This general information is given to all MICEFA students, however if you are a CUNY, CSU IP, or UCONN student, please refer to your Resident Director for more information about your arrival schedule.
For Fall 2017, all students should plan to arrive on Sunday, August 20th, 2017 . This means departing the North America on Saturday, August 19th, 2017. If you have reserved temporary housing with us, then you may go directly to your reserved lodging.
You will most likely be arriving in France via Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), also known as Paris Roissy. The airport is located 23 km north-east of Paris and offers numerous transport links into the city by road and rail. The other airport is Paris Orly, located 13km south of Paris.
RER (Express train)
The RER express train service reaches central Paris in approximately 45 minutes and runs directly into Paris from both airports (Charles de Gaulle and Orly). Trains leave every 4 to 15 minutes. There is an SNCF help desk on the 4th floor of Terminal 2. If you take the RER B from the airport, you will be able to transfer to many lines of the metro once in Paris in order to get to your destination.
Paris Orly Airport is connected to the RER B train line at Antony train station by the Orlyval automatic shuttle. Orlyval is free to use between the two Orly terminals (west and south), however it costs 8,40 € between Antony and Orly airport. Tramway 7 connects the south terminal to Villejuif-Louis Aragon on Paris Métro Line 7 A shuttle connects Orly Airport to the RER C train at Pont de Rungis-Aéroport d’Orly.
Paris taxis charge around 55 Euros ($58) from the airport Charles de Gaulles to central Paris. From Orly Airport, depending where in Paris, it will between 30 to 35 euros
Official taxis are only found at Exit 24 for Terminal 1 and Exit 6, 7, 11 and 14 for Terminal 2A-F at Charles de Gaulle Airport. For the airport Paris Orly south, Exit L and Paris Orly West, door B. We advise you to only accept official taxis (they have a taxis sign and a meter) and are only found at certain location in the airports.
Roissy Bus service departs from all three terminals every 15 to 20 minutes to Place de l’Opéra in Paris. The trip takes about 45-60 minutes. Air France Coach Line 2 provides transport to Porte Maillot and Etoile every 15 minutes. Line 4 travels to Gare de Lyon and Montparnasse every 30 minutes. Air France Coach also provides a link to Orly Paris Airport. There is also the Orlybus that goes directly to Denfert Rochereau. RATP buses also run to Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est and to Porte de Bagnolet. The fare is between 10-15 euros (depending on the destination).
Housing will be your first priority upon arriving in France. We highly recommend the short-term housing option, which enables students to get a sense of Paris before jumping into a living arrangement. This time also allows students get to know each other and form lasting friendships before they are scattered throughout Paris.
Therefore, we have reserved temporary housing from Sunday, August 20th, 2017 – Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 (10 nights); you will check out on the morning of August 30th, 2017 (9:00AM).
If you would like to reserve a spot in the temporary housing, please confirm your spot by email by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we have received your confirmation we will send you the instructions on how to pay for temporary housing. Please confirm your interest in this temporary housing option immediately by sending an email to email@example.com. Payments MUST be received by Friday, July 14th, 2017. The cost will be 330€.
We have reserved the following accommodations for temporary housing:
This information will arrive soon !
FALL SEMESTER ONLY
Finding permanent housing with MICEFA.
Multiple options for housing exist with MICEFA : Host families, demi au pair, student residences and a listing of nearly 150 landlords offering a wide variety of offers (studio, apartments, maid’s room all over Paris).
Some options are available if you want to have your housing arranged before arrival (host families, demi au pair, student residences). Bear in mind spot may be limited.
If you would like to discover Paris, and visit your future campus, choose the location adapted to you, you can also choose to look for your housing with our housing coordinator onsite and use the listing. The housing search should not be seen as an ordeal, but rather as part of the process of exploring and getting to know Paris and its excellent transportation system. The city has many different neighborhoods, options and prices. Given the excellent transportation system, it doesn’t take more than half an hour to get to most places in Paris.
Please note, although it can be very useful to start your research before arrival, we do NOT recommend you rent an apartment unseen from a stranger.
If you have any question regarding this, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can come with your laptop (international plug adapter) and wireless equipment. The MICEFA is equipped with a wireless connection and we have a list of wireless hot spots around Paris. http://opendata.paris.fr/explore/dataset/liste_des_sites_des_hotspots_paris_wifi/table/?location=12,48.85905,2.35623 (please note that each session last two hours, you just have to connect yourself again to start another session)
If you have a tri-band cell phone, you can probably buy a SIM card to use in it. We advise you to make sure your phone is unblocked before departure. French cell phone carriers such as Bouygues, FREE, Orange offer plans which need to be set up with a French bank account but Free, for example accepts american credit card as long as you have a chip. With one of these options, students can expect to spend from 2€ to 30€ per month for cell phone costs (including data).
MANDATORY INTENSIVE FRENCH LANGUAGE PROGRAM:
This semester we have organized an exciting, intensive language program for our incoming students. This program is mandatory for all undergraduate students, but can be waived for graduate and PhD students along with Native French speakers.
It is a three-week intensive language course including special visits, cultural activities, campus visits and a theatrical performance.
This program will cost 300 €. Deadline for payment is July 14th, 2017.
NB: Many of our North American partners accept 3 credit hours for this course, but please verify with your study abroad office. Please note that some of our North American Partners include this program fee in your tuition bill, for those of you who pay MICEFA directly, you will receive a PayPal bill in the coming weeks.
A general orientation meeting will be held on Monday, August 21st 2017 in the morning. We will communicate the exact location and time during the month of July. Our orientation will provide important information about MICEFA, housing, cultural adaptation as well as practical matters such as banking, public transportation, the titre de séjour, student restaurants, etc.
The oral French interviews: you will be provided with your oral French interview time slot at orientation.
The Intensive Program activities will be provided as well at orientation.
The Intensive French Course will meet each day (Monday-Friday) for three and a half hours in the mornings from Monday, August 28th, 2017 through Friday, September 8th, 2017.
Please find below our Welcome Packet 2017:
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