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Warning: 5 Reasons You’ll Succumb to the “French 15”

If you've been to France for more than 5 minutes, at some point, you've wondered: How is it, REALLY, that French women don't get fat? Surely they must have some kind of magical metabolism that comes from proximity to cigarettes and espresso. If, like me, you're unlucky enough not to be born with the ability […] Continue


7 Red Flags that Your Au Pair Job Won’t Go Well

Working as an au pair in France has lots of advantages, but it also comes with the challenge of choosing the right host family and negotiating a fair work contract. In order to get a visa to come to France, you're going to have to establish a set of working hours and identify the services […] Continue


Weekend Trips: Verdun Battle Site and Cemetery

If you're interested in European history, you may want to visit Verdun in La Meuse, the site of one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of World War 1 and the impressive cemetery nearby. Only about 3 hours from Paris by train (change from the TGV to the local train in Metz or Meuse), Verdun […] Continue


4 Steps to Getting Reimbursed for Your Doctor’s Visit in France

If you're a student in a French university or working in France, you're automatically enrolled in the French national social security system, and you have health care coverage. Congratulations! Going to the doctor in France is not an expensive undertaking like it can be in the U.S., and while you may have to pay a […] Continue


How to Write a Kick-Ass Paper for Your Graduate Class in a French University

Contrary to American universities, where paper topics are often assigned, French professors generally allow students to come up with their own research topics beginning in university. This means that your professor will likely give you a bibliography or reading list at the beginning of the semester with "recommended" reading, and not talk about the paper […] Continue


30 Free Things to Do in Paris in September

It's the rentrée in Paris, which means everything that was closed in August should now be up and running. While there may be a few stragglers who haven't quite gotten back from vacation yet, there are plenty of free and pas cher things to do this month. Here's something for every day: Through 9/3. Hours […] Continue