FAQs - International students

International student FAQ

International students… do you have any questions? Here are answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions!

  • Contacting the International Admissions team

If you have any questions about your academic orientation (except for exchanges), administrative steps or the admissions procedure, you can locate one of our representatives near you or in France, and make an appointment with them.

Meet the team


  • Applying through our International Admissions procedure

What are the steps of the admissions procedure?

In a short video, we explain the various steps of the admissions procedure for international students.

What do I need to do?
  • Complete application form online 
  • Provide proof of current academic level – exam certificate(s), school report, etc.
  • Pay an Admissions fee of €50
  • Attach CV (optional)

View admissions information video

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Do I need to speak French to be able to apply?

No, not if the desired programme is taught in English. The admissions interview is carried out in the language of the chosen programme (French or English).

How is the admissions interview done?

You record yourself online, and this pre-recorded video will be reviewed by our admissions panel. You will need access to a microphone and a video camera.

What language test do I have to provide?

We require an officially recognised French test from students who are admitted to a programme taught in French, and whose native language is not French.

The required level is B2.


• We require an officially recognised English test (TOEIC, TOEFL, Cambridge, IELTS, BULATS etc.) from students who are admitted to a programme taught in English and whose native language is not English.

The required level is B2.


We offer our own English test which is free the first time and then costs €60 from the second time onwards.

When will I receive admissions results?

You will receive your admissions results by email within 6 days of your personal interview.

When do I have to pay my deposit?

All information will be included in your proof of admissions. You will have to pay the deposit within 2 weeks of receiving your admissions result.

Excelia has partnered with Flywire to provide our overseas families with an easier method of sending international fee payments. Flywire offers a best price guarantee when sending the payment by bank transfer, real-time payment tracking and 24x7 multilingual customer support.

Find out more


  • Financing my studies

Does Excelia offer any scholarships?

Excelia has applied every year, since 2019, to the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme, presenting its best international Master programme candidates, thus enabling students to obtain a scholarship and benefit from outstanding education.

More about the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme

How much are the tuition fees?

Tuition fees depend on the programme you have been accepted onto.

You can find details for each programme on our website.

Tuition Fees

How much does everyday living cost?


  • Enrolment

When do Excelia programmes start?

Excelia offers 2 start dates: January and September. This ensures that we can welcome all high school and university students from both the southern hemisphere and the northern hemisphere. These two start dates are also aimed at students who are looking to change study paths during the course of the academic year.
Whichever date you choose, you will enjoy a very special start to your studies with our Welcome Days events.

More about Welcome Days

What is Excelia’s deposit refund policy?

Excelia will refund your deposit if you do not receive your visa or if you do not obtain the required qualification to be able to join the programme.

When do the remaining tuition fees have to be paid in full?

To validate enrolment, non-EU students must ensure that all remaining tuition fees are paid in full before the first day of their academic year. Those students from an EU country have the possibility of paying in instalments.


  • Life on our campuses

How can I find accommodation?

For all our campuses, we advise you to use our online accommodation platform. In partnership with Studapart, this platform gives you access to hundreds of exclusive offers: studio apartments, flat- and house-shares, rooms in private homes, etc. and you will benefit from personalised support throughout your rental period.

View accommodation offers


Does Excelia supply ‘proof of accommodation’?

When sending out admissions results, the International Admissions team will also send you proof of accommodation which will enable you to apply for your visa.

Clubs and Associations

Excelia has nearly 60 clubs and associations which will enable you to achieve both personal and professional fulfilment during your studies. All our programmes have been designed to ensure that you have enough time to get involved in one of the clubs or associations. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a truly rewarding experience with strong added value for recruiters. You can choose between sport, communications, international projects, solidarity actions, networks and companies, etc.

More about our Clubs and Associations


  • Getting to our campuses

Where are Excelia campuses?

Since its creation in 1988, Excelia has continued to expand and is now located in several renowned cities in France, with 4 principal campuses.

To find out more about our campuses, simply click on the cities below to enjoy videos and read detailed descriptions:

La Rochelle




How do I get to Excelia’s principal campuses?

To facilitate your arrival on campus and to enable you to attend the start-of-year events, here is some practical information about the main means of transport:

Getting to La Rochelle ?

Getting to Tours ?

Getting to Orleans ?

Getting to Paris ?


  • Internships and students jobs

Will Excelia help me to find an internship?

Immersion periods in companies are an undeniable advantage in terms of your career path, which is automatically vocationally enhanced. Furthermore, your profile on the job market is immediately more attractive, resulting in improved employment prospects. You will be supported in your search for an internship by dedicated pedagogical coordinators, who will help you to work on your CV and cover letters. Excelia also provides an online platform with a wide range of internship opportunities and, in addition, there is the Talent Centre, where you will find valuable advice on the business world.

More about company internships

Does my student visa allow me to have a paid job?

Every international student has the right to work while studying in France. If you are not an EU national, you will need to hold a student residence permit. French law authorises international students to work 964 hours per year, the equivalent of 60% of the legal working time, as a secondary activity (50% for Algerian students whose status is still defined by the Franco-Algerian Agreement of 27th  December 1968). Note that a student job can only provide supplementary income.

Keep in mind that having a minimum level of French is required by the French companies.