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LIVING

Warning: Don’t Sign a Lease Without Getting These 7 Things From Your Landlord

When you move into an apartment in Paris, you want to be sure that you’re avoiding scams and renting from someone trustworthy. You also want to be fully informed of all of the costs of your future apartment, so you don’t end up paying more than you expect or end up ineligible for CAF due […] Continue

WORKING

5 Steps to Writing an Excellent Rapport de Stage for Your Internship in France

The rapport de stage is organized in 5 main sections that describe the details of your internship, your projects and experiences, and provide a summary of how the internship contributes to your personal and professional development. The introduction to your rapport de stage should summarize how you found the internship you completed and how you […] 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

3 Steps to Getting Reimbursed for Medical Care in France

In France, Sécurité Sociale is a national, government entity that regulates medical costs and covers the cost of healthcare for the vast majority of French residents. In fact, the French constitution ensures healthcare for all, and a 1993 Conseil Constitutionnel (the French equivalent of the Supreme Court) decision indicates that foreigners residing in France are […] Continue

EDUCATION

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

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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