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LIVING

Housing option: Living in a Host Family

This past year, I taught English as an assistant in Mayenne, France for a year.   During the summer before my arrival, the school offered different options for housing in the acceptance letter materials.  One option was to stay in the school-owned dormitory, taking meals in the dining hall, a freebie.  This setup sounded appealing, […] Continue

WORKING

Do Language Assistants Have to Pay Student Social Security?

A question I get a lot from students coming to France is whether or not you REALLY have to pay social security twice. If you're coming to France both as a student in a master's program AND a language assistant (TAPIF), it doesn't really make sense that you have to pay for coverage both as […] 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

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Warning: 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Study Abroad in France During the Summer

It's hard to leave your home university for a semester. I get it. You don't want to leave your friends or your dorm. You have classes to take towards your major that you need to finish. And you'd have to give up your post as Vice President of the Something Cool Association. So you may […] Continue

LEISURE

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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

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