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LIVING

Can I get health coverage in France if I’m a student over 28?

If you’re a student in France, you normally get health coverage by signing up for a student mutuelle, like SMEREP or LMDE when you enroll in university. The cost of €211 must be paid by all students who aren’t covered under their parents’ insurance, and those who do not have a valid work contract that […] Continue

WORKING

Which convention collective applies to your job in France?

If you're thinking about getting a job in France in any field, one of the first things you should look at is the convention collective that applies to your new position. A convention collective is basically a collective bargaining agreement between the professionals in your area of work. Different conventions collectives apply to different areas […] Continue

TRAVEL

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

BUREAUCRACY

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What to Expect from Your OFII Medical Visit in France

A few months after you arrive in France, you'll get a letter from the Office Français de l'Immigration et de l'Intégration, or OFII, making an appointment for you to come in for your OFII medical visit. Once you get this letter, stating the date and time for your medical visit, clear your calendar for that […] Continue

EDUCATION

Scholarships for Studying in France: The Chateaubriand Fellowship

As part of our series on scholarships for studying abroad in France, today we're going to look at the requirements for the Chateaubriand Fellowship, a research stipend offered each year by the Cultural Services department of the French Embassy to the United States. The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a sort of research scholarship offered to doctoral […] Continue

LEISURE

A Visit to Van Gogh’s House in Auvers-sur-Oise

At the end of his life, Vincent Van Gogh lived in a small hotel in Auvers-sur-Oise, about 45 minutes outside of Paris by train, making it a nice day trip in late spring or early fall. Open to the public from April through October, the Van Gogh house is sparsely furnished (as it would have been […] Continue

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