Helpful Links: France


General Information

Which time zone is France in?

What holidays are observed?

What business hours are held?

What post office/mail/parcel services are available?

How do I address letters to France?

What is the manner of dress in France?

Are there any etiquette rules that I should be aware of?

Which electrical outlets are used?



University Life

Where can I find a list of French universities?

How can I find out more about my university campus?

What scholarships are available to me?

What is the average tuition?

What is the average salary of a professor?



Weather

What is the weather like in France?

What is the weather forecast for this week?

What about extreme weather?



Moving Around

Is my driver’s license valid in France?

How can I obtain a French driver’s license?

How can I obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP)?

Which side of the road do I drive on?

Can I rent a car?

How can I travel around within France?

Is there public transport available in France?

Where can I find updated safety & travel alerts?

What documents should I carry with me?



Visa Information

Can you give me an overview of the process to obtain a visa?

What type of visa do I need?

How long is my visa valid for?

Can I get a visa extension?

Am I allowed to work with my visa?

Am I allowed to study on my visa?

Can I change my visa status while in France?

What is the cost of a visa?

How long before departure should I apply for my visa?

I was refused a visa, can I reapply?

Can I bring my spouse/children with me?

Can I travel home/internationally while holding my visa?

What customs information do I need to know?

My passport has been lost or stolen, what should I do?

Contact the nearest US embassy/consulate

How can I become permanent resident (carte de séjour)?

  • France permanent residency

Pets

Can I bring my pet with me to France?

Can I return home with my pet?

  • Yes, depending on the type and health of the pet.


Medical Issues

Will my medical insurance work in France?

Which medical insurance should I purchase?

Is my medicine available in France?

My medication has run out, can I refill it with my doctor’s prescription?

What medications am I not permitted to bring into France?

Where can I go in case of a medical emergency?

  • Dial 112 for the European-wide emergency number. A short delay may occur while an English speaker is found.

How do I find a doctor?



Money

What is the current exchange rate?

What is required to open a French bank account?

  • A passport, proof of address, a deposit, and proof of income.

Will my debit/credit card work in France?

Do I have to pay taxes?

What are the average costs of living?

How does tipping work?

How can I make international money transfers?



Phones

Which is the best phone service provider?

  • Mobiho is recommended for foreign visitors since calls back to the US are cheap.

Will my current phone work in France?

Can I rent a cell phone in France?

Where can I purchase a SIM card for my phone?

What is the country code for France?

  • 33

How can I call home?

How much can I expect to pay to call home?

  • Varies by carrier and country. Check with your phone service provider

Are there international calling cards available

What about calls/video chatting on the internet?

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Phones

Which is the best phone service provider?

  • Mobiho is recommended for foreign visitors since calls back to the US are cheap.

Will my current phone work in France?

Can I rent a cell phone in France?

Where can I purchase a SIM card for my phone?

What is the country code for France?

  • 33

How can I call home?

How much can I expect to pay to call home?

  • Varies by carrier and country. Check with your phone service provider

Are there international calling cards available

What about calls/video chatting on the internet?


Phones

Which is the best phone service provider?

  • Mobiho is recommended for foreign visitors since calls back to the US are cheap.

Will my current phone work in France?

Can I rent a cell phone in France?

Where can I purchase a SIM card for my phone?

What is the country code for France?

  • 33

How can I call home?

How much can I expect to pay to call home?

  • Varies by carrier and country. Check with your phone service provider

Are there international calling cards available

What about calls/video chatting on the internet?

Legal

How do I become a citizen?

  • Becoming a French citizen

What if I get arrested/in trouble with police?

Contact your nearest embassy or consulate


Additional Questions

How do I contact the US Embassy/consulate in France?

Who do I contact in case of an emergency?

  • Dial 112 for the European-wide emergency number. A short delay may occur while an English speaker is found.
  • Dial 17 to connect to the police.

Education

Are my children eligible to attend public school in France?

  • Public schools for visitors in France

Language Resources

Where can I find French classes and/or tutors?

Classes

Tutors

Are there any online French study materials?

Are there any phone apps for improving my French?

Where can I find a French-English bilingual dictionary?

Online

Smartphone/tablet

Hard copy

What are some French idioms/phrases?

Where can I find a translation service?