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LIVING

Are you eligible to receive CAF Rental Assistance?

CAF, or la Caisse des Allocations Familiales, is a type of rental assistance paid to any person in France who qualifies. Because most students living in studio apartments generally have low incomes and high rent in Paris, it is likely that you'll be able to receive a small stipend to help pay your rent as a student. In […] Continue

WORKING

5 Surprising Things Your Employer Can Legally Get Away With

I've talked a bit before about the adversarial relationship between employers and employees in France, and the relationship between the two is highly codified in the French legal code, the Code du Travail. If you were surprised at some of the things that employers can't do in France, check out these 5 things that employers […] 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

3 Steps to Getting Reimbursed for Medical Care in France

In France, Sécurité Sociale is a national, government entity that regulates medical costs and covers the cost of healthcare for the vast majority of French residents. In fact, the French constitution ensures healthcare for all, and a 1993 Conseil Constitutionnel (the French equivalent of the Supreme Court) decision indicates that foreigners residing in France are […] Continue

EDUCATION

How to Apply to Master’s Programs at French Universities Using CampusFrance

If you're applying to most French universities, you'll need to complete the application process through the online CampusFrance portal. While some universities don't accept applications through the online system, you'll still have to use CampusFrance as part of the visa process. The process of applying to French universities through CampusFrance is somewhat different depending on […] 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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