Welcome Desk - Chercheuse / Chercheur
The PSL Welcome Desk is a designated Euraxess Center at the service of international researchers at all PSL schools. Whether you are a doctoral student, postdoctoral researcher, lecturer-researcher, or visiting fellow, you can contact us for assistance with your main administrative steps before your arrival and throughout your stay in France.
The PSL Welcome Desk aims to provide information to facilitate your transition to Université PSL and life in France. We offer:
- practical checklists,
- individualized in-person or videocall appointments,
- email and phone assistance,
- social events,
- pre-arrival and back-to-school events during our ‘Welcome Days’ series.
Our office can assist individuals affiliated with Université PSL and entering France. If you are going abroad to another country, we can help put you in touch with our counterparts at your welcoming institution abroad.
A word on our history:
Created in 2015 to help orientate international students, the PSL Welcome Desk expanded its services in the fall of 2021 to include support for international researchers and their families.
- Contact my PSL school for their hiring (if applicable) and arrival procedures.
- Complete this form to benefit from PSL Welcome Desk services for international researchers.
- Refer to the practical guides on the Euraxess France platform.
- Gather all my documents.
- Find housing (even a temporary solution) before my arrival.
- Confirm my insurance coverage.
- Plan my budget.
- Plan ahead for my possible research activities in other European countries during my time at PSL. (Note: Additional procedures may apply.)
- Consider joining YouR PSL, Young Researchers Society for events and peer support.
For more information, we invite you to review the 'Pre-arrival Checklist for International Researchers.' Note: if you hold a student visa, please consult the PSL Welcome Desk’s web page for international students. If you are a doctoral candidate and not sure if you are considered a student or a researcher in this context, please see the ‘Brochure: International Doctoral Candidates.'
- Contact my PSL school to ask about administrative procedures.
- Validate my visa (VLS-TS) or apply for a first residence permit (‘titre de séjour’), depending on my entry document, using the online service ANEF (Foreigners in France).
- Open a bank account.
- Apply for a social security number.
- Confirm my insurance coverage.
- Gather information about medical care in France.
- Help my family settle in.
- Work on my French or join the Tandem Program, the PSL Welcome Desk language partner program!
- Renew my residence permit in a timely manner.
For more information, we invite you to review the ‘Post-arrival Checklist for International Researchers.' Note: if you hold a student visa, please consult the PSL Welcome Desk’s web page for international students. If you are a doctoral candidate and not sure if you are considered a student or a researcher in this context, please see the ‘Brochure: International Doctoral Candidates.'
Finding housing in Paris can be complicated on account of availability, administrative processes, and cost of living. We encourage you to start looking early and contact us as soon as possible if you have any questions.
How do I find housing?
- Contact my PSL school to inquire about possible options offered to international researchers.
- Consult the Euraxess France Housing Guide for International Researchers for helpful links and to get a better understanding of the French system.
Housing ideas for international researchers in Paris*:
- Cité internationale universitaire de Paris (CiuP)
- Résidence internationale d’enseignants-chercheurs Champollion
- Résidence les Carmes
- Maison Suger
- Bed & Crous
- Villa Pasteur
- Centre international des Récollets
- Espacil Habitat
*Not an exhaustive list, promotion, or guarantee of availability.
To submit a housing request, you often will be required to provide a ‘garant.’ If you do not have physical guarantor residing in France, you may be eligible for one of the following solutions:
DossierFacile can help you assemble your digital file for rental requests.
Once you have found housing, you may also be eligible to receive housing aid from the Caisse d’allocations familiales (Caf).
Whether you are leaving France for good or planning to return, consider the following steps for closing out your current stay.
Before leaving, contact my PSL school to request my school certificates, transcripts, and diplomas or arrange for the diploma to be sent by post or picked up by a friend (“procuration”). Contact the human resources department of my PSL school.
If renting: inform the landlord or agency in charge of housing of departure by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt (“lettre recommandée avec accusé de reception” or LRAR) within the required notice period as specified in the contract.
Carry out check out inspection with the landlord or his/her representative. Your deposit (“dépôt de garantie” ou “caution”) must be returned to you in the two months following your departure.
Inform the utilities companies (electricity, water, phone, internet, home insurance) if you have a contract.
Mail can be forwarded (for a fee) by the post (“La Poste”).
From your Ameli account, “my procedures” (“mes démarches”).
NB : the social security number is kept for life.
Inform multiple administrations (tax office, CPAM for primary health insurance, and retirement office) of departure or change of situation in a single online form. You will keep the same Ameli / CPAM personal account throughout your life.
Inform complementary health insurer (“mutuelle”) of my departure.
Request European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) (“Carte européenne d'assurance maladie, CEAM”) if leaving France to stay temporarily in another European country.
Check that all debts have been paid (health care fees, pending bills …).
Contact bank to determine which procedure is necessary to close account (differed closure or not), and to assure the transfer of funds to a foreign account. Unless otherwise indicated you will be asked to send a letter requesting the close of your account including certain elements corresponding to your situation.
NB : remember to take into account the return of your deposit, and other possible reimbursements.
Keep in touch with Université PSL!
These guides are indicative and are not contractually binding on Université PSL. The information has been taken from various governmental sites and the experiences of the PSL Welcome Desk. However, this information is subject to change according to the evolution of services or other reasons.
Do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or comments.