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Welcome to international students

Your year studying in France

Get a head start on the school year

Are you planning to move to France to continue your studies and learn a new language? Its rich culture, the quality of life and the level of excellence of its education means France is an ideal choice.

Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice and many other cities are popular with international students. Whether you’re planning a short or long stay, HBSC Continental Europe is by your side. 

From the moment you decide to go abroad, your international bank can help you organise your project. And when you arrive, a range of banking services awaits to make your first day at school a success.

What are your advantages as an international student?

Your bank account, ready to welcome you

To rent an apartment or sign a utility contract you will need a bank account. By opening your account online and remotely(1)you will have access to all your banking services and payment methods upon arrival. Making the whole process a little easier.

Online services in French and English

Your personal online banking and the HSBC Continental Europe app are available both in English and French. It makes it easy to manage your accounts and benefit from all your everyday banking services.

We’ll help you learn the language

Online language courses with Babbel(2) : 20% off your first subscription. This offer is valid for a 3, 6- or 12-month subscription. 

International students at HSBC Continental Europe partner schools

If you’re studying at one of our partner schools(3), use the code HSBCETUDIANT when you open your account to benefit from:

Your card and your account for just €1 per year(4) for the duration of your studies: provision of a debit card (international payment card with immediate debit)(5) Visa Classic card.

€80 illicado gift card(6). For a list of partner brands, visit

Simple, fee-free transfers

No fees on your transfers between your euro HSBC Continental Europe accounts to all your HSBC accounts thanks to the Global Transfer(7) service.

How can HSBC Continental Europe help with your study abroad project?

New to HSBC?

If you are coming to France and want to open an account with an international bank, take a few minutes to fill out the following form.

Speak to an adviser

Do you need advice or help for your arrival in France? Talk to a branch adviser to discover our international services.

(1) Account opening accepted subject to approval by the Bank. All consumers have a right of withdrawal of 14 days for online subscription of a bank account.

(2) Offer valid for a first subscription of 3, 6 or 12 months to learn a language. Subscription fees for Babbel language courses are available at Offer reserved for individual HSBC Continental Europe customers, can be combined with other current offers, limited to one access per person or per tax household. To benefit from the offer, the customer must register with Babbel via the link dedicated to HSBC customers. Offer valid as of 1 January 2021, subject to change/deletion at any time. The terms and conditions of the Babbel service are those of the contract signed directly between the customer and Babbel and for which HSBC Continental Europe is neither a party nor a guarantor. HSBC Continental Europe cannot be held responsible for the performance of these services by Babbel and any consequences of such performance for users.

(3) Offer valid for a first account opened from Jan 1st to Dec 31st 2021. Specific pricing conditions apply for students aged 18 to 28 and students of a partner institution of the Bank. Subject to acceptance, and within the limits of the provisions of the contract. Contact your nearest branch or contact us directly for a list of partner schools.

(4) Preferential rate for subscription to the HSBC Hexagone contract during your period of study at the institution. Rate renewable each year upon presentation of a current student card. Offer subject to conditions, subject to acceptance by the Bank. Access to products and services may be restricted to certain persons or in certain countries / regions. 

(5) Within the meaning of Article D312-1-1-1 of the French Monetary and Financial Code. Subject to acceptance by your branch.

(6) Cumulative with other current offers and not applicable to HSBC Continental Europe employees. Card can be used as a means of payment in store and on the Internet, in one or more instalments, to the nearest cent in euros. Valid for 12 months.

(7) Global Transfers: up to USD 100,000 (or its equivalent) and subject to eligibility. Additional fees may be charged by French or foreign correspondents for a particular service or following a foreign exchange transaction. The exchange rate corresponds to the exchange price of the currency at the time the transaction is executed plus a variable margin depending on the amount of the transaction and the currency processed.

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