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General Information

Application procedures

To help you plan your stay with us in Icam, we have put together a Fact sheet about living in France and in Icam.

Dates and application procedures

  • Fall semester or entire academic year at Icam: April 1 – May 30
  • Spring semester: September 1 – October 31
  • Summer program: March 15

Application procedures for incoming students

Students coming from partner institutions are nominated by their internationalization office to Icam’s internationalization coordinators. 

Icam then validates the application and gets in touch with the students for the next steps.

  • Students from non-Partner Institutions : 

Please contact our international office to discuss the modalities of studying at Icam. 

VISA Requirements

All applicants from non-european countries need a visa to study in France. Students can contact Campus France or apply at the embassy or consulate of France in their home country.


Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants will help cover all or part of your expenses during your stay in Icam. Funding may cover your living expenses or tuition fees (if needed), or both. The list below is non-exhaustive. We recommend that you also consult funding options offered at your home country or consult the Campus France Grant Search Engine.

Campus France and Government Grants

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Created in 2010, Campus France is an organization whose vocation is to promote French higher education abroad. Its main missions are : to promote the French higher education system, to welcome and help international students and reseachers, and to provide support for international mobility. Campus France provides information on grants or assistance provided by different governments (French and foreign), regional authorities, companies, foundations, and institutions of higher educations. Different programs are available depending on your nationality, field and level of studies. Campus France provides an inventory of the available funding possibilities on its grants database.

Eiffel Scholarship Program of Excellence

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The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program was established by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to enable French higher education institutions to attract top foreign students to enroll in their masters and PhD programs.

It gives the opportunity to the future foreign decision-makers of the private and public sectors, in priority areas of study, and encourages applicants up to 25 years old from developing countries at master’s level, and applicants up to 30 years old from developing and industrialized countries at PhD level.

  • Application Deadline: January

La Fondation Féron-Vrau Student Loan

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The Féron-Vrau Foundation – which bears the name its two founders, Icam engineers themselves – issues honor loans to students in order to offer equal opportunities and access to education. The loan is open to students in need of support for their tuition fees, with an almost 0% interest rate (based on the France’s inflation rate), and reimbursable within five years after graduation. Féron-Vrau works on a pay-it-forward basis, repayments of loan help finance future student loans. Please contact us for more information.

  • Application Deadline: September

Housing Allowance from the CAF

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The French government provides rental housing subsidy via the CAF’s (Caisse des Allocations Familiales – the Family Allowances Fund) APL assistance (Aide Perosnnalisée au Logement- the personal accommodation assistance). International students staying in France for more than 3 months can apply for this housing allowance.

Monthly subsidy is determined by the type of rental accommodation, and starts at around 80EUR/month. The CAF’s website provides a better view of the eligibility requirements and an estimation of the amount of student housing aid you may be entitled to.

Self-funding via Engineering Internship Work Placement

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Students performing internships via Icam’s Master in General Engineering, Double Degree programs or one-year academic exchange are entitled to compensation according to French law. 

Employers will give you a salary of at least 650 EUR/month, although Icam students earn approximately 1000 EUR/month on average. This will help offset part of your expenditure while at Icam.

 

Country or Region-Specific Scholarship & Funding

Erasmus+ (Europe)

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Erasmus+ is the European program for education, training, youth and sport. It supports academic mobility, develops partnerships, and reinforces the capabilities of academic and research institutes. 

The Erasmus+ grants are available for study periods of 3 months and above, and may come in the form of contribution to travel and subsistence costs and exemption from tuition fees, depending on the agreement with the educational institutions and country of origin. 

Please contact us for more information.

BRAFITEC (Brazil)

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BRAFITEC (Brésil, France, Ingénieurs, Techologie) is an academic mobility program for engineering students created by a partnership between Brazil’s Fundação Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES – Coordination for the Development of Higher Level Personnel) and France’s Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) with the support of the CDEFI. 

The program supports students participating in joint research projects (7 months minimum) between French and Brazilian institutions, and consists of mobility travel grants and living allowances.  Please contact us for more details.

Charpak Scholarship (India)

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The Charpak scholarship program offers funding to Indian students enrolled in an Indian institution of higher education at Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level.

Three Charpak Scholarship Programs are offered by the Embassy of France in India: (i) Research Internships (ii) Exchange programs and (iii) Master’s Degree Programs.

  • Application Deadline: March

Fond de Solidarité – Société Générale Student Loan (Pointe-Noire, Democratic Republic of the Congo & Douala, Republic of Cameroon)

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Société Générale Cameroon recognizes the need to offer access to higher education, particularly to engineering studies, to Central African youth. To help in this development, Société Générale offers to cover 50% of the student’s tuition fees, at a reduced interest rate of 6%. Please contact us for more details. 

  • Application Deadline: March

 


 

Cost of living in France

Planning and handling your budget wisely is important to have a successful stay in France. Please visit Campus France’s website for up-to-date costs, including detailed visa application fees and procedures.

The monthly sample budget below can also serve as a guide for living expenses in France.

Housing 400-500 €
Electricity* 30 €
Food and Groceries 200-300 €
Transportation 30-35 €
Health Insurance 220 €
Mobile Phone Credit or Subscription 2-35 €
Internet Services* 10-40 €

* if not included in rental price of accommodation


 

Health insurance information

Requirements

Your health insurance has to cover (all) : 

  • Medical, surgical, pharmaceutical hospitalization and ambulances expenses
  • repatriation or medical transport in case of illness or injury
  • Assistance services (medical evacuation and repatriation to home country)
  • Personal liability (coverage of damage caused to third party, housing included)
  • Work accident (for internship)

Insurance policy

EU students are required to hold the European Health Insurance Card. Please do not forget to get the card from your health insurance provider before coming to France

 

Academic information

Semester dates

  • For Year B3 : from September to end of January and from February to the beginning of June
  • For Year M1 : from the end of September to the end of January and from the beginning of February to the beginning of July
  • For Year M2 : from the beginning of September to mid February and from the beginning of February to the beginning of July

Orientation Week

Third week of September or First week of February [Information, French courses…]

Study plans

Exchange students can choose different itineraries (B3, M1 or M2 semester/year). They can check the syllabus of each one on our website.

Transcripts of Records

One copy of the transcript of records will be sent directly to the home institution  and to the student by email.

Language Requirements

Classes are taught in French. Some of them are taught in English.

  • For Year M1 the first semester is entirely taught in English at Toulouse campus.
  • The applicant should have a sufficient level in French or English to follow classes without any difficulty. 
  • English : B2 level certificate or equivalent
  • French : A2+ level Certificate or equivalent

Grades

The grading system at Icam is the European grading system.

Exams and evaluations

Depending on the course, the type of exams or points of evaluation may differ. Written exams, oral exams,multiple choice questions, essay and group projects are common ways for a teacher to evaluate the students.

French language courses

Exchange students have access to French language courses without any extra charge. The courses are put in their schedule.

Bachelor Project and Master Thesis

Icam teaching pedagogy is strong on project-based activities which can take place either at Bachelor or Master level. Each thesis will be done under the supervision of an experienced project manager. 

This option offers the exchange students the possibility of working with firms under industrial contracts or to contribute to research activities undergoing at Icam labs.

The thesis can be conducted along with courses, or as the core academic activity of the semester. Project based activities will be mostly done in English (B2 level required). Basic level of French is mandatory (A2) to handle the normal day to day life in France.