Taking care of yourself while in France

All hospitals have an emergency room that is open 24 hours a day. Physicians and pharmacies are on call nights and weekends.

The renowned French system of health insurance reimburses a portion of participants' medical expenses in return for a mandatory annual contribution of 172 Euros. Student group health plans are available to cover all or part of that portion of your medical bills that is not covered by the basic national system. Premiums for such supplemental coverage start at 110 Euros per year.

The French health-care system is one of the best in the world. The level of care in French hospitals is of very high quality, and universal insurance makes care available to everyone.

Students, in particular, enjoy ready access to medical services and preventive care.

To be eligible for the national student health plan, students must be under 28 and enrolled in a participating institution of higher education. Students 28 and older must obtain private health insurance.