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6 Ways to Make (American) Expat Friends in France

If you're staying in Paris for just a few months, you probably want to immerse yourself in French language and culture. But if you're staying for a whole year, and thinking about staying in France long-term, you may want to consider making friends with fellow expats. You know, the ones who know that you eat […] Continue


6 Things You Should Know About Your Contrat à Durée Déterminée (CDD)

In French employment lingo, CDD stands for "contrat à durée déterminée." If you have a CDD, it means that you're hired for a temporary position for a specific amount of time. Usually, CDDs are used to replace workers on parental leave or prolonged sick leave. Many hiring managers will encourage you to accept a CDD […] 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


France: The Bureaucracy I Love to Hate

I wrote this post in August 2010 for another blog I was working on at the time which is no longer online. I'm republishing it below: My student visa for France expires on July 26, so in order to legally re-enter France in the fall, I needed to go to the préfecture de police to […] Continue


5 Things to Know about Grading in French Universities

If you're thinking about getting your master's in France, you may be concerned about whether your French is good enough to succeed in a French university. Are you going to fail out of all your classes? No. It's true that grading in France is very different from grading in the US, and students in France […] Continue


30 Free Things to Do in Paris in April

Spring is upon us, and the weather in Paris will hopefully be warming up in the coming weeks. That means that the city will start buzzing again with lots of free things to do, both inside and out. Here's our list of 30 free things to do in April in Paris: Learn how to make […] Continue

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