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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

How to Apply for a Job as a Lecteur d’Anglais in a French University

If you'd like to teach English in France but the idea of singing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes with a bunch of elementary school kids makes you cringe, you may want to apply to be a lecteur d'anglais in a French university. In addition to being guaranteed that you'll work with university students instead of […] 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

4 Steps to Getting Reimbursed for Your Doctor’s Visit in France

If you're a student in a French university or working in France, you're automatically enrolled in the French national social security system, and you have health care coverage. Congratulations! Going to the doctor in France is not an expensive undertaking like it can be in the U.S., and while you may have to pay a […] Continue

EDUCATION

Scholarships for Studying in France: Bourse Emile Boutmy at Sciences Po

Sciences Po is a great school with an excellent reputation, but with a price tag of €13.700 per year, it’s very expensive compared to other programs in France. And unfortunately, it’s not on the short list of French universities that are eligible for FAFSA financial aid. The advantages of a Sciences Po education are many. […] 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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