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How much does it cost to go to the doctor in France?

In the United States, the answer to the question "How much does it cost to go to the doctor?" is complicated. The answer depends on your doctor's prices, whether or not you have insurance, how much your insurance pays, and what the deductible is. In France, however, the price of medical care is a lot […] Continue


What should be in my work contract for being an au pair in France?

If you're going to be working as an au pair in France, you want to make sure that you have a very clear contract before you leave, to outline the position and your own responsibilities upon starting work in your host family's home. The work contract protects both you and the host family by identifying […] 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


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How Much Does it Cost to Apply to a French University?

If you're thinking about doing your master's degree in a French university, there's a good chance you're a student or in an entry-level job. In other words, you don't have a lot of money. In today's video, we're going to break down how much money you really need to apply to a French university, from […] Continue



31 Free Things to Do in August in Paris

All the Parisians may have left Paris for the month of August, but if you're hanging out this summer, there's still lots of stuff to do! Here's something free or for less than 5€ to do every day this month: 9:00 PM, free entry. 21 rue de Charonne, Paris 11th. Metro Bastille, lines 1, 5, […] Continue

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