This is the first post in a little series of posts that I’m doing about moving to Paris! Since that’s the most frequent question asked when I get e-mails from you guys I thought I would share some tips that would have helped me before my move. Of course I can only speak from my own experience, but I hope it can be to some help at least, for those of you who are thinking about doing something similar.
One of the first things you should try to figure out is: What do you want to do during your time in Paris?
If you already know the language you can apply for a job during your stay in Paris. Of course I understand that this is a bit harder for those of you who don’t live within the European Union, but everything is possible if you put some hard work behind it. If this is your plan I would recommend learning to write your CV in French and according to their format. Since I’ve personally not done this yet, I don’t have that much experience.
Another option is to study in Paris. You can either study at a university full time or just study the French language for example. The latter is probably more suiting if you’re staying for a shorter amount of time. During my stay in Paris I attended the language school Accord in the 9th arrondissement. At Accord you can study however long you want to — anything between a week and one year, or even more! There’s people of every age and origin imaginable so you’ll fit in no matter how old you are or where you’re from. I was more than happy with my choice and I had an amazing time and really learned a lot. I’ve also heard great things about the classic Sorbonne.
Shorter courses are also a great option for your stay! There’s a ton of different things to do. I would love to just go to Paris and take several different courses if I had the opportunity… You can, for example, take cooking classes at La Cuisine Paris and finally learn how to make the perfect croissant or macaron, take courses in photography with beautiful Paris as your backdrop, study fashion at Paris College of Art in the fashion capital of the world or learn classical French cooking at the Le Cordon Bleu.
If neither of the above suits you, you can of course just go and enjoy the city! There’s a bunch of different things to do in Paris and you could be busy every single day if you wanted to. There’re so many neighbourhoods and places to see, museums to visit and cafés and restaurants to try out. But it can get quite lonely since you don’t meet people, as you do in all the above choices… To fix this (if you want to meet people that is), there’s something called Co-Lunching, where you literally meet a new group of people over lunch. There’s also arranged walks through Paris which you can sign up for! Normal guided tours or something called food/sweets tours where you eat your way through the city of lights. Could it get any better than that?
Next time we’ll be talking about planning and doing a budget for your stay in Paris!