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LIVING

Send Your Books & Papers Home Using Media Mail

When I have a little money, I buy books. If I have anything left, I buy food and clothes - Erasmus When I first arrived in France, I was thrilled with how cheap the books are. Most of the classics can be bought as paperbacks for under €6, and at the time, when I was […] 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

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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

Scholarships for Study Abroad: 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

4 Free and Pas Cher Activities for a Rainy Day in Paris

Winter in Paris is mostly rainy and cold, and it's going to stay lousy for at least a few more months. With tons of tourists in town for the holidays, the old fallbacks like the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay are hardly solutions: you'll spend more of your time waiting in line  than in the […] Continue

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