for foreign students | Practical information
The university year begins within the first two weeks of
September and finishes at the end of June.
Teaching programs are annual or semestral, depending on the
School.. Detailed information about the courses offered by
the schools is available from the schools websites.
The first semester starts in September and continues until
the month of January. The second semester stretches from
the beginning of February until the end of June.
The academic year includes breaks at Christmas, in February,
and at Easter.
The public holidays in France include:
New Year's Day (1 January)
Easter Sunday - Easter Monday (in March or April)
May Day/Labor Day (1 May)
Victory Day (8 May)
Ascension Day (always on a Thursday in May)
Pentecost Sunday - Pentecost Monday (in May or June)
National Day (14 July)
All Saints Day (1 November)
Armistice Day (11 November)
Christmas Day (25 December)
As all the courses take place in French, a sound understanding
of the French language is essential.
Advanced French classes are given at the INPL linguistic
training centre (CAFOL), within the framework of the SOCRATES
A self-assimilation French language training facility is
provided by the Pôle Universitaire Européen.
The International Relations Office of INPL looks after reserving
accommodation for Erasmus students in the university residences
run by the CROUS. A university residence accommodation
request should be filled in and sent back to the International
Relations Office of INPL, who will forward it on to CROUS.
The CROUS runs nine traditional style university residences
in Nancy and the surrounding area (furnished 9 m2 rooms with
wash-hand basin in the room and communal sanitation facilities
on each floor). There are no kitchen facilities in most Halls.
Rent : around 122 € per month. A guarantee deposit of
around 137 € is requested on arrival. This will be returned
on your departure after any deduction for possible damages.
The CROUS also has furnished studios in residences for students
staying at least 12 months. Reckon on between 275 € and
385 €. for this type of studio.
The Ecole des Mines de Nancy and ENSIC have unfurnished studios
reserved for their students in residences close to their
The INPL Residence (264 unfurnished studios) is located on
the Brabois campus. Rent is around 350 € per month.
A Housing insurance (called « Assurance Risques Locatifs »)
is compulsory (the cost per year is about 38 € for a
studio flat and 25 € for a room) in a student residence
hall. This can be purchased from student insurance organisations
(MGEL, Mutuelle des Etudiants, etc.).
8 restaurants, 6 brasseries, 1 pizzeria, one Chinese restaurant
and a pancake house belonging to the university are open
from 11.45 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 6.45 p.m.to 8 p.m
. Meal vouchers are sold in books of 10 at the checkouts
of the university restaurant (called “ RU ”)
on presentation of the student’s card. Payment is
in cash. As from 1 August 2002, the tariff is 2.40 € per
Health cover and other insurances
Throughout their stay in France, European students must have
medical cover. You should therefore have in your possession
form E128 (or E111), obtained from the social security
organisation of your country of origin. In the absence
of this document, students are required to take out a health
insurance plan in France. As an indication, the annual
subscription covering health costs or possible hospitalisation
is around 174 €. You can subscribe when enrolling
Medical care : Visits to the doctor and
medication have to be paid there and then : 20 € for
a general practitioner, and 30 € (and more) for a specialist.
To have your costs reimbursed, you should forward your health
care form, complete with the medication identification labels
and doctor’s prescription, to the International Relations
Office of the CPAM, along with a bank or post office details
slip (RIB or RIP) and the original of your E128 (or E111).
The E128 form covers up to 70% of medical costs. The last
30% can be covered by a separate insurance which you can
buy from student insurance organisations (MGEL, Mutuelle
des Etudiants, etc.). You can subscribe when enrolling at
INPL (cost : around 150 € per year).
You must have a civil liability insurance which
covers you for any damage you may cause to a third party
in your everyday life. This can be obtained from the same
student insurance organisations (MGEL, or Mutuelle des Etudiants)
or from an insurance company or when enrolling at INPL (cost
: around 12 € per year).
If you stay in France more than three months for your studies,
you must request a residence permit from the Hôtel
de Police (police headquarters), within the eight days
following your arrival. You should have the following items
When you have gathered all these items, you need to go to
the Foreign Student Center (« Guichet Unique d’accueil »)
at the Pôle Universitaire Européen, 34 Cours
Léopold, Nancy, who will make appointment with the
Hôtel de Police.
You obtain the residence permit some eight weeks after making
SIUAP (the Inter-University Physical and Sporting Activities
Service) offers 50 sporting disciplines to the students of
Nancy’s three universities.
The Inter-University Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion
Service is at the disposal of all students enrolled at university.
A comprehensive bus network covers all destinations. A bus
guide and timetable for each route are available from the
Valid transport is by means of a credit card called the Pass.
It is on sale at the Agence Bus, in tobacconists, shopping
centres, and automatic distributors.
The Pass should be validated on the bus. A “ special
student ” rate guarantees you 45 trips in 31 days.
How to get to the various INPL campuses :
From the railway station (stop “ Place de la République ")
- To the Brabois-Vandoeuvre campus: take tram T1 Direction « Vandoeuvre-Brabois »,
get off at stop "Forêt de Haye ».
- To EEIGM, ENSGSI and EAN : take Tram T1, Direction « Essey »,
get off at stop "La Mothe".
- To ENSMN : take Tram T1, Direction Vandoeuvre-Brabois,
bus, get off at stop "Jean-Jaurès".
- To ENSIC : take the 134 bus from the stop "Point central",
get off at stop "Citadelle".
SNCF offers young people under 26 years
of age reductions of up to 50% on train journeys. Tourist
agencies like Wasteels, OTU (at the CROUS), etc. also offer
possibilities of price reductions.
You can open an account at a bank, the post office, or at
a Caisse d'Epargne (savings bank). To open an account, you
must present your identity card or passport, and proof of
domiciliation in France. An account at a bank or post office
will facilitate your everyday life, and notably any social
Basic Monthly Cost Estimate for Living in Nancy
CROUS room per month : 120 €
Meals at the university restaurant 150 €
" Pass bus" at student tariff : 27 €
Entertainment (cinema,disco) 80 €
Extra food expenses 80 €
= 460 €
The International Relations Office of
the INPL remains at your disposal to help with any difficulties
you may experience during your stay. Do not hesitate to get
in contact with us or come and see us in the Présidence
Some useful addresses and
telephone numbers :
(Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine)
2, avenue de la Forêt de Haye
54500 Vandoeuvre les Nancy
Tel. : (33) (-0)3 83 59 59 59
(Reception and linguistic training centre)
32/34, rue de Saurupt
Tel. : (33) (-0)3 83 58 40 64
(Department of Social Security)
International Relations Office
9, boulevard Joffre
54047 Nancy Cedex
Tel. : (33) (-0)3 83 85 50 00
POLE UNIVERSITAIRE EUROPEEN
Guichet Unique d’Accueil
34, cours Léopold
54052 Nancy Cedex
Tel. +33 (0) 3 83 17 67 35
(Inter-University Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion
23, Bd Albert 1er
Tel. : (33) (-0)3 83 98 65 60
(Inter-University Physical and Sporting Activities Service)
1bis Bd. Albert 1er
Tel.: (33) (-0)3 83 96 53 23
Student Insurance Organisation
44 cours Léopold
Tel : 03 83 32 21 98
MUTUELLE DES ETUDIANTS
(Student Insurance Organisation)
55ter rue Stanislas
Tel : 03 83 35 00 23