First Steps

Arrival Day is

August 22nd, 2021


This general information is given to all MICEFA students, however if you are a UMiami, SUNY or CSU IP student, please refer to your Resident Director for more information about your arrival schedule.

For Fall 2021, all students should plan to arrive on Sunday, August 22nd, 2021.  This means departing the North America on Saturday, August 21st, 2021.  If you have reserved temporary housing with us, then you may go directly to your reserved lodging.

Placement Test & Skype Interview

Once your file has been processed and you have received your letter of acceptance, you will receive an email with the dates and the instructions for a placement test.  The written French placement test will be conducted/received via e-mail off site.

Following the 1st part of the placement test, each student will receive an email providing the date and time of their Skype© interview appointment with MICEFA Staff. During this appointment you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions you might have regarding your exchange in Paris.

Students must download Skype in advance.

This interview will be conducted in both French and English.

For students arriving for Fall Semester 2021, you may begin the arrival reservation process once you have received your acceptance materials.

Temporary Housing in Paris on Arrival

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 to get to know each other and form lasting friendships before they are scattered throughout Paris.

Temporary housing will be reserved in Paris from Sunday, August 22nd, 2021 to Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 (10 nights); you will check out on the morning of September 1st, 2021 (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  Once we have received your confirmation we will send you the instructions on how to pay for temporary housing.  

Payments MUST be received by June 1st, 2021. This is billed at cost: TBD.

Location in Paris TBD

Useful Tips For Your Arrival

Airport Shuttles and Transport

Airport Shuttle services are available between Paris and both airports (Charles de Gaulle-CDG and Orly).  Travel can be reserved days, weeks or months in advance, but reservations must generally be made at least 48 hours in advance. When arriving at the airport you will be given a central meeting point and it is recommended that you have a working phone number. The cost is usually 20-30€ for a shared shuttle*. (*Due to COVID this option may not be available.) 

We recommend:
PariShuttle, Yellow Van Shuttle, and SuperShuttle.

Official taxi stand are also located outside the airports (do not accept rides from any “taxi” drivers waiting inside the airport. Fixed rates for Paris taxi airport fares are as follows: 53€/58€ from CDG,  32€/37€ from Orly.

We also recommend using the public transportation system to get into the city you can take the suburban line called the RER B from Terminal 2 to many main stations in Paris.


You will need to keep a copy and bring with you all of the documents required for obtaining your visa, including your financial documents, acceptance letter, copy of health insurance policy, etc.  These documents are often required for any official applications including your residency paperwork once you arrive in France.  Maintaining a file with the originals and a copy will save time and energy.

You have each been issued a MICEFA certificat de scolarité to aid you in your visa application.  Please note, we are required to list a university on this form.  This is NOT your definitive university placement.  Once you arrive and have been tested into a language level and have met the MICEFA Academic Director, your final university placement will be made onsite.

You will need up to 5 ID-size photos  (face shots, no profile, no head covering) for various documents and your student card.  We suggest you wait to get these photos upon your arrival in France.  This will ensure that you get the proper format (as well as save a few pennies – this type of photo is much cheaper to obtain in France, 5 euros).

For multiple administrative procedures it is necessary for you to have a new certified copy (less than three months old) of your birth certificate and you must also submit it to your Secretary of State to get an Apostille.  To find out how to obtain these you must look on your state’s government website.  

When you arrive in France you will need to have this document translated by a certified translater.  MICEFA can put you into contact with a translator when you arrive.

As required by the French government, non European-Union Students under the age of 28 are required to subscribe to the national health insurance program (referred to as sécurité sociale et santé des étudiants or Mutuelle des étudiants). This entitles the student to a reimbursement of up to 70% of the standard price of medical expenses.  Prescriptions, eye glasses and dental are subject to a different rates.  The national health insurance will be purchased upon arrival.  Students under the age of 28 may purchase this insurance through two student sponsored providers: LMDE or SMEREP for a flat fee of 217 euros.  The student will be covered from the beginning of the academic year until the 30th of September of the following year.  The insurance is not pro-rated; students on a semester or year exchange will be charged the same rate.  Non European-Union Students over the age of 28 or a European citizen may contact MICEFA at

As an exchange student, while abroad, students should also apply to a complimentary health insurance policy before arrival in France.  This complimentary insurance should also cover emergency evacuation and repatriation.  Students may inquire with their home university’s study abroad office for complimentary health insurance enrollment information.

Please plan your budget accordingly.