France is well known for its culture, history, great food, and being home to many world renowned museums. But did you know that it is also a really great place for studying abroad with great programs for a multitude of majors? Let’s take a look at 7 reasons why France is great country for studying abroad.
1) College Oriented Cities
When many students think of studying abroad in France, Paris is the first city that comes to mind. Paris is home to many great schools but did you know that cities such as Tours and Aix-en-Provence are renowned college cities for international students? Tours, located less than 2 hours outside of Paris, is known for having the purest French in all of France. For those looking to perfect their French speaking skills, this is an excellent place to study. Aix-en-Provence, located in the south of France, not only boasts sunny and warm weather, it is also home to some of the finest and oldest universities in France. Its history as a college town has drawn in thousands of foreign exchange students for hundreds of years.
2) Student Friendly
It’s true that France is an expensive country to live in but it is a great place to be a student. The French understand that being a student isn’t always easy or inexpensive so le tarif jeune was created. Le tarif jeune is the name of a student discount admission price for museums and transportation. It’s easy to go sight seeing and travel often thanks to this student discount. France and Europe are also home to many friendly, student oriented hostels and youth hotels which also help to make traveling affordable.
3) A Natural Beauty
Paris is often described as the most beautiful city on Earth (it’s true, it is!). The French know how to make anything and everything beautiful. French culture has always been about craftsmanship and making things pleasant aesthetically. No matter where you are in France, you will find lots of gardens, parks, and forests in addition to beautiful architecture.
4) The Heart of Western Europe
Geographically and culturally, France is the center of Western Europe. In a matter of a few hours, you can visit a number of European and African countries. This makes weekend trips a realistic opportunity if you budget properly for traveling. When you travel outside of France, you’ll discover that this country has a strong cultural influence – France has always made major contributions to history, the arts, the sciences, and politics of Europe.
5) Rich in History
France is nothing short of historical. This world power has had its hand in every facet of life and industry which is on display in a multitude of museums all over the country. From world renowned art museums, to palaces and châteaux preserving French opulence and royal history, to plaques placed on common everyday buildings which mark historical events, France is a great place to discover not only French history but world history.
6) Experience the joie de vivre
American culture is all work and no play, but the same is not true in France. The French have a certain joie de vivre or joy of living. At first, I didn’t understand this cultural phenomenon and mistook it for laziness and lack of efficiency. I couldn’t understand why things weren’t getting done quicker like they would in the USA. Then I realized that while I was rushing to get to my next class, my fellow Parisian was enjoying experiences like a good meal or a nice stroll in the garden. Being in France is an experience and to experience it correctly, you must do like the French do and enjoy life.
7) French is a Useful Language
French is a beautiful language and being able to speak even a little is not only impressive, it’s useful too. As the 2nd leading language of commerce and spoken on almost every continent, knowing a little French can be practical for your career and traveling. Their language is very important to the French. No matter where you study in France, it will be appreciated that you are making an attempt to speak the language.
Now that you know how awesome a country France is for study abroad students, what are you waiting for? Go to your university’s study abroad office to find out how you can study abroad in France and check out StudentUniverse for tips on what to do while in France!