Start of Academic Year September 2021
The purpose of this document is to address your concerns about the current health situation.
This document will be continually updated; if you cannot find the information you are looking for, please send your questions to email@example.com and we will add these to this list of FAQs.
We would like to update you on the health situation in France.
Life in France has almost returned to normal with restaurants, shops, museums, cinemas and other leisure facilities having reopened in June.
The wearing of masks remains compulsory in all public areas.
Since 9th August, the Health Pass (pass sanitaire) has been obligatory and is required for the following:
- bars and restaurants open to the general public (including on terraces), with the exception of staff restaurants/school catering service or take-away meals, commercial road and rail catering businesses, room service provided by hotel restaurants and bars, and non-commercial catering activities which includes any distribution of free meals
- trade fairs and seminars
- health, social and medical services/establishments (e.g. clinics or hospitals), and for all those accompanying people to or visiting people in such facilities
- long-distance travel by public transport (domestic flights, TGV, Intercity and night trains, coaches)
Since 30th August 2021, the Health Pass has been obligatory for all persons and employees working in these places, establishments, services or events.
As of 30th September 2021, the Health Pass will also be obligatory for all minors of 12 to 17 years old in the aforementioned facilities.
As concerns the vaccination programme, on 1st September, France passed the threshold of 49 million French people having received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 82% of the adult population now fully vaccinated.
We are of course maintaining our regular remote entrance tests; you can therefore apply for any of our study programmes, wherever you are, by clicking here.
Furthermore, all our teams remain available to answer any questions you may have.
You can contact our representative: https://www.excelia-group.com/student-services/international-students/contacts/international-admissions-office
- 1 - Excelia Admissions Procedure
An application online is compulsory to take the admission interview.
GMAT and IELTS centres are closed. What other alternatives are there?
These tests are not required for our admissions procedure – you do not need to take them.
I'm having difficulty getting a reference letter. Can I still apply?
Yes. The documents that you need to submit in order to apply are a CV (optional) and proof of your current academic level.
I don't have a credit card and my bank is closed, so I am therefore unable to pay the 50 euros application fee. Can I still apply?
Yes. In this case, please send us an email:
- 2 - I have been accepted. What will happen at the start of the academic year?
Find all the information about the January intakes here
When does my study programme start? What is the deadline for delayed arrivals?
The start dates vary from programme to programme. We recommend that you contact our International Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I have already been accepted and I paid the deposit before the deadline indicated in my acceptance letter. I have therefore benefited from a reduction on my 2020/2021 tuition fees. If I defer my admissions until January, will I still be entitled to this discount?
Yes. The conditions for your September admissions will remain unchanged and will therefore be simply carried over to a January start date.
I need to provide proof of proficiency in English in order to finalise my enrolment at Excelia but at the moment I cannot register at a TOEFL, TOEIC or any other exam centre. What should I do?
Excelia has made it possible for you to take an online language test, free of charge, which will be accepted as part of your admissions procedure. This test will evaluate your reading and listening skills, as well as your writing and speaking ability. You will receive a score and a level in accordance with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). You will need to obtain a B2 level (minimum) in order to complete your admissions on your chosen programme.
This test is also accepted by many Campus France offices as part of your visa application (where applicable). Please contact your local Campus France office to check whether this is the case for you.
I have to submit proof of French language proficiency (TCF, TEF, DELF, DALF) in order to finalise my enrolment at Excelia but I am currently having difficulties signing up at the Institut Français in my home country. What should I do?
Excelia has made it possible for you to take an online French language test, free of charge, which will be accepted as part of your admissions procedure. This test will evaluate your reading and listening skills, as well as your writing and speaking ability. You will receive a score and a level in accordance with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). You will need to obtain a B2 level (minimum) in order to complete your admissions on your chosen programme.
However, please note that this test is not always accepted by Campus France as part of your student visa application (where applicable). Please contact your local Campus France office to check.
Furthermore, Excelia will allow students who have not yet taken a French language test to start their lessons. A French language test will be organised (in person or remotely) during the first term of the 2020/2021 academic year.
I have already confirmed my acceptance at Excelia by paying a deposit, but in view of the current world health situation, I have decided to stay in my home country. Is it possible to receive a refund?
Your plans to study in France are very important and Excelia will put in place all the necessary measures to enable you to study in the best possible conditions. We will consider your personal circumstances, so please contact us: email@example.com.
- 3 - Organising my stay in France
How will I find accommodation on one of the Excelia campuses (La Rochelle, Paris or Tours)?
Excelia benefits from an accommodation platform and access codes are sent out with the admissions letter. This platform, offered in several languages, enables you to: access offers of accommodation (student residences, host families, individual or shared accommodation), to be able to pinpoint the location of the accommodation, to look at photos of the accommodation, to make online reservations, and to chat with our accommodation team who will guide you in your search.
I reserved my accommodation through the Excelia platform, but now, because of the health crisis, I am unable to come to France. Will I be refunded?
Below, you will find the conditions for cancellation that apply if the reservation was made with a private landlord (note: student residences have their own cancellation policy):
"Cancellation due to force majeure"
- Cancellation more than 30 days before the start date of the contract: Refund of the first month’s rent + Studapart Fees + Studapart Guarantee
- Cancellation less than 30 days before the start date of the contract: Refund of the first month’s rent + Studapart Fees + Studapart Guarantee
- Entry date, as detailed on the platform, has already passed: Only the Studapart Fees + Studapart Guarantee will be refunded
As concerns COVID-19, cancellations linked to this health crisis are termed as cases of "force majeure". Supporting documents will be required in order to be able to receive a full refund prior to arrival, and only in the following three cases:
- The study visa was not issued (borders closed and/or orders received by consulate/embassies).
- The School is unable to host you nor organise distance learning – Admissions/Enrolment are therefore cancelled.
- All lessons in Semester 1 of the 2020 academic year (September to December) will be delivered remotely by the School/University.
As a student at Excelia, will I have access to the French Health system?
French medical cover is free for all students physically enrolled in a French educational establishment (on the condition that all relevant administrative formalities have been completed).
A nurse is also available on site for you to consult, to answer any questions you may have and to help you with any medical issues.
When I arrive at Excelia, will I be clearly advised of all COVID-19 health measures in place both in France and within the School?
The Student Life team, composed of people who speak several languages, is dedicated to welcoming international students. They will help you in your everyday life (accommodation, schooling, residence permit and other administrative formalities) and will also be your point of contact as concerns any questions you may have about the current health crisis. You will also receive clear and precise information upon your arrival.
Given the current economic issues linked to the health crisis, will it still be possible for me to carry out my company-based internship in a French company?
From 11th May, the French Government has authorised the reopening of the majority of companies. Therefore, carrying out an internship in France will more than likely be possible for the 2020/2021 academic year. The Corporate Relations team will be available to help you with this.