STUDENT LIFE

Student life

Mauritius is an island located in the Indian Ocean. It is less than 2000 km away from the African continent with a population of 1.3 million. Its topography is composed of mountains and hills around a central plateau of volcanic origin. The country has several small islands in the vicinity and the capital is Port Louis. International students have a unique opportunity to discover different cultures and traditions in Mauritius in a multiracial country where ethnic groups from Africa, Asia and Europe mix easily. Mauritians are trilingual in English, French, and Mauritian Creole. The country has many other languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Mandarin and Cantonese, among others.

Mauritius’ economic and political stability has generated the most competitive economy in Africa. Mauritius has some of the most developed infrastructure in the Africa/Indian Ocean region with state-of-the-art facilities in the telecommunications and medical sectors.

Accommodation & cost of living

Different types of accommodation are available for international and local students.

Student Life Residences (SLR) is located on the Uniciti Education Hub campus just minutes away from ENSA Nantes (Mauritius). Different types of accommodation, such as studios and shared apartments, are offered to meet each student’s budget. More details on housing types and fees are available on the Student Life Residences website. Apartments, houses, individual studios and private rooms near the campus are also available. For more information, please contact the school.

The cost of living in Mauritius and tuition fees are relatively affordable compared to European and other countries. The currency of the country is the Mauritian rupee (MUR) and the conversion of this currency is beneficial. Living expenses include accommodation, food and travel. Local transport between the place of residence and the campus is free for students in Mauritius. A medical insurance policy is required for all students enrolled at ENSA Nantes (Mauritius).

Your living costs will depend on where you choose to live in Mauritius. On average, you should expect to spend between 157,000 and 287,000 MUR (about 3,600 and 6,600 euros) per year.

Student visa

Immigration procedures for international students in Mauritius are relatively straightforward and fast. Procedures are done through ENSA Nantes (Mauritius). All you have to do is send the required documents and the institution will apply for the entry permit in Mauritius on your behalf with the government office in charge of visa applications (the Passport and Immigration Office).

Once in Mauritius, the ENSA Nantes (Mauritius) team will guide you and help you obtain your VISA/residence permit as a foreign student in Mauritius. The duration of the visa will depend on the length of the course you have enrolled in.

Immigration procedures for international students in Mauritius are relatively straightforward and fast. Procedures are done through ENSA Nantes (Mauritius). All you have to do is send the required documents and the institution will apply for the entry permit in Mauritius on your behalf with the government office in charge of visa applications (the Passport and Immigration Office).

Once in Mauritius, the ENSA Nantes (Mauritius) team will guide you and help you obtain your VISA/residence permit as a foreign student in Mauritius. The duration of the visa will depend on the length of the course you have enrolled in.

Students Associations

The student association (BDE), “Parallel”, established in 2017, aims to bring students together for various activities, to link the administration of ENSA Nantes (Mauritius) with students and to maintain a quality student experience within the school. The association is managed by an elected president and vice-president each year and includes several subcommittees that oversee the various aspects of student life – sponsorship, public relations, athletics and sports, activities, culture and equipment. A calendar of activities is established at the beginning of the semester by the association that contributes to campus culture. The President and Vice-President are also present at the orientation commissions.

Isik’Archi

Isik’Archi is an association founded in 2020 by Malagasy students and former architecture students of ENSA Nantes (Mauritius). Its main goal is to promote architecture in Madagascar since architecture is a neglected field in the country. Few people know the real meaning of architecture and there are only 67 registered architects in 2020 for the whole island. As a result, the role of the Isik’Archi association is to share a common interest in architecture, to raise awareness about the value of Malagasy architecture and, above all, to guide and support students in their careers. Activities organised by Isik’Archi are local-based (Madagascar), online (namely via contests and webinars) and even on an international level, involving Mauritius and France. Isik’Archi therefore welcomes anyone around the globe who has an interest for architecture.