Welcome to France

Welcome to FERRANDI Paris, the French school of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management

We are very pleased to have you and hope you have an educative and enjoyable time here!

On this page you will be able to find information that will help you prepare for your arrival in Paris: how to find accomodation, open a bank account, check you have the appropriate insurance, as well as Visa information.



For your information, FERRANDI Paris is a partner of LivinFrance - a support platform for international students. If you need any help regarding your arrival in France, your VISA, finding an appartment or opening a bank account, feel free to create your account on LivinFrance as a FERRANDI Paris student in order to access to this help freely: 


Practical information for incoming


EU students

EU citizens and citizens of Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Switzerland do not require a visa

Non-EU students

Citizens of all other countries must apply for a 12-month Visa Long Séjour – Titre de Séjour étudiant (VLS-TS) (Long Stay Student Visa) at a French consulate or embassy or Campus France bureau. This will also allow you to work in France.

Important Notes:

  • You cannot stay in France on a residence VISA issued for another EU country.
  • If you have a VISA (student or other) valid in another EU country this will not cover your stay in France; you will need to apply for a VLS-TS for France

Online VISA Application: https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en_US/web/france-visas/welcome-page

Online validation of the VLS-TS Long Stay Visa: https://administration-etrangers-en-france.interieur.gouv.fr/particuliers/#/vls-ts/demarches/etape/numero-visa

(You have a visa that is valid for 6 to 12 months that you need to validate when you arrive in France. )

  • If you are currently living in a country in which you do not have official citizenship, it may not be possible to apply for your visa from this country, you must return to your country of citizenship to file the application
  • if you are an accompanying spouse or have any other type of status in France, please make sure you check with FERRANDI and/or with the French authorities nearest you as to your eligibility to undertake studies and to do an in-company internship

Participants who require a visa are invited to contact the French Consulate or Campus France Bureau nearest them as soon as possible to find out what the application requirements are. Requirements and processing times vary from one country to another so make sure that you take care of this in a timely manner.

You will need to show a certificate of enrollment (the “Attestation” that is included in your admission packet, as well as other documentation regarding your ID, financial situation etc. You may require other documentation from FERRANDI (for example a receipt for the deposit payment) – if this is the case, please let us know and we will be happy to provide it.

For more information at "Help desk Paris": https://access.ciup.fr/en/accss-paris-centre/

Online Visa application

Online Visa validation


Mandatory Student Health Care coverage

The Registration to the Social Security Insurance is mandatory and free of charge and will entitle you to reimbursement of your health care expenses. 

Register here: https://etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr/#/

On arrival in Paris, whether that be at the Paris Orly or Charles de Gaulle airports or the Gare du Nord train station, you can make use of all public transport to get to your final destination. Tickets can be purchased at the counter or at the ticket machines around the stations. During your stay in Paris it may be more economically viable for you to invest in a Navigo Pass which gives you unlimited use of public transport per month for a certain price.

Their website can be found at www.navigo.fr.

If you are looking for a slightly more luxurious mode of transport on arrival, FERRANDI Paris has a partnership with the Student Concierge Club. They take care of your arrival and escort you to your destination and then offer further services to help you to settle in and feel at home in Paris.

For more information visit their website at https://studentconciergeclub.com/en/.

FERRANDI-Paris has no on-campus housing, however the school offers advice on finding suitable accommodations. A list of housing possibilities and contacts is available to all candidates once they have confirmed their enrollment. 

Below we have listed various sources for finding accommodation including websites, private renters, home-stay possibilities, foyers and rental agencies. We often share new rental possibilities on the Facebook group.

When in doubt about an apartment (regarding price, location etc.) or if you have any issues dealing with contacts on the list then you are welcome to contact us by email - ferrandi-international@ferrandi-paris.fr

It is difficult to book housing far in advance and many offers come through only a month or two before the program starts. We will update you on new offers between now and the program start date.

Guide to housing options:

· Home-stay-rooms to rent in someone's home, either in Paris or the greater Paris region. Reasonably priced and a good way to improve your French!

· Residences and dormitories- dedicated to students: may be complicated to apply for but are often affordable for students.

· Private housing / Agencies- We have many contacts with agencies in the Paris who can help you with the formalities of renting an apartment as well as finding somewhere to suit your needs.

· Websites- Many of our students find housing via websites which advertise apartments for rent and then put you in contact with the landlord.


Internet sources are generally good but beware of scams on free sites such as CraigsList. Please also avoid holiday rental sites as they are rented by the week and are considerably more expensive

Another excellent and reliable source for housing is through the website Immojeune. We are in the process of developing a partnership with the agency and it will soon be our principal resource for helping our students finding housing in Paris.


Opening Your Bank Account

For more information at Campus France Video


The French Government have made it compulsory that all students who are coming from non-EU countries are required to have a medical check-up by a French doctor in France and obtain a medical attestation signed by this doctor before enrolling into school.

Students must have their check-up appointment before the first day of school and provide the school with the attestation on the first day of class.

In order to assist you, FERRANDI Paris has partnered with Dr Ségolène De Lichana​, who speaks both English and Spanish. She is based at 72 boulevard Saint-Michel, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. This is a 15-minute walk from the school (close to Métro Luxembourg or Notre Dame des Champs).

To make an appointment with her you must book via www.doctolib.fr. The price of an appointment is approximately 25€.To assist you, we have made a helpful document walking you through the steps you will need to follow to make an appointment.

You will need to take your vaccination record to show to the doctor. The doctor may ask you to take some additional tests (blood tests, urine analysis, x-ray of your lungs). It will be the doctor who will decide which tests you need and do not need to do depending on your individual situation.

It is very important that you tell Dr Ségolène De Lichana​ that you are a student at FERRANDI Paris as she will provide you with your medical attestation which you will need to give to us at school.

FERRANDI Paris has a strong network of businesses who regularly take our interns. These include prestigious and reputable hotels, restaurants, bakeries, pastry shops and caterers.
Students will be placed in an internship by their chef-instructors. The process for internship assignments will be explained during orientation.
Interns are entitled to a stipend of approximately 500 Euros per month. Other benefits may be provided at the discretion of the company.

FERRANDI Paris and LivinFrance have joined forces so future international students can obtain free, personalized guidance through procedures related to their arrival in France.

Our partner, LivinFrance will help you with your visa application process, housing, bank account and other procedures prior to your arrival.

You will also be able to connect with a LivinFrance agent to get support if they are lost. Studying at FERRANDI Paris will become a breeze for international students!






Dress code

At FERRANDI Paris we instill the importance of looking the part in our students, since it constitutes an immense part of service in the gastronomy and hospitality industry. As such, we have a dress code that students must adhere to. It must be professional and elegant. Please contact your exchange coordinator to receive the guidelines before your arrival.

Dress code


Student Experiences

At FERRANDI Paris we instill the importance of looking the part in our students, since it constitutes an immense part of service in the gastronomy and hospitality industry. As such, we have a dress code that students must adhere to. It must be professional and elegant. Please contact your exchange coordinator to receive the guidelines before your arrival.

Student experiences at FERRANDI Paris


Mathilde Bernez

Mathilde BERNEZ

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