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LIVING

5 Things Your French Renter’s Insurance Should Cover

Renter's insurance policies are required in France, and you should get one as soon as possible for any apartment you rent. Most companies will allow you to pay monthly for the insurance, so you'll end up paying a few Euros per month for peace of mind in case something happens. When you buy an insurance […] Continue

WORKING

Do Language Assistants Have to Pay Student Social Security?

A question I get a lot from students coming to France is whether or not you REALLY have to pay social security twice. If you're coming to France both as a student in a master's program AND a language assistant (TAPIF), it doesn't really make sense that you have to pay for coverage both as […] 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

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What to Expect from Your OFII Medical Visit in France

A few months after you arrive in France, you'll get a letter from the Office Français de l'Immigration et de l'Intégration, or OFII, making an appointment for you to come in for your OFII medical visit. Once you get this letter, stating the date and time for your medical visit, clear your calendar for that […] Continue

EDUCATION

8 Schools in France Eligible for Federal Financial Aid

Not too long ago, I talked about how to use the federal application for student aid (FAFSA) to study independently in France because it can more cost effective than study abroad with an American program. As it turns, out, there are 4 universities and 4 business schools in France that are eligible for federal financial […] Continue

LEISURE

4 Free and Pas Cher Activities for a Rainy Day in Paris

Winter in Paris is mostly rainy and cold, and it's going to stay lousy for at least a few more months. With tons of tourists in town for the holidays, the old fallbacks like the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay are hardly solutions: you'll spend more of your time waiting in line  than in the […] Continue