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.
As always, we would like to keep you informed of the latest news about the health situation in France.
As of 19th May, there has been an easing of certain restrictions:
- the reopening of shops, bar and restaurant terraces, cinemas and theatres (but with capacities being limited)
- the curfew is now 9:00 pm (instead of 7:00 pm)
Subject to the health situation in each French department, there will be a further easing of restrictions, as follows:
- 9th June: the curfew will be moved to 11:00 pm; bars and restaurants will be able to welcome clients indoors; sports facilities will be able to reopen; teleworking rules will be relaxed following consultation with social partners within companies
- 30th June: the curfew will end
On the 15th May, France passed the 20 million mark of French citizens having received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.
As health indicators regress and the country enters a new phase of post-lockdown, the government’s next objective is to reach 30 million people vaccinated in France by mid-June.
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.
- 4 - My online lessons
Which platform will be used for online lessons?
The specific platform for online lessons may vary for each study programme.
When will I receive the necessary login information for the platform?
Students will receive their login details one week before the lessons start.
What documents do I need to submit in order to be able to join the online lessons?
As for a standard enrolment with lessons on campus, you will need to provide proof of a B2 language level, a copy of your most recent qualification, and your student visa.
How will online lessons be delivered?
Some online lessons will be 'LIVE' with the teacher present, and other lessons will be pre-recorded and therefore be accessible on the platform. Students will also have the possibility of personal support from their teachers.
Do tuition fees have to be paid before the start of the online lessons?
No, students can pay any outstanding tuition fees when they arrive at the School.
If I start my lessons online, before obtaining a visa, and I am then denied a visa, will my deposit be refunded?
Yes, if your visa is denied, Excelia will refund the full amount of any deposit paid.