Preparing Your Arrival

Pre-College Programme
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  • Entrance of the Reims campus (photo: Martin Argyroglo)Entrance of the Reims campus (photo: Martin Argyroglo)

Travel Plans: Arrival and departure

Participants are responsible for organising and reserving their transportation to and from Paris. For students flying to Paris, the Summer School team will meet them upon arrival at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Another meeting point will be set up for students already in Paris, or coming through another means of transportation. At the end of the programme, participants will be able to leave directly from the residence, or will be accompanied to the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.

The exact timing and details for pick-ups will be defined during the registration process.


Check the visa requirements for your particular country for a short-term stay in France. Students from some countries are able to attend the Summer School as tourists and as such do not need a visa, while others may be required to obtain a short-term student visa. Upon receipt of your tuition payment, your Summer School admissions letter may be used in your visa application as your proof of study and accommodation for your stay in France.  Please refer to the individual country regulations on your local French consulate website or on the France Diplomatie website.

Please note that you will need to provide proof of parental authorisation to participate in the programme as part of a visa application.

Medical matters

Foreign nationals staying less than three months in France are not eligible for French health insurance. It is required to subscribe to a comprehensive health insurance policy for the duration of your stay, covering any expenses that might arise in connection with:

  • Medical care
  • Repatriation to home country for medical reasons
  • Emergency hospital treatment

Most travel insurance plans provide this kind of comprehensive coverage.

In accordance with French regulations on programmes for underage students, the Pre-College Programme medical assistant is in charge of the medical care of participants and will assist students who are taking medications. For more information on medical care during the programme, please read our Policies and Procedures page.


Before the start of the programme, participants will receive an information booklet containing useful information on the programme and practicalities, including a packing list. In the meantime, more information on accommodation, meals and activities is available on our Life Outside the Classroom page.

Staying in touch

The Summer School team provides regular communication regarding your arrival, orientation, and preparation for courses. Programme communications are sent via email to the student and his or her guardian, using the email addresses provided in the registration form. Please maintain these email addresses active throughout registration and enrolment.

During the programme, weekly informational newsletters will be sent to guardians, giving an overview of the activities of the past few days. For usual matters, guardians will be able to communicate with the Summer School team by email. For urgent matters, guardians will have the Programme Leader’s emergency phone number.


We encourage students to subscribe to an international calling plan while in France, in order to be easily reachable, including by the Summer School team if needed

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