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LIVING

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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

How to Get a Job as an Au Pair in France

If you want to come to France for a year, one of the most straightforward ways to get a visa is to work as an au pair. Getting an au pair job gives you a renewable student visa for the length of your contract, and eliminates the requirement that you provide proof of resources while […] 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

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Studying Theatre at Paris 3 – Interview with Nicola McEldowney

When Nicola McEldowney, a professional puppeteer, came to France for the first time, she attend my old study abroad program - Columbia-Penn Programs in Paris, and wrote her thesis with my former thesis advisor, Lydia Gaborit of Théâtre de la Ville. So when we met singing in a student choir at Reid Hall when she returned […] Continue

LEISURE

Jenny & François Selections: Paris Wine Bars

A friend of mine from Middlebury studied abroad in Paris last year, and her husband was in the wine business. He just posted this cool link on Facebook this afternoon. Jenny and François Selections is a wine importing business, and on their website, they not only describe the different types of restaurants where you can […] Continue

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