Advice for foreign students coming to France

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Embarking on a study-abroad adventure in France is an exhilarating experience for foreign students. However, adapting to a new country and a new education system can be a challenge. To ensure a smooth transition and maximize their stay in France, it’s crucial for international students to have access to useful advice. In this blog post, we present essential tips and guidance for international students coming to France, covering various aspects from cultural adaptation to academic success.

Cultural adaptation

Adapting to a new culture is essential for a successful study abroad experience. Familiarize yourself with French customs! Learn a few basic French phrases to make communication easier. Soak up the local culture by taking part in cultural events and exploring historic sites. Don’t hesitate to get involved with local communities and forge meaningful links with other students and locals.

Academic preparation

Academic expectations in France may differ from those in your home country. Familiarize yourself with the French education system, course requirements and assessment methods. Plan your schedule and allocate enough time for study and homework. Ask teachers and counselors for help if you need it. Attend orientation programs and participate in extracurricular activities to enrich your academic experience.

Accommodation and logistics

Make sure you find accommodation in advance by exploring options such as halls of residence, private apartments or homestays. The OMNES Education Welcome Desk works with a number of accommodation partners. Don’t hesitate to contact us! Familiarize yourself with public transit systems and obtain the necessary cards or passes. Find out about health care facilities and take out appropriate health insurance. Familiarize yourself with local amenities such as supermarkets, banks and post offices.

Financial management

Establish a budget to manage your expenses effectively. Take into account costs such as tuition, accommodation, food, transport and leisure activities. Explore part-time work opportunities, if permitted by your visa. Look for scholarships and grants to ease the financial burden. Take advantage of student discounts and promotions. Keep track of your expenses and adjust your budget accordingly.

Valuing diversity and building networks

France is a melting pot of cultures and nationalities. Promote diversity by getting involved with students from different backgrounds. Join student organizations, clubs or sports teams to meet like-minded people. Attend social events and networking opportunities to make professional connections (Afterworks, etc.). Take advantage of the international student support services offered by universities to enrich your experience.

Travel and exploration

France offers a multitude of breathtaking destinations. Make the most of your stay abroad by exploring different regions and cities. Plan excursions to famous sites, cultural venues and natural wonders. Find out about student discounts for transport and attractions. Seize the opportunity to learn about France’s rich history and diverse landscapes.

As a foreign student coming to France, following these essential tips will contribute to a successful and rewarding study abroad experience. By focusing on cultural adaptation, academic preparation, logistics, financial management, networking and exploration, you can make the most of your stay in France. Remember to keep an open mind, embrace new experiences and seek support when needed. Enjoy the journey and the invaluable opportunities offered by your study stay in France!

Updated 21 January 2024