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Registration with social security is obligatory, except for European students with a European Health Insurance Card.
The student must carry out this procedure themselves. Institutes can only provide information to students.
No, you are exempted from this condition.
It is the date of enrolment at the higher education institute, which cannot be before 1 September.
Until then, you will not be able to take out mutual health insurance (supplementary insurance) because you will not be registered with social security. The only remaining option is to take out full insurance cover, which is more expensive. It is therefore in your interests to carry out all procedures as soon as possible.
Generally, to the French consulate based in the country where the document was issued.
Students who are nationals of an EU/EEA Member State or of Switzerland must have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before coming to France. In this case, they must apply for it through the relevant channels.