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LIVING

How to Deal with Your First French Strike

It's a cold, rainy morning in Paris in early October, a fine day for the first strike of the new school year. Welcome to France. Despite the fact that there's a new socialist president who's actually planning on hiring 60,000 new fonctionnaires in the next year (and the fact that France already has the biggest […] Continue

WORKING

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Get an Assistant Visa to do TAPIF

From what I've heard so far this year, TAPIF (the Teaching Assistant Program in France) is swearing up and down that you're not allowed to be an assistant if you don't have an assistant visa. What they really mean is that they don't want you coming to France as a student and then working 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

4 Steps to Getting Reimbursed for Your Doctor’s Visit in France

If you're a student in a French university or working in France, you're automatically enrolled in the French national social security system, and you have health care coverage. Congratulations! Going to the doctor in France is not an expensive undertaking like it can be in the U.S., and while you may have to pay a […] Continue

EDUCATION

5 Things to Know about Grading in French Universities

If you're thinking about getting your master's in France, you may be concerned about whether your French is good enough to succeed in a French university. Are you going to fail out of all your classes? No. It's true that grading in France is very different from grading in the US, and students in France […] Continue

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