The French health care system

Social Security and Health Insurance

The French health care system, called Social Security, allows everyone to access quality health care at controlled prices and partially covered by the government.

Affiliation to the Social Security is free and compulsory for all students (French or international) and must be done as soon as you arrive in France, once your administrative registration at the university is completed.

European students in possession of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are not required to join the Social Security.

To join the Social Security and benefit from the coverage of your health care, you will have to subscribe to the general Health Insurance scheme by following the steps below:

  1. Register on the website dedicated to international students as soon as your registration at AMU is finalized
  2. Submit your mandatory supporting documents
  3. Create a personal account on the website. Within a few days, you will receive a provisional social security number and then your health insurance card
  4. Declare an attending physician for your first consultation (this will allow you to be reimbursed for your health expenses)
  5. To optimize your health reimbursements, choose a complementary health insurance (or mutual insurance)


Supplementary health insurance (mutual insurance)

The Social Security will reimburse approximately 60% of your health expenses.
In order to be reimbursed for the remaining 40%, you can subscribe to a complementary health insurance, usually called a mutual insurance. This is not compulsory but strongly recommended. Aix-Marseille University is a partner of the HEYME mutual insurance company.
A word of advice: make sure that the mutual insurance you choose includes civil liability insurance valid for your private life and your student life. This will allow you to be covered at your place of study and your internship for all accidents of everyday life.

The Interuniversity Service for preventive medicine and health promotion

The university also has its own medical and prevention service: the SIUMPPS. Students have the opportunity to meet general practitioners, nurses, psychologists, a sophrologist and, depending on availability, student trainees in dentistry. (The service does not issue any prescriptions).

For more information, see the page on SIUMPPS.


Visit the International Students' Welcome Desk on the campuses of Aix-en-Provence or Marseille to get help with your procedures or connect to the digital welcome platform of the university: LivinFrancefor personalized advice before your arrival in France.


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