Living in France

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Category: Study Destinations
Posted on August 05, 2019
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France, located in Western Europe is the most-visited country in the world. This nation of distinctive landscapes is among the earth’s oldest. It is surrounded by the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea, sharing land boundaries with Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Germany, and Italy.  

           Capital : Paris    Currency : Euro (€)    Population : 49,300,000    Number of Universities : Over 100

Did you know that France produces some billion tons of Cheese yearly, in over 1200 varieties?

Making cheese is an ancient art. The goat cheese making dates back to 500AD. A famous french proverb goes to say that there is a cheese for each day of the year.

 

France has 35 universities ranked among the world-best universities. The affordable tuition fees and quality education makes it a popular study destination. About 75% of the students studying at French universities are foreigners.

Some Important Study Cities include - 

  • Paris
  • Toulouse
  • Lille 
  • Montpellier
  • Lyon

If you too are planning to pick a university here, then get to know what the lifestyle - Culture, food, language, and security of France has in store for you, with this article.

 

CULTURE

Majority of the French population are Christians, mainly Roman Catholics. Other popular religions are Buddhist, Jewish, and Islamic. It is a multi-ethnic country with largely people of Celtic origin and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities.

France enjoys a generally cool winter and mild summer in metropolitan France, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean coast. 

Explore the country’s cultural heritage from the Eiffel Tower, gothic architecture in the country’s glorious cathedrals, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in the French Alps to picturesque ancient villages. Some of the must-do things while you are taking a break from your studies - 

  • Camping in the Ardèche
  • See the Architectural Magnificence - 
    • Palace of Versailles
    • Millau viaduct
    • Notre-Dame
  • Medieval Towns - 
    • Carcassonne
    • Rocamadour
  • Hiking Trails - 
    • Pyrenees to Périgord noir
    • Cévennes
    • Mont-Saint-Michel - Pyramid of the Seas
  • Experience the Nightlife at Paris' Moulin Rouge
  • Leisure Parks - 
    • Futuroscope in Poitiers
    • Disneyland Paris
  • Enjoy the Beaches of -
    • Normandy
    • Brittany
    • Biarritz
    • Côte d’Azur
  • Theatres and cinemas in Bordeaux
  • Castles & Gardens -
    • Chenonceau Castle
    • Versailles Castle
    • Loire Valley Châteaux
  • Music Festivals/Concerts - 
    • Rock in Saint-Malo
    • Blues in Juan-les-Pins
    • Musicals Aix-en-Provence
    • Piano in La Roque-d’Anthéron
    • Hellfest
  • Art -
    • Louvre Museum
    • Graffiti Art in Croix-Rousse, Lyon
  • Sports - 
    • Kiting in Saint-Brieuc
    • Scuba diving in Ajaccio
    • Surfing in Guéthary
    • Skiing & Rock-climbing at Chamonix, Mont Blanc
    • Golfing
    • Tennis
    • Cycling Race
    • Rugby

 

LANGUAGE

French is the official language. Other regional languages include Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish, Occitan, and Picard. English speakers are plenty in business communities.

  • The French language is the second most common in Europe.
  • Although many courses are delivered in English, it is recommended to learn French. You will find it much fun to practice with the locals.
  • French culture does not include hugging as a common way of greeting like in other countries, and maybe awkward. French are known to exchange two cheek-skimming kisses. 

 

FOOD

The French word ‘cuisine’ speaks much about the sophistication of French food. Ingredients used in French cooking consists of fresh vegetables and spices. And the presentation is as important as the dish itself.

Significant food products locally available are wheat, cereals, sugar beets, potatoes, wine grapes; beef, dairy products; and fish

Village-square markets are an extravaganza of delectable food, meat, cheese, lush fruits, and vegetables, from the produce of local farmers.

Some famous French food include - 

  • Croissants
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Duchess potatoes
  • Baguette - French bread
  • Roquefort cheese
  • Beef Bourguignon
  • Éclair

France has also given us, the world’s best Champagne, exquisite wine, best of cheese & French Patisserie. 

SECURITY

France is a safe country. State invests additionally to reinforce student security at campuses. All entrances of educational institutes are fully guarded. Also, various preventive and crisis-management measures are taken, involving regular simulation exercise. Healthcare system of France is also among the world’s best.

 

Life of a student in France is full of learning and adventure!! The diverse culture of France itself and of students coming from all parts of the world makes it really rich. This country is a perfect blend of the modern and old, making it a really fun learning experience.

Hope you will make a healthy choice of studying in this scenic country! Bonne Journee!


Priya Negi
Student Guidance Counselor & Avid Blogger
Priya Negi
Student Guidance Counselor & Avid Blogger

I am a Post-Grad in Finance who chose to quit my 5 years of Corporate job to eventually add value through words than numbers. I love helping my clients create fresh & innovative content that convey their brand value. My recent association with PlanAll enabled me to guide & counsel students academically towards making meaningful career choices. When I'm not writing, I can be found fulfilling the demands of my chirpy toddler at home.

Diya Modi
August 13, 2019 - 04:59am
Diya Modi August 13, 2019 - 04:59am

Awesome....Really good info about living in France.

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