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LIVING

Staying Safe in Paris: Can I Legally Carry Pepper Spray in France?

If you're nervous about living in the big city, and not sure how to stay safe once you've moved to Paris, you may consider buying pepper spray just in case something happens. While physical violence is relatively rare in France, there's no shortage of pickpocketing and petty crime. Having a strategy for defending yourself and […] Continue

WORKING

Top Ten Rules of Business Etiquette for Working in France

Whether you're completing an internship in France or getting hired permanently by a French company, you're going to want to do your best to be professional and fit into the company culture. While that's important anywhere you work, it's especially important when you're living in another country and aren't as familiar with the culture. Here […] 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

Warning: Make sure you meet the student visa requirements for France

Whether you're coming to France for a semester in an American program, or coming independently for a year or more, you'll need to get a long stay visa at your local French consulate several weeks before you leave. Visa appointments at all consulates must be made online several weeks in advance, meaning you should plan ahead. The visa […] Continue

EDUCATION

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

LEISURE

Top 10 Resources for Finding Great Deals in Paris

Whether you're a student or a young professional, living in Paris, one of the most expensive cities in the world, is often hard on the budget. Fortunately, there are dozens of opportunities every day for highly discounted or free stuff: everything from acrobatic lessons to Zumba can be done for free somewhere in Paris if […] Continue