A major challenge for the development of the European technical music instrument sector is to open training courses for international students. Only 3 to 4 European countries have adopted a more or less complete system for technical music training courses. France offers the widest range of training.
Become a student in France
If the candidate’s country of origin is not part of the European Union, an application for a long-stay visa or residence permit (VLS-TS) is necessary. The following websites may guide the candidate through the process:
On a local scale, these two websites give details about international students reception in Le Mans:
Become a student at Itemm:
At the arrival in France, the international student should present himself/herself at Itemm reception. A member of the teaching team will become the personal supervisor of the student. This person is in charge of advising the student and guiding him/her through the administrative steps necessary for setting-up in Le Mans.
Should the student not follow French language preparation course, he/she may directly arrive the day the vocational training starts or may arrive before for any information. In this way, he/she can meet the supervisor who is easily available.
Starting dates depend on the chosen option. All important dates as well as Itemms’ closing an opening periods are available on this page.
Should you need any urgent advice, olease do not hesitate to contact:
- Patrick Sinigaglia : international application coordinator, +33 (0)2 43 39 39 04 – email@example.com
- Catherine Thebault : secretary, + 33 (0)2 43 39 39 21 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact ITEMM : +33 (0)2 43 39 39 00 – email@example.com
At the arrival in France, several administrative procedures need to be carried out. The supervisor of each student is in charge of advising the student during the whole process and especially:
- Registration at the French family allowance fund called CAF (Caisse des allocations familiales) in order to benefit from a financial accommodation aid
- Subscription of health and civil liability insurances
- Opening of a bank account in France
- Subscription for electricity, water and insurance contracts for the flat (if necessary)
- Organisation of a French phone number
- Subscription to local transport offers and discount cards
University of Maine organises accommodation for the time of the French language preparation course for all students taking part in it. For the rest of the year and for all other students, it is necessay to find accommodation, if possible before the arriving in France.
A foreign student in France can benefit from the same financial aids than French students. In general, students should foresee a payment of a deposit as well as finding a guarantor for any kind of accommodation which complicates research for accommodation from overseas.
The website of Campus France enables students to discover the different accommodation types available in France in order to better understand the system.
The “Accommodation” page offers some specific advice regarding accommodation possibilities in Le Mans.
Should the student have difficulty in finding accommodation, Itemm recommends an intermediate solution for the first days. The Itemm team will help the sudent once in France finding accommodation for the whole year.
French Cost of Living
French cost of living may be very different from the international student’s home country. Itemm therefore recommends to foresee a minimum of 7000 € for daily life in France during one year. This amount includes accommodation cost, restoration as well as transportation costs for training periods, etc.
Campus France established a handbook for students and daily life in France which helps preparing a stay in France.