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What is a mutelle or a complémentaire santé in French healthcare?

Social Security only reimburses a percent of medical costs in most cases, and the reimbursement rates are relatively low for some types of care. Doctors' visits, for example, are reimbursed at 70% of the "tarif conventionné", or of €23, and certain prescription medications are reimbursed at anywhere from 15-65% of the price set by the […] Continue


3 Lies TAPIF Tells You

In the days when I taught English as part of the TAPIF program, the whole process was much simpler. There weren't that many applications, it wasn't super-competitive, and all you had to do to get placed in a specific académie was show that you had a place to live or that you were enrolled in […] Continue


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


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


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Studying Creative Industries at Paris 8 – Interview with Eliza

In this week's video, we're going to interview Eliza, who came to the Université de Paris 8 to do a master's degree in Creative Industries, with a focus in web and art, and she now works for a French company doing PR for a health food company. Eliza is Canadian, but struggled with some of the […] Continue


30 Free Things to Do in Paris in November

Looking for something free to do in Paris in November? Here's our pick of the best free (or under €5) expositions and performances this month: An exposition of artisanal works by Norwegian and Parisian artists. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday through November 10. Gallery Collection, 4 rue de Thorigny, Paris 3rd. Metro Chemin Vert, line 8. Exposition of the […] Continue

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