We hope this page will help you with your questions about everyday life here in Paris. More information can be found in the Student Handbook, and you are welcome to contact us if your questions are not answered.
Housing- All our students share one house with live in-deans. The house is outside of Paris, giving students a real understanding of France life as a whole. The house is on the train-line to Paris (RER) and has the necessary shops and markets for food, all within walking distance.
Food- Food allowances are given weekly, and it is expected that students will buy and prepare their own food. The students are required to once a week make dinner for the entire house, rotating so that every night dinner is provided for the house as a whole.
Classes- Classes are mainly on a block schedule; the location of the classes will vary between the house in the country or at the church in Paris.
Church- It is expected that every Sunday students will volunteer and attend church services in Paris, as well as once a week go into Paris for outreach.
Field Trips- There will be multiple field trips throughout the semester seeing some of the great sites in France. These field trips will be incorporated in classes, and are already paid for in the students tuition.
Internet / Telephone- We have free wifi in the house and at the church; phone calls should be done through the internet.
What Should I Bring- Our space is limited so you will have minimum storage space and will have to carry your luggage from the airport to the train station, so don’t over-pack!
- Clothing- French weather varies depending on seasons with summers in the hundreds and winters below freezing. Dress accordingly. Please do not bring more than one checked bag and one carry-on bag.
- Electrical Items- You will need adaptors for your electrical items. Remember: France uses 230V rather than 110V, so please check your item is dual voltage before you plug it in.
- Laptops- It is crucial you bring a laptop; all classes use Google classrooms and Google drive for homework.
- Linens- Bedding and towels will be provided; if you would like to purchase your own when you come, you are free to do so.
- Backpack- Bring a real backpack and not just a tote bag for safety precautions on public transportation.
Medicine- If you are taking prescription medication you should either bring enough with you to last the semester (3 months) or arrange for medications to be mailed to you as you need.
Health Insurance- International Students must provide health insurance that is covered in France. You will need to organize your health insurance before traveling here. You must have full health insurance that covers you for visits to doctors, medication that is prescribed for you, and all medical and hospital fees.
Our housing is near the city of Houdan, France. An old city that still has it's old town wall and keep built around 1135. The old farmhouse includes the original grain silo, multiple houses, and a beautiful countryside. There is many neat attractions near including the 'Castle of Anet' and the 'Zoological Park and Castle of Thoiry'.