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LIVING

32 iPhone Apps for Living in (or Visiting) Paris

Whether you're coming to Paris for the week or staying for the whole year, smartphone apps are a must for getting around and enjoying Paris. Here's a list of 32 iPhone applications to help you make the most of your trip!   Getting Around 1. RATP, 0.79€: The RATP's app is the official app of […] 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

How to Exchange Your Foreign Driver’s Licence for a French Licence in 5 Easy Steps

If you're thinking about staying in France for any length of time, you may want to consider exchanging your driver's licence for a French driver's licence. Doing so within the first year of your arrival in France will mean that the process is much easier (well, easy for France, anyway!) and will not require you […] 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

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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