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LIVING

Can you get an abortion in France?

If you find yourself abroad with an unexpected pregnancy, you may wonder what your options are and if they're as liberal as those in your home state or country. After all, Europe's abortion laws are known for being more conservative than the US's federal regulations (at least, more conservative than Roe v. Wade's 26-week viability […] Continue

WORKING

What should be in my work contract for being an au pair in France?

If you're going to be working as an au pair in France, you want to make sure that you have a very clear contract before you leave, to outline the position and your own responsibilities upon starting work in your host family's home. The work contract protects both you and the host family by identifying […] 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

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What to Expect from Your OFII Medical Visit in France

A few months after you arrive in France, you'll get a letter from the Office Français de l'Immigration et de l'Intégration, or OFII, making an appointment for you to come in for your OFII medical visit. Once you get this letter, stating the date and time for your medical visit, clear your calendar for that […] Continue

EDUCATION

How to Use Federal Financial Aid to Study Abroad Independently in France

One of the advantages to coming to France with an American study abroad program is that you can use federal financial aid and a student loan package to come abroad. But study abroad programs are expensive, and you're often paying $30-$40k in home university tuition to study in a French university that costs virtually nothing. […] Continue

LEISURE

What to Do During Your Free Time as an Assistant in France

Do you always do whatever it takes to stay busy?  Yet, whenever you have time on your hands, you get bored?   When boredom sets in, you feel like your very existence is futile, and, much like in the Myth of Sisyphus, you roll your own stone endlessly.  Maybe you’ve already decided to go to […] Continue

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