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Housing option: Living in a Host Family

This past year, I taught English as an assistant in Mayenne, France for a year.   During the summer before my arrival, the school offered different options for housing in the acceptance letter materials.  One option was to stay in the school-owned dormitory, taking meals in the dining hall, a freebie.  This setup sounded appealing, […] Continue


A Quick Guide to Reading Your French Payslip

If you're working for a French company, you might be surprised when you get your first French payslip and notice the huge difference between the "brut salaire" you were quoted by your employer and the "net à payer" that shows up in your bank account. Here's a guide to deciphering your French payslip and all […] 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


Scholarships for Studying in France: The Chateaubriand Fellowship

As part of our series on scholarships for studying abroad in France, today we're going to look at the requirements for the Chateaubriand Fellowship, a research stipend offered each year by the Cultural Services department of the French Embassy to the United States. The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a sort of research scholarship offered to doctoral […] Continue



How to Watch US Netflix and Access Location-Restricted Content in France

Liberté, égalité, fraternité or Liberty, equality, fraternity is the French national motto. If someone is going to be traveling to France, they should be prepared for a nation that highly values itself on democratic values and principles. However well this might make you feel on the inside, it might not be as helpful when you […] Continue

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