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
NB. Even if your Bachelor’s degree is a 4 or 5 year program as it is the case in some countries, You MUST apply for the M1.

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
    • being a 2nd year student in an engineering school (particularly Arts et Métiers, Mines Paris Tech/PSL, Chimie ParisTech/PSL and ESPCI Paris/PSL) affiliated with the Master BME  Paris master’s program for a double diploma
    •  being a 2nd year student at ENS Paris/PSL
     
  • For students and graduates in medicine, pharmacy or dentistry:
    • being a 3rd year student in a Medicine-Science or Pharmacy-Science program (including those of Université de Paris or l’Ecole de l’Inserm Liliane Bettencourt) provided that you validate a total of 240 ECTS by the end of the present academic year
    • being an resident (« interne ») or a 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 engineering students’ 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 in their original language AND the certified translation in French or English (merged in two PDF files maximum)
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

5. Photocopies of ALL of your diplomas from your higher education years in their original language AND the certified translation in French or English (merged in two PDF files maximum)
NB.
Diplomas in the process of being validated 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. TWO letters of recommendation in English or French only
If you have only one or none in your possession, you will have to send a request to your academic recommenders through the online form.
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).

NB. The request for recommendations will only be sent to your referees once you submit your application form. If you don’t submit it, no request will be sent.

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.

If your application is not complete, it will only 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 in English.

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 1st 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

NB. As the number of applicants increase each year, there is a possibility that replies might be delayed by a few days. so if you do not get a reply right on time, it doesn’t mean that your application is rejected. It means that the admission committee hasn’t been able to examine your application yet.

Students accepted into the program will be required to enroll at one of the three partner institutions (Arts & Métiers, Université de Paris or Université PSL). It will mainly depend on their background (e.g. students who obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Université de Paris 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.

Please note that they are provisional dates and might be changed (by a few days only though).

No schedule will be provided before the kick-off meeting other than the events mentioned below. You must know that it is a full-time program though.

Semester 1: September – January

Christmas break: December 19th 2020 – January 3rd 2021 (included)

Semester 2: January – mid-July or mid-September depending on the date of your oral defence or if you have to take re-sit exams

Kick-off meeting for all BME Paris students
It takes place on the first Tuesday of September (e.g. September 1st 2020*) but you must be registered before that day.

Integration days for M1 BME students
M1 students must attend the 3 integration days which will take place on September 2nd, 3rd and 4th 2020*. 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 Paris students
It takes place during the second full week of September from Monday morning to Friday night (September 7th until September 11th 2020).
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.

NB. When booking your travel tickets, make sure the dates correspond to the dates mentioned above. No absence will be tolerated.

* Subject to modification

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 11th 2020).
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 de Paris, Arts & Métiers and Université PSL), regardless of where you enrolled.

Expenses

The tuition fees for European students will be as usual and the exact amount will be announced in July but it is usually around 350€* for the M1 (including the CVEC) and 700€* for the M2 (including the CVEC and the mandatory Interdisciplinary Seminar).

As far as Non-European students are concerned, we will get some information in July. If we find out before July, it will appear here. There is a high probability that the tuition fees for non-European students will be as Campus France announces below. So bear in mind this possibility.

This is the information which Campus France published about the 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.

* subject to modification

We do not provide housing, therefore you will have to look for an accomodation on your own.
Case 1: 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/

 
Case 2: you already know in which University/School you will have to register (Arts et Métiers, Université de Paris or Université PSL)
  • For students who will be registered at Arts et métiers (which doesn’t have a guide), here is the information the Arts et Métiers 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.studapart.com/en/ or https://www.campusfrance.org/en/VISALE-free-security-deposit-for-students

Students will not pay for the student social security anymore BUT each student MUST report to the social security center closest to their place of residence in order to register for social security.

Whether you are a French or an international student, you can find he procedure on Ameli.fr. Please follow the instructions and proceed: https://www.ameli.fr/assure/droits-demarches/etudes-emploi-retraite/etudes-stages/etudiant

Social Security hotline:

  • in English from France: 0 811 36 36 46 – 0.06 € / min + price of call
  • in English from abroad: 0033 811 36 36 46
  • in French from France: 3646 – 0.06 € / min + price of call

Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Social Security provides students with social coverage while studying in France. To increase the amount of their healthcare expenses that is reimbursed, they may take out complementary health insurance, or mutuelle. It is strongly recommended. To get more information: https://www.campusfrance.org/en/healthcare-student-social-security

European students: if you have the « carte européenne d’assurance maladie » (European Health Insurance Card), you will have to make the advance payment of your medical costs which will be (partially or fully) reimbursed afterwards.

Students from Québec: there is a special form (SE-401-Q-106) that also allows you to be reimbursed (partially or fully) afterwards after you make the advance payment of your medical costs.

  • Each student MUST get the following insurance coverage:
    • French social security, mandatory (cf Healthcare system section)
    • Complementary health insurance (mutuelle), strongly recommended (cf Healthcare system section)
    • Civil liability insurance (responsabilité civile) to cover you from damages caused to others, mandatory

NB. Civil liability insurance covers personal injuries or property damages you may have caused to a third party, voluntarily or involuntarily, during private, curricular or extracurricular activities, on or off campus, in France or abroad.
Please be aware that this type of insurance does not cover any personal injuries or property damages that you may sustain.
Civil liability is usually included in the housing insurance you subscribe to when you rent a room or an apartment. But if you stay at a hotel, share an apartment or stay at a friend’s free of charge, and hence do not have any insurance contract, you must subscribe to an individual civil liability insurance.
For reference, this type of insurance is now offered by most banks, in addition to major insurance companies. We suggest that you inquire at the bank where you opened your bank account in France.
You must verify that your current Civil Liability insurance also covers you during your internship. Contact your insurance provider and explain clearly what you are about to do.

  • Foreign students must know the following:
    • It is strongly recommended for foreign students to include the repatriation clause in their personal insurance in case you need to be sent back to your country for medical reasons.
    • It will take some time for your registration at social security to proceed. Therefore, it is mandatory that you take an insurance in your home country which will cover you for everything for the first 3 months of your stay in France.

Warning: do not count on your credit card (carte bleue) to cover you for civil liability and complementary health insurance. Moreover, you must be really careful about the cases in which you are covered in general because they are usually very rare.

METRO-BUS-RER-REGIONAL TRAIN

There are 14 Metro lines and 5 RER lines that enable you to move quickly in Paris or Ile-de-France.

The first Metro services start at around 5:30 am and the last ones finish at around 12:30 am on weekdays and 1:45 am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings of public holidays. Full details available on www.ratp.fr/en/

TRAVEL PASSES AND FARES

Imagine’R package (student pass 26 years-old and under) www.imagine-r.com

Forfait Navigo available weekly (€ 22,15) or monthly (€ 73). www.navigo.fr

More information including maps and routes on www.ratp.fr/en/

VELIB

Velib is a simple and free rental bike system. With over 23,600 bikes covering the city, available 24/7 all year long in 1,800 stations every 300m, Velib is a great alternative way to move around in Paris.

Full details including subscription rates, map of stations, cycling tours are available on www.en.velib.paris.fr/

International students

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

“European” students are nationals of:
• 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 de Paris, Arts et Métiers 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 neither 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 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 send your complete application 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 in English
  • Personal statement in English
  • Ttranscripts from all your higher education years in English or French only
  • Higher education diploma(s) if you have any at the time of application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A certificate of English language (IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge).

Contact address: contact@bme-paris.com

Here is the procedure:

• Check if you are eligible in the Eiffel program guide: https://www.campusfrance.org/fr/le-programme-de-bourses-d-excellence-eiffel

• 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 and 2 only
• Send your complete application with all the necessary documents before December 10th at 6pm CET time
• 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 (contact@bme-paris.com) 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. If you are already living in France at the time you are applying, the BME Paris committee will not select your application.

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

For students who are registered at Université de Paris : Université de Paris guide

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

You can find more information and answers to your questions in the FAQ section.