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Before my arrival

If you're planning a mobility at the University of Strasbourg for your studies, research, teaching, or work, refer to this checklist:

  • Secure funding for your mobility;
  • Obtain a visa if necessary;
  • Enroll at the university;
  • Prepare your housing search.

Don't forget to bring the essential documents with you.

1 - Funding Your Mobility


Take the time to create a budget before your departure!

For a stress-free move, it's crucial to have the financial means to cover the cost of living in Alsace. Depending on your situation, you may have the opportunity to apply for various sources of funding:

  • Grants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Grants from French embassies abroad
  • Grants from the Erasmus+ program
  • Other available grants.


The first step as a doctoral student, postdoc, salaried researcher, or visiting researcher, coming to Strasbourg, is to ensure that you have sufficient resources to carry out your research with serenity. Various funding options are available depending on your situation:   

  • Doctoral contract;
  • CIFRE contract;
  • Scholarships;
  • Project-based funding.

2 - Getting a Visa


Depending on your nationality, your situation and the length of your stay, you may need to get a visa to study, work, research or return to France after graduating.


Once your stay is organized and funded, if you are not a European, you will need to anticipate your visa application, as well as those of your family members if they are planning to accompany you. Depending on the nature of your funding and the length of your stay, you will need to apply for a specific type of visa:

  • Schengen short-stay visa;
  • Long-stay student visa;
  • Long-stay Passport TalentResearcher visa;
  • Long-stay Passport TalentFamily visa;
  • Scientific Researcher visa.

3 - Register at the University


[Admission Procedures]

International students wishing to study at the University of Strasbourg must follow specific admission procedures.  Depending on your nationality, your country of residence and the type of studies you want to pursue, you can apply through:

First year admission

  • Parcoursup
  • DAP studies in France

Admission to a second or third year of a Bachelor's or a Master's (Licence 2, BUT 2 and 3, Licence 2, Licence professionnelle, Master 1 and 2)

  • Studying in France
  • Ecandidat
  • Mon Master


If you come to the University of Strasbourg to do your Ph.D. or to complete your Habilitation to supervize research (Habilitation à diriger des recherches), you will need to go through the administrative registration process.

Please be sure to inquire in advance about the registration procedures and the documents required by the doctoral school associated with your academic field and your prospective thesis or habilitation advisor.

4 - Planning Your Housing Search

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Finding accommodation in major French cities takes time. To increase your chances, it's important to start your search at least 2 to 3 months before your arrival.