France’s second city is a little-known gem
Lyon is a city which in many ways feels a lot smaller than it really is. It has a small-town charm combined with a vibrant economy and a privileged geographic position: lots to explore in the local area and close to both the Alps and the coast.
How to continue your studies after school
France has many private colleges and other university-level institutions, some affiliated to foreign universities. These include business and commercial colleges, hotel and restaurant schools, language schools and finishing schools.
State or Private School?
If you’re able to choose between state and private education, there are many considerations to be made before choosing the most appropriate school – not least the language of study. State education in France is perceived by many to be of a higher quality than private education.
Foreign children in French schools
For most children, particularly those under ten, studying in French isn’t such a handicap as it may appear at first. The majority of children adapt quickly and most become reasonably fluent within three to six months (if only it were so easy for adults!).
How will your child adapt to the French education system?
Generally, the younger your child is when he enters the system, the easier he will cope. Conversely the older he is, the more problems he will have adjusting. Teenagers often have considerable problems learning French and adjusting to French school life.
What you should know about school insurance
All schoolchildren in France should be covered by liability insurance for damage and injury to themselves and third parties while at school or travelling to and from school; insurance isn’t obligatory except for school trips such as skiing holidays, but it’s highly recommended.
Adaptation, Qualification and Orientation Contracts
Many young people in France look forward to starting work and learning a trade, and the vast majority who don’t go on to higher education enter an apprenticeship or another form of vocational training.
An insight into studying abroad in France
French administration, Erasmus students, long lectures: these are just a few of the things that you have to adapt to if you are looking to study abroad, by Camilla Ohlsson.
My experience at an IEP
The day I was accepted to study for a term at a French IEP, one question immediately arose: what is the IEP? My brief exposure to the French higher education system will hopefully throw some light on the existence of these prestigious universities, by Camilla Ohlsson.