International Students

Students at Audencia come from all over the world: 7,200 students, including over 2,900 international students of 130 nationalities! We're a diverse group of people with a few important things in common: we're motivated, creative, optimistic and absolutely in love with our campus, community and city - our home.

Support for International Students

Accueil des Étudiants internationaux

Audencia will assist and guide you in all administrative procedures and daily life matters. We can advise you on the following topics - as well as things that didn't make the list!

  • Course information and grades
  • Campus information
  • Student associations
  • Housing options
  • French social security insurance
  • CAF housing allowance
  • Opening a bank account- watch the Campus France tutorial

Help from French students 
We also have a student association for international students - the BDI. This team is made up of enthusiastic French students who are here to give you insider tips on living in Nantes, activities and cultural events, and studying at Audencia. You'll meet them during your orientation week at Audencia!


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Take advantage of our dedicated housing platform. With our partner Studapart, you will have access to hundreds of exclusive offers: studios, shared flats, homestays... and benefit from personalized support throughout your stay!

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From application to booking, you can do it all online on the platform. To get started, click on "Tenant Space" and log in with your Audencia login or your personal email address. Book your accommodation online and benefit from the Studapart Guarantee and the support of a team of multilingual professionals available 6/7d.

You don’t have a guarantor living in France? 
Studapart can replace your guarantor for the entire duration of your stay. 

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A guarantor is a person who provides financial security and certifies that you are creditworthy. It's difficult to rent an apartment in France without a French guarantor. In most cases, student residences and landlords require your guarantor to earn an income in France. 
You can get the Studapart Guarantee directly on the platform and add it to your rental application to find accommodation on the Studapart platform or anywhere else! 
Alternatively, you can use Visale, the free deposit service for students. Watch the Campus France tutorials.

Cost of living

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Here is a typical budget that includes the approximate expenses you may incur during your time in Nantes at Audencia's main campus.

Keep in mind that every student is different and your spending habits will determine whether you fall above or below the average.

If you are a non-European student studying at Audencia, we recommend that you purchase international travel insurance, personal liability insurance and international health insurance valid for the duration of your stay in France.

If you are a European student, remember to bring your valid European Health Insurance Card!

Health insurance in France may be very different from what you have at home. Requirements and procedures vary depending on the length of your stay, your age, your country of origin and whether or not you are a full-time student. Visit the CampusFrance website for more information.


Students enrolled in a French higher education institution are subject to a fee known as the CVEC (Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Campus).

The CVEC applies to French and foreign students enrolled in a program of study at a public or private higher education institution in France.

The CVEC is currently €91 per academic year and can be paid online. See the CampusFrance website for more information. 


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All non-European students studying in France for more than three months must apply for a student visa - and certain nationalities require visas even for short stays. Check the France Visa website as a start, then apply to the nearest French consulate or embassy no later than three months before your expected date of arrival.

The information below is a general overview of the visa process for studying as an exchange or degree student at Audencia. For more detailed information and guidelines, particularly regarding the regulations for your country of origin, please visit the CampusFrance website or the website of the French embassy or consulate in your country.

If you decide to stay in France beyond

If you decide to stay in France beyond the time allowed by your student visa, you may be eligible to apply for a residence permit known as a titre de séjour.

This situation arises if:
The duration of your studies is longer than the duration of your student visa (more than one year). 
You have found an internship or job in France after your student visa has expired.

See the CampusFrance website for more information.

You must go to the préfecture (government bureau) to apply for a residence permit within two months of the expiration date of your student visa:

Nantes Préfecture 
6 quai Ceineray 
BP 33515 
44035 Nantes CEDEX 1 
Directions: tramway line 2, Stop at 50 otages