International

Student Services

This page provides basic information about our services, which are available to all incoming international students, whether you are on exchange or degree-seeking. You will also receive information and guidance throughout the application and enrollment process. Please contact us if you still have questions.

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Coming to live and study in a foreign country can be a confusing and complicated process, so JUNIA’s International Relations Office provides many helpful services for our incoming international students. We are available to assist you with administrative procedures before you arrive, during your stay and even after your graduation.

An international team ready to answer all your questions and help you before and during your stay. You can come to our office at the opening hours or contact us at our personal email addresses or at [email protected]

 

Coordinators
Northern America – Oceania – Western Africa Priscilla JAROSZ [email protected] +33 (0)3 28 38 48 58
Europe Caroline MERLIER [email protected] +33 (0)3 28 38 48 58
Southern America – Northern Africa Mégane MARTINS [email protected] +33 (0)3 59 56 69 03
Asia – Middle East – Austral Africa Sophie SARR [email protected] +33 (0)3 61 76 23 97
International Student Guide

We have gathered information in this Welcome Guide which will hep you prepare your arrival and facilitate your first steps with JUNIA.

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Visa

Procedures

Non-European students are required to have a student visa. Once admitted, JUNIA will assist you as much as possible in obtaining your student visa, however we have no control over the visa application process. This process will be managed by the French diplomatic office nearest you and varies for each country. Find and contact your Campus France office to learn more about the process.

Once you have arrived in France, there are administrative procedures for validating your visa, allowing you to stay in France and travel in the Schengen Area. We provide assistance for these procedures, which are done with the regional administrative office, the Prefecture. Learn more about this process on the Prefecture website.

Housing options
City of Lille

Living in Lille

Living in Lille requires a certain budget. It takes time to find housing at a reasonable price, so JUNIA advises students to start your search as soon as possible. It is very difficult to find housing upon arrival in Lille. We strongly advise you to find a room before arriving.

In almost all cases, you will need to provide a guarantor, an individual or an organisation that will guarantee rent payment. You can use the rental guarantees VISALE or Garantme. The guarantee VISALE is free but you need to match some criteria to be eligible (to be between 18 and 30 years old). You can check if you are eligible here. Most landlords don’t accept foreign guarantors, except for ALL residences.

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Beware of scams !

Never pay any rents in advance before leaving your country.

Here are a couple of items you should watch out for :

• A landlord that wants to speed up to the process because of a lack of time.

• A landlord that is away from the city and is located abroad.

• A Mandat Cash payment requested

 

ALL Student Residences

We recommend that students book a room in a Lille Catholic University Residence Hall. These residences are managed by an organisation named ALL and are the most convenient way for our students to find housing in Lille. ALL residences accept foreign guarantors.

Students are responsible for reserving a room, but once your online booking is done, please send us an email so that we can liaise with ALL directly on your behalf.The process to apply for housing with ALL can be long, so be sure to apply as soon as possible.

Housing services
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Health care
On campus, there is a University Health Center (CPSU) which provides to all students health care needed: general doctors, gynecologist, and psychologist. JUNIA’s International Office can also provide a list of English-speaking doctors in Lille.
Dining options

Students may use the student lounge, equipped with microwaves, as a dining area during their lunch breaks. Most of the All residences have a shared kitchen, so you are free to prepare your own meals.

In addition, the Lille Catholic University cafeteria is located at the heart of JUNIA’s main campus and is open for lunch and dinner on weekdays. Other smaller dining services are available for lunch. You can eat at the university dining halls using your ALL student services card, Crous tickets, or cash. €3.30/meal

There are also many sandwich shops and restaurants in the neighbourhood accommodating diverse tastes and dietary restrictions.

Insurance

It is optional but recommended to get a complementary insurance to obtain better reimbursements. This insurance is called a mutuelle and is different from the affiliation to the Sécurité Sociale. Most students from Lille Catholic University get this coverage with SMENO, the regional student health insurance provider. The costs vary depending on the insurance option chosen (from 12 € /month).

If you are over 28 years old: You will have to follow a different procedure, which we will help you complete upon your arrival. In the meantime, we suggest you buy private health insurance to cover potential medical expenses during the first few months of your arrival.

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Personal Liability Insurance

According to French law, students will be required to purchase personal liability insurance, usually included in the also mandatory housing insurance. JUNIA also highly encourages our students to purchase additional comprehensive insurance covering loss of personal documents and repatriation. Such an insurance policy can be purchased in your home country or once you arrive in France.

Workplace and School Insurance

Students are automatically enrolled in insurance covering them during all activities in the framework of their studies at JUNIA: classes, labwork, field trips, study tours, internships, etc. Students do not have to pay for this insurance, but must provide a copy of their birth certificate to be enrolled. You will receive more information upon arrival in Lille.

Career Center

An impressive 95% of JUNIA alumni find a job within 6 months of graduation, and many before they even finish their studies. Junia’s updated career center empowers all our students to take charge of their career goals by helping them develop a professional project, connecting them with industry leaders, and equipping them with the tools and knowledge to be competitive in the global workforce.

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Useful resources
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Factsheet Insurance Download the document
Facsheet Housing Download the document

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