Before your arrival at Télécom Paris

This page contains information and resources for international students accepted at Télécom Paris. Administrative procedures and accommodation arrangements are common to all international students.

Pre-arrival information, course preparation and contacts depend on the course you are enrolled in. This page is specifically intended for students admitted to the MSc in Engineering program, and refers to separate pages for the Masters’, Post-Masters’ and PhDs.

Your contacts

Engineering students

In May and June, webinars with the International Relations and Languages & Cultures departments are offered to help you prepare for your stay in France. The student association will also contact you to inform you about the welcome weekend (WEI) it organizes before start of term.

Here you’ll find your main contacts before you arrive in France:


International Relations Department

Claude Allafort, Incoming Students Coordinator

BDE (Students’ Union)

BDE contact details and BDE website

BDI (International Union)

BDI contact details

BDS (Sports’ Union)

BDS contact details

Master students

Post-masters degree students

Post-masters contact details

PhD students

Your studies at Télécom Paris as an international student

MSc in Engineering

Joining first-year (1A) engineering

Joining second-year engineering


Students on non-degree exchanges

Erasmus or stays of 12 months or less.

Your administrative procedures

The International Relations Department organises a webinar in June about the administrative procedures to follow when moving to France for engineering students. Télécom Paris has signed a partnership agreement with LivinFrance plateform to assist you with all these procedures.

For further information, feel free to watch the Campus France tutorials about France’s social security and health insurance system (CPAM), the CVEC, the Visale guarantor system, opening a bank account, and residence permit (for non-European students).

Télécom Paris has a partnership with the Science Accueil association, which has 25 years of experience in accompanying scientists who come to study or work in the Ile-de-France region. On the association’s website, you can find useful information to prepare for your arrival in France. The association can also help you in your search for housing.

Note that the Student Union (BDE) has partnerships with certain banks, offering you multiple advantages. Contact them for more information.

Certain health insurance providers also offer discounts to students: more information at the International Relations Department. [/encadre]

Preparing your skills in French as a Foreign Language (FLE)

If your course is partly or entirely in French, a B2* level is strongly advised for comprehension, written expression and listening/speaking. You must have a minimum B1* level to start classes in September. Note that you must hold the B2 or C1* level at the end of your course to receive a degree from Télécom Paris.

*As determined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

An intensive French as a Foreign Language course is organised for engineering students during summer with our partner Le Cavilam – Alliance Française. This 4- or 6-week course is very highly recommended.

Language tests and exams accepted by Télécom Paris

  • French: DELF/DALF
  • English: Cambridge First/Advanced ou Proficiency, IELTS, TOEFL iBT or ITP, TOEIC