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LIVING

Family Planning Centers in France

The Centres de Planification et d'Education Familiale are basically France's equivalent of Planned Parenthood. The network consists of free clinics and medical offices where women can go for free family planning consultations and advice, as well as prescriptions for contraceptives and referrals to abortion practitioners (interruption volontaire de grossesse). - Free, private, non-biased family planning […] Continue

WORKING

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

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

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

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

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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