Must students enroll in a specific health insurance plan while in the Dual BA Program?

Must students enroll in a specific health insurance plan while in the Dual BA Program?

In order to maintain their Sciences Po student status, non-EU citizens must subscribe and pay into the French Social Security system (called sécu) for all four years of the Dual BA Program. Social Security enrollment is administered by one of two different health insurance providers, LMDE and SMEREP, and students pay an annual fee (approximately €200) in order to maintain their enrollment. The services offered by each provider are nearly identical, and more information is available by visiting the LMDE and SMEREP websites.

While enrolled at Sciences Po in years one and two, students may also opt to enroll in supplemental health insurance (mutuelle) if they prefer to have additional coverage above and beyond what is offered by their basic health insurance plan. Students who choose to subscribe to a mutuelle in years one and two are not required to maintain this coverage for years three and four of the program, though they must still maintain their enrollment and pay into the French Social Security System during their time at Columbia.

While students are studying at Columbia in years three and four, they must also subscribe to coverage with an American health insurance provider, either through the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan or, for some U.S. citizens and permanent residents, through their parents’ health insurance plan. Columbia University does not recognize French Social Security for health insurance coverage while students are enrolled in Columbia classes.