France

My Year Abroad in France and Italy in 5 Photos

After a summer au pairing, a semester in Nantes, and a work placement in Florence, here is Rachael's diverse year abroad in five photos.

by Rachael Harper

 
 
France

The Mole Diaries: Aix-en-Provence (Volume 6)

by Shannon Maile
 
France

The year abroad: a parent's perspective

by Jessica Wells
 
France

The life of a Lecteur in a French university

by Ben Brunton
 
France

Street talk in Dreux

by Jessica Wells
 
France

Finding student accommodation in France: what Toulouse taught me

by Eleanor Gill
 
Grenoble

My Grenoble

by Lucy Browett

Mole Diaries

 
France

The Mole Diaries: Aix-en-Provence (Volume 6)

by Shannon Maile
 
France

The Mole Diaries: Montpellier (Volume 2)

by Nupur Patel
 
France

The Mole Diaries: Chambéry (Volume 2)

by Alice Whelan
 
France

The Mole Diaries: Alsace

by Rosemary Maher
 
France

The Mole Diaries: Nancy

by Roberta Anderson
 
France

The Mole Diaries: Montpellier

by Maria Tomlinson
 
France

The Mole Diaries: Raon L'Etape, Lorraine

by Emily Dowse
 
Bordeaux

The Mole Diaries: Bordeaux

by Louise Neville

Questions about France

Q

My phone has roaming free of charge in the EU - should I get a French SIM a...

France
Q

Help with finding an internship in France?

France

Hello,I know this question is a little old so it's a long shot, but I am just leaving an internship as an au pair/waitress near Aix-en-Provence, so there is a space going. I can offer more information...

Q

Can anyone offer advice for finding accommodation in Lyon?

France

Hi I'd recommend using AirBnb, there's a section of their website for long-term rentals, so there's both whole-apartment options on there and collocations. You can book something before you arrive and...

Q

Is there leniency with your end date for British Council?

British Council

I'd recommend looking up school holidays in Germany first (assuming you haven't already done that) - as if it's anything like the French system they have half terms etc., and it may well be that the 2...

Q

My friend and I will be studying abroad in France in September, is it a goo...

France

It's helpful to have a car when you are moving out to France, so you can just pile all your stuff in the back and go. you will also of course save money on public transport and be the most popular per...

Q

Should I go to Clermont-Ferrand or Toulouse for my Year Abroad in France?

Toulouse

I spent the whole year at Université de Toulouse Jean Jaures last year and had a really great year ! The campus is being renovated at the moment, (they knocked down practically all the terrible old c...

Q

Nice, Marseille or Grenoble?

Assistantship

Hello James - great three cities to choose from! A few thoughts from my perspective:Marseille - PROS: beautiful city (especially the outskirts such as the Calanques), hot, popular with students, CONS:...

Q

Will my plans for YA in France and Germany clash?

British Council
Q

Trying to choose which French University to attend?

Student

Hey Gaby - when I went on a year abroad, I found the info on the ThirdYearAbroad.com really helpful. There are lots of articles written by students about the cities in which they spent their TYA - gre...

Student Blogs

 
France

Reflections on seven months in France

by Jessica Wells

 
France

Travelling ’til the end!

by Jessica Wells

 
France

Troglodyte houses and fabulous food

by Jessica Wells

 
France

On touche à la fin

by Jessica Wells

 
France

Adventures and misadventures!

by Jessica Wells

 
France

Pronunciation problems and the end of term!

by Jessica Wells

 
Adventure

Beyond Words: Mémorial National de la Prison de Montluc

by Rosemary Maher

 
Living Abroad

La Vie Lyonnaise #3 | Passe l’Automne Vienne l’Hiver

by Rosemary Maher

 
Bureaucracy

Reflections

by Laura Crichton

 
Christmas

Week 13/14- Swings & Roundabouts

by Laura Crichton

 
Christmas

Week 12 (ish)- December Eve

by Laura Crichton

 
Bureaucracy

Week 11- Stressed spelt backwards is desserts.

by Laura Crichton

 
Bordeaux

Week 10- Winter is coming

by Laura Crichton

 
Android

Week 9- Bonjour November

by Laura Crichton

 
England

Week 7/8- Meet me halfway

by Laura Crichton

 
Bureaucracy

Week 6- Forms and flu

by Laura Crichton

 
Cathedral

Week 5- Rollin' on a river

by Laura Crichton

 
Banking

Week 4- Just keep swimming...

by Laura Crichton

 
Food

Week 3- Je ne sais quoi

by Laura Crichton

 
Banking

Week 2- International Freshers

by Laura Crichton

 
France

Week 1- I'm here!

by Laura Crichton

 
France

The 2 month update

by Rachael Harper

 
France

Life lately

by Rachael Harper

 
France

Le beau sud de la France

by Rachael Harper

 
France

A tale of two trips: Paris & Montluçon

by Rachael Harper

 
France

Trials and Tribulations

by Rachael Harper

 
France

The Good, the Bad and the French

by Rachael Harper

 
France

So far in Nantes…

by Rachael Harper

 
Au Pairing

Au Pair life summed up

by Rachael Harper

 
France

Better late than never

by Rachael Harper

 
Year Abroad

France #1

by Charlie Jefford

 
France

France #2 - Joyeux anniversaire!

by Charlie Jefford

 
France

Fêtes de la Musique et Saint-Guilhem Le Désert

by Charlie Jefford

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Grenoble

My Grenoble

by Lucy Browett
 
France

Top tips for going abroad as a couple

by Louise Hall
 
France

Things you should know before doing an Assistantship

by Grace Marsh
 
France

Studying History in France: ten top tips

by Amy Stone
 
France

A Week in the Life: A Language Assistant in south-west France

by Rachel Middleton
 
France

Language Startup - Interview with the Founders of a Translation Agency

by Global Graduates
 
France

Dealing with differences as an au pair

by Sophie Otway
 
France

Ten reasons why you should choose Alsace for your year abroad

by Rosemary Maher
 
France

Living and working in a dangerous area on a year abroad

by Elise Davies
 
France

8 things to do during the first month of your year abroad

by Craig Debrah
 
France

Lessons the French and the British can learn from each other

by Katarina Bickley
 
France

An interview with the family of a year abroad student

by Lisa Bruce
 
France

How to make the most of a year abroad as a language assistant

by Rosemary Maher
 
France

The Mole Diaries: Montpellier (Volume 2)

by Nupur Patel
 
France

Dealing with an operation at the start of your year abroad

by Sophie King
 
France

Confessions from a tutoring job

by Sophie Otway
 
France

Finding a family away from home

by Grace R
 
Spain

Dealing with epilepsy abroad

by Jennifer Cooper
 
France

Laura spent her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Paris, France

by Laura Jane
 
France

How to pack for a year abroad

by Rosemary Maher
 
France

Clubbing: Is it different in France and Britain?

by Jennifer Benson
 
France

15 reasons to choose Perpignan

by Elizabeth Gibson
 
France

Why I love NOT living in Paris

by Camilla Gash
 
France

15 things that will definitely happen on your year abroad

by Camilla Gash
 
France

Looking back over the British Council Language Assistantship

by Emma Fowler
 
France

10 things to love about living in France

by Camilla Gash
 
France

Studying for an International Masters in Management in France

by Mihaela Draghici
 
France

How to spot a French stereotype

by Rosemary Maher
 
France

50 things I know about the French

by Zoe Taylor
 
Spain

The struggles and rewards of speaking an ab-initio language abroad

by Elise Davies
 
France

Ten top tips for travelling solo

by Rosemary Maher
 
France

Dealing with sexism in the classroom - when you're the teacher

by Helena Goode
 
France

What to expect from your Year Abroad

by Nel
 
France

8 reasons to pick Toulouse for your Year Abroad

by Zoe Taylor
 
France

5 Photos: My Year Abroad in Chambéry

by Claire Booth
 
France

9 perks of living in a tourist hotspot!

by Emma Young
 
Spain

Difficult Situations make Good Experiences: A realistic account of work placements abroad

by Elise Davies
 
France

How to prepare for a Year Abroad as a Language Assistant

by Rosemary Maher
 
Study Abroad

Putting my foot in it: Dealing with an injury 7000km away from home

by Imogen Reid
 
France

Taking Stock: a Year Abroad with Depression

by Hannah S
 
France

10 tips for living with a host family on your Year Abroad

by Georgina Lucas
 
Study Abroad

How much does it cost to study a Masters abroad?

by Laura Bridgestock
 
Spain

Erasmus Economics: Finding out finance before your year abroad

by Sophia Imeson
 
France

Video: my French after 3 and 6 months abroad.

by Zoe Taylor
 
France

The Mole Diaries: Chambéry (Volume 2)

by Alice Whelan
 
France

A Year Abroad in a rural town

by Ross Smith
 
France

Home Sweet Home: How to prevent homesickness on a year abroad

by Rosemary Maher
 
France

7 things I wish I'd known before starting my Year Abroad in France

by Craig Debrah
 
France

Paris: Dispelling a Myth

by Phoebe Weston
 
France

An introvert's guide to the year abroad

by Annie Warren
 
France

Sorting your life out: The Top 10 Documents to take to France

by Lucinda Toole
 
France

Expect the unexpected on a year abroad!

by Rebecca Liquorish
 
France

Year Abroad Blues: Dealing with the early stage wobbles

by Christie Anderson
 
France

Keeping Fit on your Year Abroad

by Rosie Snowball
 
France

The Mole Diaries: Alsace

by Rosemary Maher
 
Spain

Moving Abroad: The things I wish I'd known

by Elly Grantham
 
France

How not to do a first day: Erasmus in France

by Craig Debrah
 
France

Thrown in at the deep end: First day as a Language Assistant

by Zara Alnaimi
 
France

Adjusting to life in France

by Rosemary Maher
 
France

4 reasons to forget France and switch to Switzerland!

by Helen Parkinson
 
France

A Language Assistant's guide to living in a small French town

by Rose Labdon
 
France

Top 5 (slightly irritating) culture shocks about the French

by Katarina Bickley
 
Spain

What to Pack and How to Pack it!

by Heather Collier
 
France

5 Photos: My Year Abroad in Aix-en-Provence

by Christina Vieira-Barry
 
France

Doing a Year Abroad in Paris? Listen up!

by Stephanie Barrett
 
France

How to succeed at le CAF

by Katherine Tabor
 
France

A Week in the Life: Studying in Angers, France

by Beth Holding
 
France

The Mole Diaries: Nancy

by Roberta Anderson
 
France

A small frog in a big pond: making friends in France

by Tim Blore
 
Paris

Frogspawn: Working with French children on your year abroad

by Tim Blore
 
France

The unexpected perks of living with native speakers on your Year Abroad

by Sophie Lerway
 
France

Interning in France - my experience and advice

by Hannah Smith
 
France

10 things you should know before studying Maths in France

by Thomas Firth
 
France

5 Things I wish I had done before I moved to France….

by Emma Robertson
 
Paris

Ten ways to make the most of your au pair experience

by Marilyn Wilkinson
 
France

Le Covoiturage - car sharing in France

by Arthur Fane
 
France

La Vie Jolie: My post-graduation year abroad as a Language Assistant

by Stephanie Barrett
 
France

The four stages of a year abroad experience

by Esther Mngola
 
France

Things I wish I’d been told before my year abroad in France

by Jonathan Kerr
 
France

Working as an 'Animateur' in France

by Alexander Hylton–Holmes
 
France

Making the most of university in France

by Jules O'Dwyer
 
France

What is the point of a year abroad?

by Imogen Watson
 
France

A Week in the Life: A Language Assistant in France (video)

by Lauren Postlethwaite
 
France

How to write your CV and cover letter in French

by Louise Gill
 
France

Dealing with harassment from French men

by Emma Obank
 
France

Diary of my first week as a Language Assistant in France

by Louise Gill
 
France

Ten Benefits of Moving to Toulouse

by Hannah Gill
 
France

How my year abroad in Paris became ten years abroad

by Gareth Cartman
 
France

Top survival tips for your year abroad in France

by Miranda Clark
 
France

That's a wrap! What I will and won't miss from my year abroad in France

by Hattie Reed
 
France

Administration Initiation: coping with the CAF in France

by Hattie Reed
 
Language Assistant

Kate is now a French Broadcast Journalist

by Global Graduates
 
France

Accommodation in France: Understanding the CAF

by Jordan Stevens
 
Language Assistant

Lisa now works as a French-speaking UK Police Officer

by Global Graduates
 
Valencia

John now works for the European Commission in the UK

by Global Graduates
 
France

Everything you need to know for your year abroad in France

by Global Graduates
 
France

Volunteering in Provence: APARE

by Hilary Meakin
 
France

Courses in Europe for Non-Linguists

by Global Graduates
 
France

Extracurricular classes on your year abroad in France

by Global Graduates
 
Advice

Finding your hidden talent: extracurricular activities abroad

by Global Graduates
 
France

Culture Shock: France (technophobia, uniformity and sexual politics)

by Elen Roberts
 
France

The Mole Diaries: Montpellier

by Maria Tomlinson
 
France

Student accommodation in France

by Global Graduates
 
France

Volunteering in Normandy

by Issie Hutchinson
 
France

Montpellier

by Global Graduates
 
France

Book review: Lucy Wadham's The Secret Life of France

by Elen Roberts
 
France

Convivial Chambéry and Prodigious Paris

by Global Graduates
 
France

Captivating Krasnodar and Blissful Bordeaux

by Global Graduates
 
France

Plush Paris

by Global Graduates
 
France

Adorable Albertville

by Global Graduates
 
France

Lush Lorraine

by Global Graduates
 
France

No-brainer Nancy

by Global Graduates
 
France

Culture Shock: France

by Charlotte Derrett
 
France

The Mole Diaries: Raon L'Etape, Lorraine

by Emily Dowse
 
Advice

Studying Abroad with a disability

by Joel Smith
 
Bordeaux

The Mole Diaries: Bordeaux

by Louise Neville
 
France

Languages and dialects in France

by Alicia Rubiales
 
France

La Cuisine Française: Extortionate but Exquisite

by Gina Reay
 
France

Working in France

by Global Graduates
 
France

France

by Global Graduates
 
France

Rosie's daughter was a language assistant in France for 7 months

by Global Graduates
 
France

Guest Dad: Robin's daughter worked as a language assistant in France

by Interview by Chloe Hibbert
 
France

Sharon's daughter spent 8 months teaching in France

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France

(Don't) Mind the Gap

by Global Graduates
 
France

The dark horse: Charleville-Mezières

by Global Graduates
 
France

Little La Mure

by Global Graduates
 
France

Hidden-away Moreuil

by Global Graduates
 
France

The dark horse: Valenciennes

by Global Graduates
 
France

Classic Cahors

by Global Graduates
 
France

Age-old Arras

by Global Graduates
 
France

Amicable Angoulême

by Global Graduates
 
France

How to survive university in France

by Tania Li
 
France

University in France - the French Education System

by Tania Li