France’s high-quality education and low tuition fees attract a large population of international students. France is enticing; the culture and country have an alluring charm that will seduce you. However, as a student, your focus is to excel academically in the midst of all French pleasure. The freedom that comes with life away from home can be overwhelming. Read on for tips to help you excel in France:
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1. Dining in France
The most common and affordable dining option for students is in university restaurants or Restro U. The Resto Us are always full due to their low prices and convenient location in or next to universities. You can access the Resto Us with a student card or buy a meal ticket at the CROUS or the Resto U counter.
If you crave the French dining experience, sample any of the numerous restaurants located around the country with cuisine from all over the world. There are several online listings and apps to help you locate a restaurant that suits your craving and budget.
If you like your food fresh and organic, there are several fresh food markets and stores where you can buy ingredients.
2. Create Memories
Visit the Eiffel Tower and take a bus to the French Rivera. Take unlimited selfies, join your friends on a road trip and dress up to watch the Opera at Bastille. France has countless tourist destinations that will create memories to last a lifetime. Take a part-time job, save, sell your furniture or ask for a donation from home; do whatever you need to do and tour the country as often as you can. Make sure that your time in France counts.
3. Learn a New Language
France is a cultural hub with visitors and business practitioners from around the world. If you are looking to learn a new language, you are likely to meet someone who speaks a similar language. Take advantage of this opportunity to become bilingual. You first option is French; from there you can learn German, Spanish, Italian or whatever fancies you. Being in France also gives you quick access to other European countries that you can visit on holiday for a cultural exchange and expand your grasp of a new language.
4. Accommodation Options
Accommodation in Paris is expensive and difficult to find. A majority of students in the capital live in the Cité Universitaire Internationale de Paris (CUIP), located to the South of Paris. Students from America and Canada can find accommodation through the Fondation des Etats-Unis and the Maison des Etudiants Canadiens while students from the United Kingdom and commonwealth countries can get help through the Collège Franco-Britannique. Other students can visit the CUIP for assistance; waiting for accommodation can take up to a year.
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French is a dream academic destination; however, you can easily get lost in the romantic charm of the country. Prioritize your education and make the best of the remaining time.
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