Frequently Asked Questions

What is the background of the AIV Master students?

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.

What do the AIV students become after graduation?

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.

What is ECTS?

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

How can I find my internships?

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.

What do you mean by a experimental internship ?

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

What do you mean by a theoretic internship?

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.

What is the university annual tuition fee?

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.

What is the living cost in Paris?

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

Are there any Fellowships available?

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 excellent curriculum, motivation and coherence of their M2 plan.

Where to look for fellowships?

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.