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Pre-arrival checklist

Pre-arrival checklist

  1. Contact the Service Logement if you need help with housing
  2. Obtain passport, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and student visa (for non-Europeans)
  3. Register for classes online
  4. Keep emergency numbers with you
  5. Note address & phone number of ESDES and your accommodation
  6. Give your contact information to people at home who may need to get in touch with you
  7. Carry a copy of the directions for arrival with you
  8. Photocopy all important information (visa, passport, birth certificate, insurance coverage, travelers cheques, prescription medication, permanent ID/driver’s license, etc) leaving a second copy at home or make a scanned copy of the above information that you can access through your email
  9. Make a note of your nearest consulate in case of an emergency.
  10. Have enough cash in Euros to get you through the first few days (we would recommend roughly €200 so you can buy food, emergencies, start up your bank account, mobile contract etc). You can always cash this into your bank account once it is set up.
  11. Pack something from your home country/culture to share (e.g. costume, flag, snack, recipe, etc)
  12. Learn a few words in French and bring a French dictionary or phrase book to help you.
  13. Be ready for a cultural transition
  14. Contact ESDES ISC (welcomeibp@gmail.com) to see how they can help you during your stay in Lyon.