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911: Program These Emergency Numbers into Your French Cell Phone Now

From the time we were small, 911 has been pounded into our heads as the emergency number to call, but unfortunately, it's not universal. And if you have an emergency in France, calling 911 isn't going to work. The last thing you want is to be caught by surprise and not know who to call […] Continue


Introduction to Working as an Au Pair in France

If you want to come to France but you aren't ready to do a master's degree and you aren't sure if you want to teach English, one way to get a visa is to become an au pair. An au pair, or a "stagiaire aide familiale," is a way to be a student in France, […] 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


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


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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


What to Do During Your Free Time as an Assistant in France

Do you always do whatever it takes to stay busy?  Yet, whenever you have time on your hands, you get bored?   When boredom sets in, you feel like your very existence is futile, and, much like in the Myth of Sisyphus, you roll your own stone endlessly.  Maybe you’ve already decided to go to […] Continue

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