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Family Planning Centers in France

The Centres de Planification et d'Education Familiale are basically France's equivalent of Planned Parenthood. The network consists of free clinics and medical offices where women can go for free family planning consultations and advice, as well as prescriptions for contraceptives and referrals to abortion practitioners (interruption volontaire de grossesse). - Free, private, non-biased family planning […] Continue

WORKING

Need a Job in France? Apply to TAPIF as a Local Recruit

If you applied to TAPIF last spring, didn't get accepted, and ended up coming to France as a student instead, you may still be looking for a way to make ends meet while you take French classes or work towards a master's degree. If you'd like a regular job teaching English 12 hours a week […] 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

France: The Bureaucracy I Love to Hate

I wrote this post in August 2010 for another blog I was working on at the time which is no longer online. I'm republishing it below: My student visa for France expires on July 26, so in order to legally re-enter France in the fall, I needed to go to the préfecture de police to […] Continue

EDUCATION

How do I find a Test Center for the TCF, DELF, or DALF?

If you want to study independently in a French university, you’ll need to provide proof that your level of French is sufficient for being able to succeed as a student. For most universities, this means providing proof that you have at least a B2 level of French on the European Common Language Frameworks, a standardized […] 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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