Applications and admissions

    What are our application and admission procedures?

    This page will give you all the terms and conditions of applications and admissions to our educational programmes. You will also find information on the formalities to be completed if you are admitted to CEMEF. Finally, we provide you with some information on the living conditions at the laboratory as well as on the French Riviera in general.

    Candidatures et admissions au CEMEF


    How to apply depends on the educational programme you are interested in at CEMEF.

    In thesis

    To be a candidate for a thesis, you must hold a national Master's degree or another diploma conferring the degree of Master, engineering degree, or equivalent Bac+5.
    There must also be a match between the curriculum completed and the discipline of the proposed doctoral program.
    To apply, you must complete the online application form.

    >> see available PhD projects

    In Postgraduate Programs

    Candidates for the Postgraduate Programs must meet one of the following conditions:
    - be a young graduate with 5 years of higher education: engineer or Master's degree
    - holder of a foreign diploma of equivalent level
    - Holder of a Bac+4 diploma with 3 years of professional experience

    >> See the CEMEF Postgraduate programs

    In Postdoctoral felloswhips

    Candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship must have defended their thesis. To apply, submit your application via the online form.

    >> Check out the available postdoctoral projects

    In trainings

    The conditions for application and admission to a traineeship are straightforward. Internships at CEMEF mainly concern students at the end of their studies with an end-of-study project, either in their 3rd year of engineering school or in M2. The duration varies from 3 to 6 months.

    To apply, submit your application via the online form.


    Here is some information on the steps to follow for international students following their application and admission to CEMEF. Please note that this information is provided for information purposes only. It is up to you to find out from the appropriate authorities.

    Your application has been accepted and you have just been admitted to continue your studies at CEMEF. Make sure you have completed all the necessary administrative procedures before your arrival.

    1. If you are from a "Schengen area" country, you are exempt from the residence permit requirement. Your identity card is sufficient.
    2. You are a citizen of a third country, you need a visa..

    Here is the process in a few steps:

    1. CEMEF informs you of your admission and sends you a welcome agreement signed by the Prefect.
    2. You go to the Consulate or Embassy of France in your country to obtain your visa. There are several types of visa :
      a. Le long-stay visa valid as a student residence permit (VLS-TS "student") allows you to study in France for a period of four months to one year. When it expires, you must apply for a residence permit to stay in France.
      b. The Visa long séjour temporaire mention étudiant (VLS-T "student") allows you to study in France for a period of four months to one year. It is not renewable.
      c. The long-stay visa mention " passeport talent - chercheur " allows you to follow a PhD. It can be renewed in the form of a multi-annual residence permit.
    3. Upon arrival, if you came with a visa requiring validation, you will have three months to have it validated by the French Office for Immigration and Integration.

    Suggested documents to bring with you:

    this list is not exhaustive

    • Your valid passport
    • Birth certificate extract translated into French and legalized mentioning the surnames and first names of the father and mother
    • The CEMEF Host Convention
    • Copies of your higher education diplomas translated into French and legalized
    • The student card from your home university or school
    • Married students: copy of the marriage certificate translated into French and legalized

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    Practical life

    CEMEF is based on the Côte d'Azur, in the Sophia Antipolis technology park, 20 km from Nice, 20 km from Cannes and 10 km from Antibes. Sea and mountains are nearby. You can choose to live by the sea or in the hinterland, in a small or large town or in the countryside.


    There are several student residences on the Sophia Antipolis site. The site which offers many student residences in the agglomeration.
    If you wish to live outside a city (Antibes, Cannes, Nice), you will need to have your own means of transport.

    Moving by bus

    There are two bus stops for CEMEF, 20m away: "Sophie Laffitte" and "Skema".

    • line 230 Nice Sophia Express
    • The Envibus network serves all the communes around Sophia Antipolis.


    Students can take advantage of SKEMA's canteen at a special rate. It is located 5 minutes on foot from the school. A catering area is also available for staff who prefer to bring their own lunchbox. There are also snacks or foodtrucks in the surrounding area.

    Sports activities

    Sophia Antipolis is located in a forest park where you can practice running, walking and mountain biking. You will find the sport that suits you among the many clubs (football, climbing, paddle, basketball...). The sea and the mountains are close by and offer many natural possibilities.

    Cultural activities

    Whether you want to practice an art in a club (drawing, painting, theatre, poetry...), or go on a cultural outing (theatre, café-theatre, opera, concert, museum, festival...), the choice is wide.
    The students of MINES ParisTech on the Sophia Antipolis site run the association MSV, Association Mines Sport Valbonne (MSV) . It offers regular activities (volleyball, football, gardening...) or occasional activities (karting, stand-up paddle...). It has tickets at a preferential rate and lends equipment (skis, snowshoes for example).