Health Issues

Boston University Paris does not take responsibility for consequences occurring from using the information below.

If you’re a little sick (with a low fever, sore throat, UTI, cough or stomach pain, for example) you can go to a pharmacy to get advice from the pharmacist. Pharmacies are on nearly every block in Paris and are easy to find: look for a lit-up green cross.

If it is more serious, make an appointment with a general practitioner.

If it is very urgent, go directly to a hospital emergency room.

If you are unable to get yourself to a doctor, call SOS Médecins at 01 47 07 77 77 & a doctor will come to you (60€).

If it is an emergency dial 15 for the SAMU emergency medical assistance service or dial 18 for the fire department.


Finding a Health Provider in Paris

When looking for a health provider, start here: List of Health Providers and Counseling Services, or consult the CISI website.


CISI Health Plan

Students are provided with comprehensive health and emergency travel assistance coverage through CISI International, as part of their program fee. The policy provides primary coverage to a limit of $250,000 for most medical costs, with no deductible.

CISI has set up direct billing arrangements with local health and mental health care providers, so that students do not need to make out-of-pocket payments for routine or emergency care. Coverage normally begins one day before the program’s official start date and ends one day after the program’s end date. Students may also purchase a 30-day extension of the coverage. Please pay particular attention to clauses relating to pre-existing conditions to determine whether this coverage meets your needs.

If you require assistance, your ID number is your CISI policy number: GLM N0498321A. You will need to reference that policy number, along with the name of the group (Boston University), your name, and birth date when contacting them.

In case of a medical emergency or to open a case before going to the American Hospital, please contact Team Assist at 001-312-935-1703 (calling from outside of the US, collect calls accepted) Team Assist email:

Preferred providers in the Paris region

preferred provider is a doctor or facility that has accepted direct claim payments from CISI in the past. If a provider you select is not indicated as a preferred provider, please be sure and contact our assistance company above to establish a direct payment process. This list includes hospitals, general doctors, specialists, dentists, psychiatrists.

For an updated list of providers, please consult the CISI website. Click on the myCISI link in the upper right hand menu.  The list of providers can be found in the link International Provider Search in the menu on the left of the page. Select FRANCE as the country at the top of the page & refine your results to Paris in the menu on the right.

If you go to another provider not listed, you’ll need to fill out a claim form.

Basic Vocabulary

Band-Aid: un pansement

Condom: un préservatif

Cough: une toux / tousser

Cramps: des crampes

Diarrhea: diarrhée

Faint: un évanouissement / s’évanouir

Fever: la fièvre

Flu-like symptoms: un état grippal

Headache: un mal de tête / J’ai mal à la tête

Pap Smear: un frottis

Prescription: une ordonnance

Sore throat: un mal de gorge / J’ai mal à la gorge

Stomachache: un mal de ventre / J’ai mal au ventre

Vaginal yeast infection: une mycose vaginale

Vomit: des vomissements / vomir