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Why should I choose France for my year abroad?
Any fancy, small or big, will be tickled! France is not only a cheese and wine emporium, as legend would have us believe (although there are a lot of these on offer, especially in Bordeaux!); decadent by nature, France offers its visitors fine food, fine wine and fine culture. Known to many as the epicentre of all things artistic, France also offers nature-lovers a thing or two: from the rugged coasts of Brittany and the deep ravines of the Pyrenees to the sweet pastures of the Loire Valley; each and every region boasts its own distinctive characters, dialects and architecture. So whether you're working or studying, we can guarantee you'll be in for a treat with l'Héxagone, once you get past the notorious red tape.
Make the most of the cheap train fares and visit parts of the country that really look straight out of Jean de Florette, go grape picking in the Landes region and enjoy a drink made out of the fruits of your labour, go for a shopping spree in Toulouse, enjoy the relaxed student vibe in Lyon, make the most of the Alps in Chamonix, or rock up to the casino in trendy Nice. All in all, France offers students everything you could ask for in terms of food, fashion, French flair and all-important fun on your year abroad!
Here's a vlog from Bogi on her year abroad in Chambéry about 'How to be French':
Emma is a St. Andrews student spending her year abroad in Perpignan, France. She's having a wonderful time, but in hindsight: here are the things she wishes she had done before she moved to France...
For my year abroad, I secured a work placement in a school where I translated, taught, and did a lot of admin. French admin is very much like English admin, except there’s a whole lot more of it. However, as my time here draws to a close, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learnt that I wish I’d known before I left.
City of Contradictions
From a large working class French commune to an internationally certified city of culture, Lille has been the subject of extreme transformation in the last century. Lille has liberated itself from the shackles of its poor industrial past to become a modern capital of culture, enterprise and tourism. The city is in a prime location and is quite correctly seen as the gateway to continental Europe with the Eurostar and TGV services offering convenient connections to London in just 80 minutes, Paris in 60 and even Brussels in a speedy half hour.
Arthur is an Exeter University student on his year abroad in Chambèry, and has just tried 'covoiturage' - carsharing - to get back from a weekend trip to Paris. Here are his thoughts on making the most of the opportunity...