Important dates of the academic year 2022-2023

Start dates:

  • for M1 students:
    • Monday, August 29 2022: Welcome week
    • Monday, September 5 2022: Beginning of lectures
  • for M2 students:
    • Monday, September 5 2022: Welcome day
    • Tuesday, September 6 2022: Beginning of lectures


  • Saturday, 29 October 2022 to Sunday, 6 November 2022
  • Thursday, 21 December 2022 to Monday, 2 January 2022, inclusive
  • Saturday, 11 February 2023 to Sunday, 19 February 2023

Application deadlines and submission

Applications can be done either at Mines Saint-Étienne school or at Université Jean Monnet. You should be accepted in priority in the institution where you applied, but we may transfer applications from one institution to the other.

Applying online takes only 10 minutes, providing that you have the requested documentation ready.

Mines Saint-Étienne

  • Deadline for non-EU applicants, applying through Campus France: 31 March
  • Deadlines for EU applicants: 31 May
  • Final notification: 1 July

Application form

Université Jean-Monnet

  • Deadline for non-EU applicants: 10 May
  • Deadlines for EU applicants: 30 June
  • Final notification: 31 July

Application form

Admission procedure

Once you receive the notification, you need to officially commit to the Programme by completing a Letter of Commitment. Additional info regarding housing & banking service, your financial ability to cover expenses associated to your participation in the Programme and the cost of living during the full period of your enrollment in the Programme need to be informed.

Upon reception of your letter of commitment and subject to demonstrated evidence of financial means, the administration will send you a scan of your certificate of admission, signed by all hosting institutions, stating the precise dates of the Programme mobility scheme that will serve supporting all visa applications you’ll need to undertake during the Programme.

You will need also a certificate of residence to apply to a French long-stay student visa. See below for accomodation options.

Student VISA Application

EU citizens or the European Economy Area (EEA): no visa required (a valid passport or ID card is sufficient)

Non-EU citizens: Apply for a french long-stay student visa. There is an official website for visas in France. Feel free to browse it to obtain any information you may need to prepare for your studies in France. Based on our previous experience, visa issues demand much time and attention. Sometimes it might take up 4 months. For a more effective result, please start with the visa paperwork as soon as possible. (i.e., as soon as you have received the certificate of admission and certificate of residence.

Application procedure subject to country of origin: please contact the French embassy or consulate in your home country and the local Campus France Office when relevant for the academic interview prior to the visa application.

Housing in Saint-Étienne

Admitted applicants that have committed to the CPS2 Master program will receive information and help for booking the residence. Examples of residences:


Here is the information you can read to help you organise your arrival and studies in Saint-Étienne, once you have been accepted into the CPS2 programme.

Flight booking and travel arrangement are your own responsibility. We advise you to book your flight ticket as early as possible. A return ticket is always cheaper than a single one: think ahead if you wish to go back home for the winter break (last two weeks of December). You can book a flight to the cities of Paris or Lyon depending on the best fare you can get, both destinations being equally convenient to come to Saint Etienne.

Once you’re in France, you must settle by Monday the 7th of September in the residence you’ve booked.

Don’t forget to bring some cash in Euros (at least 200 € for travel expenses).

From Paris Airports (CDG, or ORY)

From Paris Airports airport, you can either:

  • take the subway to the train station Paris Gare de Lyon, then take a high-speed train to Lyon or Saint-Étienne. There are usually 2 or 3 direct journeys from Paris Gare de Lyon to Saint-Étienne. It takes 2h45 and cost vary significantly depending on time of departure and date of booking, from €50 to €100 .

  • from the train station in the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG), there are trains to Lyon Part-Dieu. The journey takes 2h and cost vary significantly depending on time of departure and date of booking, from €50 to €120.

NOTE: Train tickets can be purchased upon arrival directly at the train station, or you can buy e-tickets with a QR-Code online.

From Lyon

From Lyon Saint Exupéry airport (LYS), you must take the Rhonexpress train from to Lyon Part-Dieu train station, the journey takes 30 minutes and cost around €15.

From Lyon Part-Dieu train station, there are regional trains (“TER”) to Saint-Étienne Chateaucreux train station. There is a train running every 30 minutes, the journey takes 45 minutes and cost around €12.

NOTE: Train tickets can be purchased upon arrival directly at the train station, or you can buy e-tickets with a QR-Code online.

Once in Saint Etienne

From Saint-Étienne Chateaucreux train station, you can easily reach your residence by tramway (a tram station is located in front of the train station and ticket can be purchased at the tram station).


  • Université Jean-Monnet:
    • Manufacture Campus - Tram stop “Cité design”
      • for courses: building CSI (Centre du savoir et de l’innovation)
      • Data Intelligence Team @ Laboratoire Hubert Curien (F-Building)
  • Mines Saint-Étienne school
    • Main building - 158 cours Fauriel (Bus M6 « Ecole des Mines »)
      • for administrative tasks
    • Espace Fauriel – 29 rue Pierre et Dominique Ponchardier (Bus M6 « Espace Fauriel »)
      • for courses
      • Computer science and intelligent systems @ Mines Saint-Étienne (4th Floor)

Health Insurance

French Health Insurance is free for international students. International students have to register online by themselves as soon as they have proceed to administrative registration at MINES Saint Etienne school.

  • Civil liability: Mandatory, approximately €15 to be paid at Mines Saint-Étienne school.
  • Repatriation: Recommended


National tuition fees apply for both M1 and M2.

For a candidate on a single course outside the EU, the fee is normally €3,770. For an EU candidate, the fee is €243. Until now there is always a partial exemption from tuition fees by decision of the director, bringing the fee down to €243 for all candidates, but we cannot yet guarantee that this will still be the case in future years. See also Campus France

Université Jean-Monnet charges an additional €250 per semester for:

  • Obtention of the University Diploma from UJM
  • A Welcome week (explanation of the “academic landscape” and general, company conference, …).
  • French courses;

Living Expanses

Approximately €700/month, including local transport, food and housing. Housing benefit for EU students and non EU students with a long stay visa approved by the French Office for Immigration and Integration, which is equivalent to a residence permit.

Student Life

90% of Mines Saint-Étienne students live in the friendly and comfortable “Maison des Elèves”. They have access to over 40 organised student associations (international association, sports, arts, culture, entertainment), as well as a rich programme of events and activities offered to the student community from Saint-Étienne and Lyon (25,000 students, 3,000 international students, 30 nationalities only for Saint-Étienne campuses). You will have an inception week to meet all your new classmates

Other essential Informations

About the housing allowance (CAF)

If you’re a non-European student and need a residence permit, the payment of housing allowance will only start when your residence permit is issued and when the CAF has received a copy of your residence permit. However, we’ll help you to required this housing allowance as soon as the inception week because the date of this is the date of the request that will be taken into account to calculate your rights. Make sure that you have with you all originals or certified copies of your application and a translation in French of your birth certificate (The CAF office will require it to process your student housing benefits).

About the French health insurance

Subscribing a student health insurance and civil liability along administrative registration at the Mines Saint-Etienne is compulsory for all students under 28 years old or less at the 1st of October of the academic year:. If you’re older than 28 years old, you can benefit from the France’s Universal Health Insurance Coverage (“Couverture Maladie Universelle”).

About the residence permit

European students don’t need a residence permit to study in France. Non-European students are required to apply for a residence permit to OFFI upon arrival. When the VLS-TS visa is issued, the consulate will give you an official form (with instructions). Mines Saint-Étienne school entered into agreement with OFFI, (the “Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration“). You are not therefore requested to contact directly OFII, the International Office will process the application on your behalf. Following documents will be required:

  • The official form you received from the consulate that issued the visa; A copy of passport pages showing the visa holders identity and the stamp indicating entry into France (or into the Schengen area); a fee of €58 will be charged. You may be in addition requested to have a medical check-up before issuance of the residence permit.
  • The residence permit is a sticker on the French visa and is valid 1 year and allow you to stay up to 90 days in any country of the Schengen area. Both visa and residence permit must therefor be renewed in case you’re coming back to France for the summer break or Master Thesis (Semester 4).
  • Algerian students need to apply to a residence permit within 2 month upon arraival and will be also subject to this tax. However, because they do not obtain an extended-stay visa with residency permit, they may not use the virtual stamp purchased online. Instead, they must purchase the paper version.