Crazy to believe the it has been almost a year since I wrote Part 1 to this study abroad/host family experience. It’s also incredible to realize that it’s been over three years since my study abroad experience, which I believe really shaped my passion for living in France.
If you’ve ever studied abroad in a foreign country before, then you may or may not have opted to live with a host family. Host families can be a good way to meet locals, practice your targeted language with, and overall learn more about the day-to-day life and culture of the country you’re in.
…so you’re planning to move to France? Whether you’re going abroad to work or to marry the Frenchman (or woman) of your dreams (one can dream, can’t they?), moving to a new place, let alone halfway across the world, can be a daunting experience. Even after you finish dealing with all the immigration paperwork and finally pack your bags to fly over to France, that’s only half of the process. For the next weeks, months, even years to follow, you’ll encounter plenty of things that, while possibly similar to that in the U.S., can also be so different from what you’re accustomed to back home.
Like many college students, I also studied abroad during my undergraduate years. Out of all of the places that I could’ve gone to– Florence, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro– I chose Paris, home to the famous (and questionably phallic-looking) Eiffel Tower, its romantic views of the Seine River, and of course, the fact that it’s the most-visited city not only in Europe, but also the world (it draws easily 32 million people to its capital each year).