Frequently Asked Questions

Since the AIV Master is highly interdisciplinary, students with various backgrounds (biology, physics, medicine, mathematics, chemistry, computing, etc.) can enroll in the AIV Master program.

Most of our students (>80%) follow a PhD program either in France or in the top foreign Universities (Rockfeller, Harvard, etc.). Others work in the industry or start medical school.

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a unit of measure of the educational components of an education program. In order to validate their academic year, students must gather 60 ECTS.
Wikipedia : more about ECTS

A list of M1 and M2 internship proposals is posted under the “Internships” section of our website. In addition, you can contact one of our partner labs to discuss the possibility of doing a rotation with them.

An experimental internship focuses on involvement in scientific data production. It may concern setting up an experimental methodology, bench work, carrying out measurements etc.

A theoretical internship deals with data analysis, image analysis, numerical models, equations and the like. It targets appropriation of a theoretical approach and does not include direct data acquisition. It can also be extended to research in the realm of history and philosophy of science.

Once the admission in the master is agreed, you have to register at French University (256€ per year for all students*) and to student social security / French Health Coverage, which is around 220€ a year (except if you are still covered by your own national health coverage abroad, or by a personal insurance).

*In 2017, the tuition fee was 256 euros. This most probably will not be raised by more than the annual inflation rate. The 2018 fee will be posted here once communicated by the ministry.

Judging from the experience of our past students, living expenses in Paris amount to approximately 1000 euros/month.

Unfortunately there are no governmental or university fellowships available in France for the master level.
We do not have any fellowships for the M1 level but have a very limited number of fellowships for the M2 applicants, namely the Liliane Bettencourt excellence fellowships. The fellowships are awarded to interviewed candidates, based on their income, excellent curriculum, motivation and coherence of their M2 plan.

We urge you to start now looking actively for fellowships, including contacting your home-country French Cultural Center (CCF), Embassy or Consulate. In event that your application for fellowship depends on acceptance to the program, please contact us and we will do our best to process swiftly your application. A useful website to look for fellowships is Campus France.