How to move to France after college

Since I was little, the only thing I wanted in the entire world was to move to France. In fact, while most girls were asking for a pony, my dreams consisted of sitting in front of the Eiffel Tower, baguette in hand; I guess not much has really changed in that regard. This continued throughout college, where I knew I wanted to move overseas,but was unsure of all the options available. It wasn’t until I accepted a job in France that I learned of all the many ways one can move to France.  Today, I’m sharing 3 (legal) ways of how to move to France after college – with little to no French language experience required.

Sound too good to be true? I promise it’s not. Moving to France after completing an undergraduate degree is easier (and not nearly as expensive) as you may believe.

Continuing education à la France!

One of the most practical ways to move to France after college is by continuing your education, often in the form of a Master’s Degree.

Did you know that France offers a variety of Masters programs, often taught in English? Most offer some form of financial assistance, with many offering generous scholarship opportunities (although it does depend on the school and the program).

This option is ideal because one is typically connected with a school representative who helps with the legal side of the move. France is notorious for its’ paperwork, so having somebody to walk you through the process will be invaluable.

A great site to explore potential programs is a site called Campus France. You can find more information about it here!

Become an English language assistant

Another popular route for those that do speak the language, but would rather work instead of continuing education is to apply to TAPIF- the Teaching Assistant Program in France.

This program, which is the American extension of the Programme d’échange d’assistants de langue vivantallows Americans to work in France, teaching English to elementary and middle-school aged children.

It’s important to note that there are quite a few eligibility requirements one has to meet in order to apply, and even then, the application process is quite rigorous because it is such a competitive program. However, this is the perfect opportunity for somebody who wants to work in France, straight out of college.

Become an au pair

If you’re new to my blog, this is how I was able to move to France!

As I approached my senior year, I viewed graduation with a sense of impending doom; unsure of my next steps, but knew that I wanted to use my French degree in some capacity. In a brilliant twist of fate, I met a family friend who was an au pair years prior, and after our talk, I knew it was the path for me.

After I connected with the agency she recommended, I quickly began receiving job offers from all over France. Requirements and expectations vary family-to-family, so while it can be challenging because there is no “standard” job description, it gives a lot of opportunity to find the perfect fit for you.

In the spirit of transparency, I don’t typically recommend this route, as it’s definitely not for everyone. Additionally, things can become tricky when family dynamics come into play. To combat potential problems, I reccomend having “safeguards” in place to anyone interested in pursuing this kind of job. Interested in learning more? Drop a comment down below if you’d like to know about working as an au pair overseas!


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