Degree-seeking students 27 & under

If you are a degree-seeking student under 28, you will be registered to the French Student Social Security and to complementary insurance from MSH International. The complementary insurance covers costs that are either not covered by French Social Security or covers the remaining portion not reimbursed by the Social Security system.

Coverage includes eye glasses, contact lenses, preventive dental treatment, alternative medicine (such as chiropractic care), house calls (SOS Médecins), and up to fifteen sessions a semester with a psychologist—and much more. You can consult the student health care handbook [pdf] for more details.

Please note that, if you are a French degree-seeking student who will not turn 20 years old before September of the year following the current academic year, the fee of 213 Euros does not apply.

 

Cost of the health care plan

The cost of the health care plan is charged directly to your student account. Payment is due when you register for classes.

Service Cost Validity
French Student Social Security €217 One academic year
Complementary Insurance €270 One semester
Health Fee €48 One semester

 

Applying for a Carte Vitale

AUP registers students with French Student Social Security at the beginning of the semester. The health coverage starts on the first day of orientation and students receive a temporary French social security number and a French social security certificate (Attestation de Droits). To secure your Carte Vitale, make sure to do the following:

  • Provide AUP with an original, non-photocopied birth certificate and a certified translation into French and get an official stamp from your local embassy in Paris.
  • Provide a copy of your visa or carte de séjour if you are a non-EU citizen and a copy of your passport if you are an EU citizen. The French Social Security department processes your documents and a permanent social security number is created for you.
  • After receiving a Carte Vitale photo form in your AUP mailbox, attach a photo and provide your signature to attest your name and date of birth are correct.
  • Send back this completed form in the provided envelope with a copy of either your valid visa + OFII stamp or valid carte de séjour. If you are an EU citizen, send a copy of your passport.
  • Once you have your Carte Vitale, doctors who have the specific equipment will use it to send your reimbursement claim electronically. This replaces the feuille de soins (treatment form). Alternatively, if your doctor does not have a Carte Vitale reader, he will give you a paper feuille de soins.

 

Step-by-step reimbursement process

  • Pay upfront and ask for a feuille de soins. Remember to always have enough cash or a checkbook with you. Not all medical providers have a credit card machine. Ask the medical provider for an official claim form which is called feuille de soins. This document will serve as your receipt and is a mandatory document to claim for reimbursement if you do not have a direct payment card, called a Carte Vitale.
  • Choose your primary care physician (médecin traitant). You will need to declare your primary care physician in order to avoid penalties on your reimbursements. Of course you may consult any doctor of your choice but with a penalty of about 10€ on each visit. To nominate your primary care physician you can simply ask your general practitioner to fill out a form with you which then needs to be sent to the French Social Security. If you decide to change your primary care physician you just need to fill out a new form with your new GP and send it to the French Social Security.
  • Submit a RIB (your bank account information). You will need to submit your RIB the first time you send a claim form. If you do not have a bank account in France, you can receive your reimbursements either via check or via wire transfer to your bank back home. You just need to provide the name and address of the bank, account number and routing number.
  • Getting reimbursed for prescription medication. Bring your doctor’s prescription for medication to a pharmacy and ask for a feuille de soins as a receipt. It’s imperative that you place the stickers and barcodes from the medication boxes on your feuille de soins. You must also submit your original doctor’s prescription along with your feuille de soins to be reimbursed. You have the option of dropping your documents off at the Student Development Office.
  • Send your claim forms to the French Social Security. Send all your claim forms to the French Social Security, except for psychologist and alternative medicine consultations, which are not reimbursed by the social security but by the complementary insurance. It can take anywhere between two to three weeks for the French Social Security to process a reimbursement claim and reimburse you on your French bank account. You will receive a statement of your reimbursements about once a month by mail but they are also available on the website once you create your online account.
  • Send your claim forms for contact lenses, psychologists, and alternative medicine consultations directly to the complementary insurance. Indicate your AUP ID number preceded by “AUP” on every sheet to be sent to the complementary insurance. Attach a RIB (your bank information) to your first claim form if you want to get reimbursed on your bank account. If you do not send your bank information they will send a check to your AUP mailbox.
  • Send the reimbursement statement from the French Social Security to the complementary insurance. Your reimbursement statement from the French Social Security will arrive in the mail. But you can also print it out from the website as soon as you have been reimbursed and send it to the complementary insurance to get the second reimbursement much quicker. You also have the option of dropping it off at the Student Development Office to be sent in the weekly batch. It takes about two weeks for the complementary insurance to reimburse your bank account or send you a check to your AUP mailbox. You can request your online login for the complementary insurance website from the health plan coordinator.

 

How to opt out of the complementary insurance

The Student French Social Security is mandatory and you can only request to opt out of the complementary insurance if you meet specific requirements. There are two conditions under which you may opt out of the complementary insurance. First, if your parents live in Paris and you have an insurance that covers you in France that is equivalent to the Mutuelle, you may opt out. Second, if you are working part-time or full-time and your company covers you for health insurance in France you may be able to opt out.

For students whose parents’ insurance covers them, the following must be provided:

For students whose employers’ insurance covers them, the following must be provided:

  • copy of your contract from the company you work for
  • a valid proof of insurance

All documents must be provided to the health plan coordinator no later than at the orientation check-in.