Application

General Rules

Applications will open on February 1st for the following academic year. Applications submitted before February 1st at 12am will not be examined.

Applications must be submitted before July 1st of each year for the following academic year.
Applications submitted after June 30th 11:59pm will not be examined.

You are eligible to apply for our master’s program as long as you meet at least one of the requirements listed below:

Conditions to apply for the 1st year of our master’s program (M1)

  • having obtained or being in the process of validating a Licence 3 or a  Bachelor’s degree (science related)
  • being a physiotherapist or a 4th year student in a physiotherapist school

Conditions to apply directly for the 2nd year of our master’s program (M2)

  • For students in science or engineering:
    •  having obtained or being in the process of validating a Master 1
    • having obtained or being in the process of validating a Master’s degree 
    • being a 3rd year student in an engineering school or
    • being a 2nd year student in an engineering school (particularly Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Mines Paris Tech, Chimie ParisTech and ESPCI Paris) affiliated with the Master BME  Paris program for a double diploma
    •  being a 2nd year student at ENS Paris
     
  • For students in health science (medical, pharmacy or dental schools):
    • being a 3rd year student in the Medicine-Science
      or Pharmacy-Science program at University Paris Descartes or at l’Ecole de l’Inserm Liliane Bettencourt
    • being an intern or Doctor of Medicine (MD), Pharmacy (Pharm.D), Dental Surgery (DDS) or Dental Medicine (DMD)
  • For physiotherapists or 4th year students in physiotherapist schools: you can apply directly for the M2 only if you are able to prove that you attended an additional research oriented curriculum (formation complémentaire à et pour la recherche)

NB. The admission committee reserves the right to propose engineers’ applications for a M1 (instead of a M2) after examining their applications and according to their background.

NB. If you apply for the wrong year (M2 instead of M1 or the other way round), the examination of your application will be delayed.

STEP 1: prepare the documents that MUST be submitted with the application

Document format accepted: PDF only

1. A photocopy of your passport, national ID card if you are a European citizen or French national identity card if you are a French citizen

2. A Curriculum Vitae in English only (2 pages max)

3. A letter of personal statement in English only (2 pages max)

4. Photocopies of ALL of your transcripts from your higher education years (merged in two PDF files maximum) in their original language AND the certified translation in French or English

5. Photocopies of ALL of your diplomas from your higher education years in their original language AND the certified translation in French or English
NB.
Transcripts from the current semester ONLY can be sent later (as soon as you receive them) at the following email address: contact@bme-paris.com

6. Photocopy of the English language certificate that you have passed (we do not need a French language certificate) with a C1 level minimum
Check the table: https://www.ef.fr/tests-anglais/comparaison-tests/convertisseur-score/
NB. If you are currently registered to take an exam which will determine your level of English before July 1st:
a)  Attach a PDF file simply stating the name of the exam/certificate and the date planned for the test
b)  Send the results to contact@bme-paris.com as soon as you receive them before July 1st maximum

NB. No certificate is required for native English speakers or students having completed their undergraduate studies in a program taught entirely in English.
In such case, replace the certificate by a document (PDF file) explaining why you don’t need to provide a certificate. Your level of English will be verified during the Skype interview if your application is selected.

7. Name and contact of your 2 main academic referees. A request for a letter of recommendation will be directly sent to them.
What we mean by academic referees: professors in your university of origin and outside if possible (e.g. a laboratory you worked at), in scientific or technological fields. We only accept their professional/academic email address (no hotmail, gmail or personal email address).
You will be informed by an automatic email as soon as we receive their recommendation letters. You will also be informed a few days before the end of your batch if we still haven’t received their letters so you can contact them directly and remind them to send it before the deadline.
As long as we haven’t received the 2 letters of recommendation, your application will NOT be examined.

8. Any other document that you would like to add (merged into 2 PDF files maximum)

STEP 2: fill the online form
Please note that your application will not be considered if you do not fill out the online form thoroughly

In order for your application to be examined, it must be complete. It is your responsibility.
You will receive an email after the end date of the batch during which you applied. It will either mention :

• Your application is complete and it will be examined by the committee
Or
• Your application is not complete and it will be examined when it is complete. It will be moved to the next batch and so on until it is complete.

Please note that it is in your best interest to apply as early as possible, as some or all tracks may be full after the first rounds of admission.

Foreign students should apply particularly early given the length of procedures to obtain a visa.

During the examination of your application, you may be contacted by some faculty for a phone, in-person or skype interview.

Once your complete application is examined by the admission committee, there are 3 possibilities :

• Either you will receive a formal authorization of registration, which you will have to formally accept or reject before a specific deadline
• Or you will receive a formal notification of refusal
• Or you will be notified that you are put on the waiting list. In this last case, your application will be examined by the last commission (provided that some positions are still available at that stage in the tracks you have applied for) and the final decision will be sent to you by July 31st at the latest.

NB. Please note that once your application is accepted for the M2 track you chose, you will not be able to change tracks. Make sure you choose the track that really corresponds to your aspirations.

◦ 1st batch: if you apply between Feb 5th at 12am and March 31st at 11:59pm, you shall get a reply by April 30th
◦ 2nd batch: if you apply between April 1st at 12am and May 15th at 11:59pm, you shall get a reply by June 15th
◦ 3rd batch: if you apply between May 16th at 12am and June 30th at 11:59pm, you shall get a reply by July 31st

Students accepted into the program will be required to enroll at one of the three partner institutions (Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Université Paris Descartes or Université PSL). It will mainly depend on their background (e.g. students who obtained a Paris Descartes Bachelor degree will enroll there) but it can also depend on a specific grant they may have obtained.

You must save these dates when you decide to apply for our program.

Kick-off meeting for all BME students
It takes place on the first Tuesday of September (e.g. September 3rd 2019).

Integration days for M1 BME students
M1 students must attend the 3 integration days which will take place on September 4th, 5th and 6th 2019. It will consist of a pedestrian rally around Paris in teams and different workshops dealing with how to prepare an interview for a job/internship. You will receive more details around the end of August but you must save the date if you are authorized to enroll in our program.

 Interdisciplinary seminar for all M2 BME students
During the second full week of September from Monday until Friday
If you are part of our program you will have to attend an offsite interdisciplinary seminar involving ALL students from the five different tracks of the second year of the master’s program (BIN, BIM, BioMAT, BioMECH and MCB).
The main aim of this seminar is for you to know each other and to get an initiation to what designing a research project in bioengineering means. During this one-week event, you will work in small groups to elaborate and write interdisciplinary research projects under the supervision of faculty members from the different tracks as well as invited researchers.
Fees: 150€

You can check where each course takes place on each course description (Program).

GRADUATION CEREMONY

It takes place on the Friday right after the interdisciplinary seminar is over (e.g. September 13th 2019).
You will receive a “save the date” in July usually.
But you will receive the real invitation as soon as your track chairs send the official list of graduates.  So the invitation is usually sent right before the ceremony.
It is not mandatory but you can attend it only upon registration. You can each come along with 3 invitees of your choice, upon registration also.

The real diplomas will NOT be handed to you during the ceremony, therefore there is absolutely no obligation to attend it (fake ones will be given to you on that day, they have no official value).

The real diplomas will mention the three partner institutions (Université Paris Descartes, Arts et Métiers ParisTech and Université PSL), regardless of where you enrolled.

Expenses

This is the information which Campus France published about the new tuition fees: https://www.campusfrance.org/en/tuition-fees-France
Tuition fees must be paid in person, upon completion of the administrative registration and before the kick-off meeting.

We do not provide housing, therefore you will have to look for an accomodation on your own.

 

Case 1: you already know in which University/School you will have to register (ENSAM, Paris Descartes University or PSL)

 

  • For students who will be registered at ENSAM (which doesn’t have a guide), here is the information the ENSAM provides:

You must have your admission letter in order to start the booking process.

Option 1: Booking a room at the Arts et Métiers Student Residence. As the Residence is run independently from the School students have to apply by themselves on: https://www.maison-arts-et-metiers.fr/

Option 2: Other types of accommodation:

Go to https://artsetmetiers.studapart.com/en/ and log in with your personal e-mail address in the section “sign up”. You will be asked to enter a code: HOUSINGENSAMPARIS

If your landlord requires a French guarantor (“caution”), see: https://artsetmetiers.fr

 

Case 2: you don’t know where you will have to register yet (students usually know around mid-July where they will have to register for the next academic year)

 

Here are a few tips that could help you out:

We highly recommend that you look for an accommodation before your arrival, as it can be hard to find a good one in Paris. Most students pay between 400 and 600€ per month for accommodation. We would like to warn you that the rents are high so unless you are lucky to get a room at the CIUP residence, you will most likely get a room for a high price.

Prices depend on the area, for example, districts 5, 6, 16 and 8 are the most expensive ones. Yet you can find cheaper rents in districts 18, 19 and 20 or in the suburbs.

  • Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris: CIUP

Located in the south of Paris, the International University Campus called Cité Internationale Universitaire (CIUP) has a number of different “houses” (Canadian House, Japanese House, German House, American House, etc.) where foreign students can apply to live. You can apply directly on their website.

NB. We recommend that you apply as soon as you receive your authorization of enrollment because their rooms are highly sought after. The cost of a room is usually between € 450 and 600.

  • Les Estudines

Les Estudines offer entirely furnished and equipped accommodation for students.

In order to Book accommodation there:

– Pick a student residence on their website

– or call the regional (Ile-de-France) booking center: 09 69 39 22 00 (free of charge)

You need to contact the booking center even if the student residences already appear as fully booked, because availabilities can change every day (departures, cancellations…etc.).

  • Shared housing

In some cases, the best way is to share an apartment where you will have a bigger place at a lower price.

http://www.appartager.com
www.colocation.fr
www.immojeune.com/en/flatsharing/paris

  • Private owners and real estate agencies

You can find accommodation online on your own.

WARNING:

  • Be very careful because unfortunately, even in Paris there are frauds. If you rent an apartment before your arrival, never send money to the owner without an official contract.
  • Apartment agencies being quite expensive, we would recommend that you try to find on your own first.
  • Some dishonest agencies ask you to pay in exchange for a list of apartments. Never pay for a list, you only pay when you have chosen an apartment!

Here are a few websites you can check out:

www.student.com
www.ecla-campus.com/en/product/actif
https://paris.craiglist.org/search/roo
https://www.morningcroissant.fr/
https://ads.fusac.fr/ad-category/housing/

M2 students will have to make sure they have an extra 150€ to cover part of full board lodging during the interdisciplinary seminar (to be paid on site, the second Monday of September).
Expenses for books and educational material are around 300 €. Living in Paris is expensive. For example, the cost of a room for students at the CROUS or the CIUP is between 500 and 600 € per month.

International students

Foreign students should apply particularly early given the length of procedures to obtain a visa.

“European” students are students with a nationality from:
• One of the 28 countries of the EU;
• A country included in the EEA (EU + Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein)
• Switzerland
• Monaco or Andorra

EUROPEAN STUDENTS

You must apply directly on our website between February 1st and June 30th.
More information: https://www.campusfrance.org/en/enrolment-European-student

NON-EUROPEAN STUDENTS BUT LIVING IN A EUROPEAN COUNTRY

You must apply directly on our website between February 1st and June 30th.
If your application is accepted, you will receive an authorization of enrollment in one of the three partner institutions (Université Paris Descartes, Arts et Métiers ParisTech or Université PSL). From that point on, you will be able to undertake the procedures with the French Consulate in your country of residence to obtain a student visa.
NB. Even if the « Etudes en France » procedure applies in the country of origin, non-European students residing in Europe do not need to either return to their native country nor to follow this procedure.

More information: https://www.campusfrance.org/en/enrolment-student-residing-Europe

NON-EUROPEAN STUDENTS BUT LIVING IN A COUNTRY INCLUDED IN THE “ETUDES EN FRANCE” PROCEDURE

Check the list on the Campus France website: https://www.campusfrance.org/en/procedure-studying-in-France

2 mandatory steps

1- You must follow the « Etudes en France » procedure until you obtain a student visa
Create your private electronic file and follow the instructions. If necessary, contact the Campus France platform in your country of residence for more information
Warning : Make sure you select the following program on the Campus France platform: « Master Sciences, technologies, santé, mention Ingénierie de la santé / Université Paris Descartes – Faculté des sciences fondamentales et biomédicales – Site de Paris ». If you select another school than Paris Descartes, we will not be able to validate your file for you to obtain your visa. It will then be delayed.
Please let me know as soon as you submitted your COMPLETE application on Campus France, so that I can validate it.

2- You must concurrently apply on our website according to the application dates mentioned above or your application will NOT be examined.

More information: https://www.campusfrance.org/en/procedure-studying-in-France

NON-EUROPEAN STUDENTS BUT LIVING IN A COUNTRY NOT INCLUDED IN THE “ETUDES EN FRANCE” PROCEDURE

You must apply directly on our website according to the application dates mentioned above.
If your application is accepted, you will receive a you will receive an authorization of enrollment. From that point on, you will be able to undertake the procedures with the French Consulate in your country of residence to obtain a student visa.

More information: https://www.campusfrance.org/en/enrolment-non-European-student

NB. As visa matters tend to take a lot of time, we recommend that you apply as early as possible. We are not responsible for the obtaining of your visa, so you must anticipate and respect our batch schedule.

 

Please note that if you need an original copy of your letter of acceptance for the visa application procedure, we will mail it to you after receiving your request, via an international shipping company (UPS, Fedex or DHL depending on the country). All costs will be at your own expense.
If you send your request for an original  acceptance letter early enough, we might be able (if your country allows it) to mail it to you through regular mail. ln this case only, it will be free of charge for you.

ln any case, you must send your request for an original letter of acceptance before July 15th.

Warning: the deadline for our program is earlier than the Campus France deadline. Our deadline to ask if you can apply is November 30th (for the next academic year). So you need to apply between November 1st and November 30th of each year for the next academic year. You must attach to your request for an application to the Eiffel scholarship the following documents: CV, personal statement, transcripts from all your higher education years, higher education diploma(s) if applicable and one letter of recommendation.

Contact address: contact@bme-paris.com

Here is the procedure:

• Check if you are eligible in the Eiffel program guide: https://www.campusfrance.org/en/system/files/medias/documents/2018-10/vademecum_eiffel_2019_en.pdf

• If you are eligible, send us a request with all the documents mentioned above before November 30th (for the next academic year)
• If your application is selected by the BME-Paris master’s program committee, you will be informed and you will be sent an application form
• Fill out pages 1, 2 and 4 only
• Send your complete application with all the necessary documents before December 10th
• We will fill out the other parts and send it to Campus France

Send all your emails to: contact@bme-paris.com

NB. You cannot apply for the Eiffel scholarship on your own. You MUST contact us and follow the above procedure between November 1st and November 30th.

We strongly recommend that you look for other scholarships on your side (ask the French embassy in your country) because the Eiffel scholarship is extremely competitive and it gives priority to new comers, ie students who have never been to France before.

For students who are registered at PSL University : PSL University guide

For students who are registered at Paris Descartes University : Paris Descartes University guide

For students who are registered at the ENSAM, you can contact: Delphine Luchez or Christopher Martellet