Study Abroad in France
Frequently Asked Questions
Of course you have questions! Listed below are the topics we get asked about frequently, and further advice we like to provide, with links to their answers.
In This Section
Do I need a passport and visa?
YES!! You will need a passport and a visa to study in France. Please visit the U.S. State Department travel pages (www.travel.state.gov/passport) for the most up-to-date information regarding passport application and fees.
Make sure that your passport is valid at least six months beyond your program end date. If your passport will expire within that timeframe, you must get your passport renewed immediately.
Read more about summer study (short stay) visas for France.
Read more about semester study (temporary long stay) visas for France.
What about Insurance?
Arcadia University enrolls all participants in a health and accident insurance plan with HTH Worldwide. The plan covers the costs of treatment for most sicknesses and injuries up to $500,000 with no deductible. Details of this coverage are outlined in the health and accident insurance section of our website. Specific questions should be addressed to the insurance carrier. Please note that Arcadia University does not provide insurance for your possessions. We encourage you to purchase coverage for them or to leave irreplaceable valuables at home.
Will my credits transfer back home?
Only your home college can answer this question, so be sure and safe – ask now, and obtain all the approvals you'll need. For more information regarding credit transfer policies, please visit the “Credits/Grades/Transcripts” section of our website.
Should I make copies of my academic papers?
Many home colleges want to review the work you completed overseas before final credit is awarded. Unless you make specific arrangements with your tutors prior to departure, final exams and/or papers will not be returned to students. It is important to keep copies, therefore, of your papers, reading lists and syllabi from all of your courses.
How much money will I need and where will I do my Banking?
You will need about $150 for meals and basic expenses during the orientation. Take an ATM card that's linked to your US primary checking account. If it is linked to Star or Cirrus systems, your card will work in thousands of cash machines throughout the country. Make sure you know your PIN in numbers. For Cirrus customers, the Cirrus Cash Machine Locator phone number is 800-424-7787. Star customers should visit www.visa.com for Star cash machine locator information. Both organizations provide information for cash machines located worldwide.
For more information, please see the Banking page.
Should I take my computer?
You can take your laptop if you have the right converters and are willing to find a suitable place to print your work. Don't expect 24-hour computer centers, and there may be fewer computer terminals available. You should be able to find compatible software and printers. The problem is power. Electricity in France is 220 volts, 50 cycles. Check your computer for a dual voltage switch. If there isn't one, then check with your manufacturer. You may need a converter and an adapter. Finally, leave your printer at home. Fluctuating air pressures may wreak havoc with the toner. And be sure your stuff is insured! (See the section on Security and Insurance under “What to Pack”).
Is there financial aid available for study abroad?
Arcadia University has a scholarship fund for accepted students. See the Fees and Financial Aid section of our website or call our office for further details.
Ask the study abroad adviser on your campus about other financial aid possibilities and investigate the Stafford loan and the Plus loan scheme.
So what's the weather like?
In summer, the temperature varies between 60°F (15°C) and 85°F (30°C); in winter the temperature varies between 32°F (0°C) and 50°F(10°C). In spring and autumn – the temperature varies between 40°F (4°C) and 70°F (21°C).
Will I feel culture shock?
France may not be "shocking," but it will certainly be different. Returning students report feeling "out-of-it" when they arrive overseas and when they first return to the USA. Read the section on Culture Shock for more detail.
What happens when I arrive in France?
There will be plenty of signs with instructions when you arrive inside your airline terminal. Follow the ones that say "Arrivals" and you will eventually get into a line for non-residents. You will wind your way around to immigration control officials, where you will show your passport (which contains your visa) and landing card. Officials may ask a few questions, but nothing daunting. After the official stamps your passport and deems you fit for entry, you'll head for the luggage claim carousel. Check on the overhead monitors to see where your plane's baggage has been unloaded. The only obstacle before you now is customs. You'll head for the "nothing to declare" channel unless you are carrying goods that exceed the duty free limit. After passing through customs, you're home free. Students arriving into Charles de Gaulle airport by the time outlined in our travel information will be greeted by AGS staff and taken to the orientation hotel, where you will be instructed on your orientation schedule. If you're an independent traveler, you'll follow the instructions we'll send you in the Travel Guide which you’ll receive prior to your departure.
How soon after my program concludes will I receive my transcripts from Arcadia University?
We will send an official copy of your transcript to your home school and an unofficial copy to you.
Your transcript will be withheld by Arcadia University if you have an outstanding balance on your account resulting from nonpayment of the program fee (in whole or in part) or special course surcharges, any late fees or returned check fees, damage charges, library fines, or other unmet financial obligations as deemed appropriate by Arcadia University.