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LIVING

Staying Safe in Paris: Can I Legally Carry Pepper Spray in France?

If you're nervous about living in the big city, and not sure how to stay safe once you've moved to Paris, you may consider buying pepper spray just in case something happens. While physical violence is relatively rare in France, there's no shortage of pickpocketing and petty crime. Having a strategy for defending yourself and […] 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

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

Photo Credit: Girls studying abroad in Paris, France, Modern Languages @ FLCC, Flickr, Creative Commons License

5 Things to Look For in Your Study Abroad Program in France

If you're going to shell out big bucks for a good study abroad program in France, you want to make sure that your program *is* one of the best before you enroll.

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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