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Study in Marseille, and find the best universities in Marseille.

France’s second largest city, Marseille sits on the sunny south coast and enjoys 300 days of sunshine every year, so it perfect for those wanting to combine undergraduate study with sunshine.

On the Mediterranean Sea it is popular holiday destination with many bustling street markets and places of historical interest. The cultural side of the city been recognised with Marseille being made European City of Culture for 2013.

The city has been a favourite with film directors with it being chosen as a location for such films such as The French Connection, Taxi, The Bourne Identity and Love Actually.

Study in Marseille?

A number of faculties from the three universities that make up the Aix-Marseille University are based in Marseille:

These universities merged on 1st January 2012 to become one institution called Aix-Marseille University. Undergraduate degrees are available at all the university’s campuses in Marseille.

Immigration and visas

If you are looking to study for an undergraduate degree in Marseille and are an EU citizen you will be accepted onto a graduate degree provided you fulfil the following:

  • Are studying in Marseille for more than three months.
  • Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution.
  • Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your graduate degree in France for its duration.
  • Have health insurance cover.
Non-EU students will need to apply for an extended-stay student visa, with residency permit (VLS-TS).

When a VLS-TS visa is issued, students will be given an official form that they must present to the French office of immigration and integration (OFII).

A VLS-TS holder must, upon arriving in France, send to the OFII by registered mail (return receipt requested):

  • The official form 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).
You can find out more about visas at Campus France -

Accommodation and living costs

Generally student accommodation in France is considered expensive, but Marseille is cheaper than many other places in the country especially considering it is a major town.

There are two main types of accommodation while studying:

  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence
  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
University accommodation is in very short supply, so most students end up living in private accommodation. The number of private student residences is on the increase, making it easier to find student accommodation in France.

CNOUS CROUS (the student social support service) and is usually reserved for government scholarship holders.

Campus France can help you with problems you might have with student housing in France, such as locating and reserving accommodation except for places in Paris.

What to do next

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