Preparing your scientific mobility

Find out all you need to know about the different steps to be taken in order to best prepare your scientific mobility.

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Before your arrival

All researchers must comply with the conditions concerning the right to stay and work in France. For international researchers wishing to stay in Bordeaux, the main steps to follow are outlined in this summary table which provides information concerning the formalities to complete according to nationality and the duration and means of funding of a stay. If you are a scientist-researcher on mobility in Bordeaux, you should obtain the following in the order below (please note that these procedures also apply to your partner and children if they are accompanying you).

Hosting agreement

The hosting agreement* specifies the purpose and dates of your stay in France, and thus determines the duration of the stay. It shows that the holder has sufficient funds to cover the costs of the stay and of repatriation. The signing host institution must make sure that the concerned party has health coverage and civil liability insurance.

Upon arrival

During your stay

Extending your stay

As soon as the renewal dates of your stay are confirmed, you must ask for a new hosting agreement* from your French host laboratory. You must also renew your residence permit* within 2 months before the date your residence permit / visa expires.

Leaving Bordeaux


In order to benefit from the Welcome Center for International Researchers’ assistance with these different steps, please register on the Euraxess France database.

  • *Please note: citizens of the European Union and the European Economic Area do not need a visa and therefore do not need to follow these procedures. In the same way, citizens of the European Union do not need a resident card.

Updated on 28/01/2022


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