment is positive, your visa application will automatically be forwarded to the French Consulate in your country.


Step 3:
During your visa process, you will be required to provide financial proof you can pay for your studies and sustain to your needs while in France.

You must have available a minimum of 615€ per month.

Watch the Campus France tutorial HERE for more information.

The following tutorial is dedicated on how to upload documents. Watch HERE.


Within the first 3 months after your arrival in France, you must validate your VLS-TS and pay a visa tax. The process is fully online.

This process allows you maintain legal residence status and gives you the freedom to travel within the Schengen territory.

TIPS – Don’t forget to report any change of address to your local prefecture during your stay.


Evry Campus

If your study program is delivered on our Evry campus, you can stay at “La Maisel”. It is an affordable and convenient housing complex within walking distance of the class.

For more information about “La Maisel” as well as other facilities available on Evry Campus, visit our Student Life section.

International Students are guaranteed a room in the Student Residence « La Maisel », located on campus.

Palaiseau Campus

If your study program is delivered on our Palaiseau campus, you have various housing options.


Finding housing in France can be a little complicated, but don’t worry VISALE makes it easier to rent.

Watch the Campus France tutorial HERE for more information.

Accommodation Certificate

If you are petitioning for a visa, you will be required to provide an accommodation certificate for your visa appointment. You can request this document HERE


Housing Insurance

Comprehensive Accommodation Insurance (“Assurance habitation”) covers expenses from fire, theft, water, etc., as well as damage you might cause at your neighbors’ place.

You will be required to purchase an insurance policy.

Need assistance finding other housing options? Contact our partner Science Accueil. This service is free of chargey

Pre-Arrival and Registration

After completing the immigration procedure and before arriving in France, you will need to take of some important steps to register.


CVEC stands for « Contribution à la Vie Etudiante et de Campus » (Student and Campus Life Contribution). It is a mandatory government fee applicable to all higher education students in France, except exchange students. This fee aims at improving and boosting campus life.

All international students who will be awarded a degree from Telecom SudParis are required to pay this fee to finalize registration. This fee is due each academic year. Upon payment of this fee, a certificate will be issued to you. You will need to provide this certificate to finalize registration. Exchange students are exempted from this fee.

For more information on CVEC, please visit CVEC official page.

Watch the Campus France video tutorial HERE for more information


Telecom SudParis email acount and IT access

Upon admission at Telecom SudParis, you will receive your login and password for computer access by email. You will also receive a Telecom SudParis email ID that has to be used for any future communication with your teachers and the Administration.

Do not forget to update your personal information on the Student Portal by using your login and password.

If you need assistance, please contact Helpdesk



To finalize your registration at Telecom SudParis, you will need to access the following link to provide some information and the following documents:

  • A copy of your valid long-stay student visa or “titre de séjour” (if applicable)
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your CVEC payment certificate
  • Signed copy of the Foreign Student Cost of Living in France
  • A digital passport-style picture for your student ID card (jpeg format)

Link: Register at Telecom SudParis

→ Registration period usually open from June 15 and close September 15.

Note that while on the registration platform, you can save your progress as you go and come back at a later time to finish.



At Telecom SudParis, our students are thrilled to soon welcome you. We actually have a dedicated student organization named Welcom’ to welcome and guide international students during their journey.

If you have questions in regards to your stay, to guide you to come to Telecom SudParis, to liaison with “La Maisel”, please don’t hesitate to contact them

association welcom

Travel Info

Flight and arrival information:

Before making any travel arrangements, make sure you have secured your visa (non-EU students) and that you know the date you have to report to campus. Make sure to arrive a few days before to help you settle and get over jetlag.

All international students must confirm their arrival date and time to the International Relations Office prior to arrival. To ensure a safe arrival, provide us with your flight itinerary.


Arrival form

IMPORTANT: In case of delay with visa processing, students must inform the International Relations Office. Special authorization to start courses later has to be granted by the Dean of Studies. The school reserves the right to refuse authorization.

Tips: Bring warm clothes for winter, which might be colder than in your home country. Also bring an adapter for electronic devices (computer, hair dryer, etc.) 220 volts plug for France.


Getting to Telecom SudParis

Navigo Pass

You can also book a transfer from the airport to Paris.

With a Navigo pass, you may travel on every Metro line, all RER (Regional Express Network) and Transilien train lines, all bus lines (except Orlybus and Roissybus) and all Tram lines in the Paris region. This is a convenient and affordable way to get around.

→ For more information, please visit Ile de France Mobilites.

Other transportation options

You can also book a transfer from the airport to Paris.

→ For directions on how to get to Evry Campus or Palaiseau Campus, visit our How to get to Telecom SudParis.

→ Need additional assistance? Contact our Welcom' association.

Orientation: Welcome Week

Each year, Telecom SudParis hosts an orientation week event for new students.

During this event, new students will get to learn more about our campus, our teaching methods as well as other relevant information in regards to studying at Telecom SudParis.

Kindly make sure to arrive on campus on time for you to attend Welcome Week.

Note that before classes start, an intensive FLE (French Language) program will be organized and complimentary to all international students.

Welcome week start date 2023-24 will start on Evry Campus:

September 4, 2023 at 8:15 am

Healthcare and Insurance

French National Healthcare "Sécurité sociale":

Registration to the French National Healthcare known as « Sécurité Sociale » is free and mandatory. This will allow you to benefit from partial refund on your healthcare expenses, on average 60%. All the registration process is done online once you have obtained your visa. Please visit the Ameli page and Campus France page for more information.

⇒ Watch the Campus France tutorial HERE for more information.


European students (EU27 + Swiss + Norway + Iceland + Liechtenstein):

You are not required to enroll in the French National Healthcare IF you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC must be valid until the end of your stay. During your stay in France, your EHIC will allow you to get your healthcare expenses reimbursed under the same conditions as if you were in your country.  You should obtain your EHIC in your home country prior to your arrival in France.  European students who do not hold an EHIC must apply for the French National Healthcare (Sécurité Sociale) like other international students.

⇒ Watch the tutorial video is available for more information.

Supplemental Health Insurance “Mutuelle”:

To be fully reimbursed for medical expenses, you can purchase a supplemental health insurance policy known as “Mutuelle”. Supplemental health insurance is not mandatory but highly recommended. If you are interested, you can check the websites of our partner service providers: HeyMe and SMENO.

Personal Liability and Repatriation Insurance:

The aim of a Personal Liability Insurance (“Assurance Responsabilité Civile”) is to cover the financial consequences of personal injuries, and material or financial damage you may cause to others (and not to yourself). While this insurance is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended.

Personal Liability Insurance is generally included in a Supplementary Health Insurance policy and in Accommodation Insurance.

Travel Insurance:

When petitioning for a long-stay visa, it is not required to enroll in travel insurance. If you come to France for more than 3 months, you will benefit from the “Sécurité Sociale” for your medical expenses.

However, it is highly recommended to enroll in travel insurance in the following situations:

  • You will arrive in France before your registration in higher education is official and definitive. In that case, you will not be covered by the National French Healthcare until you have not obtained the student status.
  • You are unable to pay in advance for your medical expenses while your registration with the “Sécurité Sociale” is being processed (usually registration can take a minimum of 3 months).
  • You need repatriation insurance to your home country (highly recommended). Repatriation fees after an accident or an illness can be very expensive.

Welcome to Paris and Ile de France

One of the great advantages to living in Paris and Ile de France is that you will always finds something to do. The cultural life here is rich yet affordable. You can find an array of activities at discounted rates and even sometimes free admission.

Here is a list of useful websites:


Don’t forget to also get involved through our numerous student clubs. No doubt, you will find the right one for you!

While studying abroad is an exciting and rewarding adventure, it can present some challenges. Cultural adjustment is one of them. It is normal. It may take you some time to get adjusted to French culture and daily life. Do not hesitate to talk about it and reach out to our Health Center for assistance.

Campus France has put together a great guide with tips and practical information to help you with your future life in Paris and Ile de France.


Science Accueil

Science Accueil is an organization that, for the past 25 years, has been a specialist in hosting national and international scientists, students, and their families in the Ile-de-France Region.

Science Accueil supports research organizations, universities, higher education establishments, research centers, R&D centers, and start-ups. They can guide you through the immigration process, finding off-campus accommodations, petitioning for housing assistance, enrollment into French Healthcare System, and more.

To request assistance, you can email Science Accueil at or directly submit a request for assistance.

Useful Information

Bank account

You can open a French bank account upon arrival. During Welcome Week, banking partner, will be there to assist you on the spot for your convenience.

Documents required: passport + accommodation certificate/proof

Tips: be careful when travelling, try not to carry too much cash with you. Be extra vigilant with your belongings while using public transportation.

→ Watch the Campus France tutorial HERE for more information.


With a French permanent address, you can order a local phone number online and get your sim card by post.

Documents required: passport + accommodation certificate/proof + bank details (RIB)

Student Job

If your visa allows you, it is possible to have a student job while studying in France. Be aware that the amount of hours is limited and set by government guidelines. Keep also in mind that your main purpose for being in France is to study, so make sure that working would not affect negatively your academic success.

Emergency numbers

Emergency: 15 / 112
Fire brigade: 18
Local police: 17
Nurse: 36


If you have questions or need further information, please contact the International Relations Office.