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Teaching English in France

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How Much Can I Earn?
Monthly Salary:
800 - 2,220 EUR ?
910 - 2,520 USD
Private Tutoring per Hour:
10 - 20 EUR
10 - 20 USD
Income Tax Rate:
6 - 40%
Ability to Save per year:
500 - 4,500 USD
What Are My Benefits?
Rarely included
Rarely included
Health Care:
Usually included
Usually paid
What Will Teaching Be Like?
Teaching Hours:
10 - 30
Typical Contract Length:
One year preferred; short-term may be available
Typical Start Date:
September or January
Application Timeline:
3 - 9 months
What Do I Need?
Work Visa:
EU citizenship preferred
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree
Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate
Additional Notes:
Summer camp positions available
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What to Know About Living in France


Due to its high popularity, finding a place to live in France can be expensive and time consuming. Very rarely will an employer provide accommodations, so it is up to English teachers to find their own living quarters. In addition, landlords tend to avoid renting to tenants they have not met in person. One option may be to hire an apartment rental service, but be aware that this can often cost the equivalent of one month's rent. As is the case with many European countries, price and availability of housing depends greatly on the location of the apartment. Not surprisingly, accommodations within the main cities will be tough to find and expensive to rent, whereas rural areas will be more affordable.

ESL teachers looking to choose the right apartment should consider the location of the school, along with transportation options, to ensure they will find housing that is suitable to their needs. Most rental contracts are for at least one year; however, tenants can terminate their lease at any time as long as they provide sufficient notice (normally three months). When securing an apartment, most landlords will require a two-month deposit, though this may or may not be in addition to the required security deposit (la caution). It is also common for a landlord to ask for additional guarantors (usually parents) if a tenant's salary is less than three times the monthly rent.In France, another important part of the rental contract is called un etat des lieux (initial and final inventory) which details the state of the rental and its contents when first moving in and when moving out. Upon signing the agreement, the tenant must ensure that all damages and defects are noted in the inventory summary. Otherwise, s/he may be held responsible for the cost of the repair and lose part or all of a security deposit.


Like accommodations, the vast majority of employers will not provide airfare to their ESL teachers. Those wishing to teach English in France will be expected to arrange their own air travel to Europe.

Health Benefits
The French are renowned for having one of the most successful and efficient public health systems in the world; every legal resident has access under the law of universal coverage. The World Health Organization ranked the healthcare in France as the best in the world in their 2000 assessment of national health systems.EU citizens working in France are automatically eligible for free basic healthcare and are given a European Health Insurance Card. Non-EU citizens residing temporarily in France and holding a long-stay visa will be able to enroll into social security, giving them access to basic healthcare at a reduced cost. Such residents may also want to check with their domestic insurance company to determine whether a bilateral agreement will cover them while teaching English in France. Depending on their medical needs, it may be recommended that ESL teachers purchase additional insurance that will cover any prescription, dental, or other medical expenses they could incur while in France and which are not covered through social security.

Retirement Age

French workers are eligible to receive their pensions at the age of 60-62 (depending on birth year), regardless of gender or profession. Citizens of France can determine at what age they wish to retire as there is no mandatory retirement age. That said, statistics have shown that many of the French are deciding to retire before they are of a pension-ready age, generally in their early 50's.

Technology and Advancement

ESL teachers will have no need to 'rough it' while teaching English in France. Much like Americans, the French have incorporated the use of high-speed Internet, cell phones, digital television, and other modern conveniences into the daily routine, both at home and at work.

While some North American cell phones will work in France, the rates are typically quite expensive. ESL teachers will most likely want to reserve their cell phone time for emergencies only or purchase a French mobile phone and a matching plan (plans usually start at 30 EUR/month for a twelve-month contract). Some of the more popular cell phone providers in France include Orange, SFR, Virgin and Bouygues. As in the United States, going to an electronics store is a good place to start. However, ESL teachers should be aware that they will need to provide proof of a French bank account (RIB: releve d'indentite bancaire) and possibly of French residency (a copy of their long-stay visa) in order to sign a contract.

It is not recommended to bring North American electronics to France unless they can operate at both 110V and 220V, as AC power in France (and the rest of Europe) is 220V. Although purchase of a voltage converter can work in temporary situations, electronics that operate at 110V tend to overheat, resulting in damage. If an appliance is labeled as dual voltage, then a plug adapter will be needed in order to fit French wall outlets. French homes are furnished with Type E outlets, which feature a circular wall plug with a pin sticking out of the outlet to serve as a ground. The same power outlets can be found in Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and many other countries around the world.

Transportation in France

Commuters in France have many travel options for both long and short distances. The French transportation system allows for ESL teachers to easily plan a long-distance trip throughout the French countryside or to simply get around town and to work by city transit. The combination of roadway, rail, metro, and bus access makes France an easy place to explore, regardless of location.

Public Transportation


There are many French taxi drivers who speak English, but be sure to write down in French any destination before getting into a cab just to be on the safe side. Taxi rates vary depending on the time of day: rates in the daytime (7:00 am to 7:00 pm) tend to be less expensive than those at night (7:00 pm to 7:00 am). Be aware that there are extra fees when a taxi takes a customer to the airport. Taxi rates also increase if a customer calls the cab company directly, with the extra cost varying based on how far the car needs to travel to the pick-up location. The most affordable ways to hire a taxi are to simply wave one down or to find a taxi stand (usually located at a busy shopping area).

Train and Subway

With France's central location in Europe, the French rail system (SNCF) is not only a great way to get around France, it is also an excellent way to travel to other European nations. Commuters on French rail are able to travel to Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, and Spain. With the completion of the "Chunnel" (Channel Tunnel) in 1994, ESL teachers can now use the Eurorail service to travel between France and England as well without the hassle of transferring. Because of this ease of travel, many Brits have made their way to France to teach English. With their EU passport, they have a much easier time finding jobs than those without EU citizenship, thereby increasing competition in this market.

In addition to having 19,785 miles of railroad, the nation's urban dwellers are able to ride one of the six French metro systems, as well as many light rail and tramways. Subway systems can be found in the following French cities: Paris, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, and Toulouse. Since 1900, the Paris Metro has been transporting the citizens of Paris throughout the city. Today, the Paris Metro is one of the busiest metro systems in Europe, with only the Moscow Metro experiencing more daily European traffic.

There are plenty of metro stations in Paris. With over 300 located throughout the city, commuters can usually find a station every 550 yards.


Although not as comfortable as the other options, the bus is an affordable transportation alternative in France. The bus systems can be somewhat confusing, as each region and town has its own network. For ease of use, asking employers ahead of time for the addresses of the major stations near the school will help in acquiring maps and transit schedules once in country. Remember that a bus traveling between cities is usually referred to as un car, whereas a bus operating within the city limits is referred to as un bus.

The Paris bus system - operated by the RATP - runs from 5:30 am to 8:30 pm, though main routes usually stay open until 12:30 am. A ticket to ride the bus is roughly 1.70 EUR. Many Paris commuters prefer to take the metro, or a hybrid of both bus and metro, when traveling.

Other Modes of Transportation

Other modes of transportation that are available to ESL teachers include:


The idea of riding a bicycle around the countryside of France is a popular notion for some foreigners. In addition to being a way to take in the French scenery, a bicycle is a cheap and excellent way to get around a French city. Bicycles can be either purchased or rented.

Motor Vehicles

European drivers are generally known for striking fear into those expatriates who decide to get behind the wheel. Driving in France will take some practice, but eventually most people find that they grow accustomed to fast speeds, narrower lanes and bumper-to-bumper traffic jams.

Drivers are able to drive for up to one year with their American driver's license. Once an ESL teacher has been in France for 365 days, s/he may only drive with a French driver's license. ESL teachers from the following states can simply trade their state-issued license for a French version: Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, and Kentucky. Residents of other states will need to go through a testing process before being issued a French driver's license. For more information, please visit the French Embassy's website at https://www.ambafrance-us.org.

Language in France

French may be a language not that foreign to most, since many have taken it as a foreign language during their schooling. Brushing up on or learning the following day-to-day phrases will be of great help while in France. Additionally, many ESL jobs require that applicants have some understanding of the French language:

My name is______.
Mon nom est __.

How are you? / How's it going?
Comment allez-vous? (formal) / Comment ca va? (informal)

I'm from the United States.
Je suis des Etats-Unis.

Thank you / You're welcome.
Merci / De rien.

Where is the bathroom?
Ou sont les toilettes?

How much?

I'm hungry.
J'ai faim.

Can we go there by bus?
Pouvons-nous y aller en bus?

I'm sorry, I don't speak French.
Je regrette, je ne parle pas francais.

Can you help me?
Veuillez m'aider?

These are just some of the basic French phrases that English teachers may wish to practice before arriving in France. Although they will find that many French can understand some English, as part of the experience it is worth learning the language.

Eating in France

French Cuisine

French food will most certainly be one of the many fond experiences English teachers will have in France. There is a wide variety of familiar dishes from which to choose, as well as some that may seem quite peculiar. The French have a great passion for food and it is worth taking advantage of the experience and trying the local dish. To get a better idea of which restaurants, bistros and brasseries are worth exploring, it is best to inquire locally for recommendations. Some of the most popular dishes among foreigners are listed below:

Bouillabaisse - Fish stew local to the south of France. This dish can be quite expensive when ordered in a restaurant given the variety of fish, shellfish and mollusks included.

Confit de canard - "Duck confit" is made from the legs and wings of a duck cooked in grease.

Foie gras - The cooked liver of a duck or goose.

French Wine

When it comes to fine dining experiences, French wine must certainly come to mind. The French are famous for their many varieties of wine. There are seven to eight billion bottles of wine produced each year in France, enjoyed both within the country's borders and stocked in wine cellars around the globe. In some areas of France, it can be easier and cheaper to purchase wine than water. When perusing the aisles of your local supermarket, don't be surprised if you are having trouble orienting yourself. French wine is typically categorized by region, not by grape.

Climate in France

Metropolitan (mainland) France - commonly referred to as l'Hexagone due to its shape - is the largest country in the European Union, even with an area smaller than the size of Texas. There are four seasons in France, each varying from region to region. In general, heavy rainfall and milder weather occur in the western area of the country due to systems coming off the Atlantic, while France's coldest weather is typically found in the Alps. This mountain range and popular skiing destination is situated on the border France shares with Italy and a small part of Switzerland.

Natural Disasters

The risk of ESL teachers being exposed to a serious natural disaster while teaching in France is slim compared to other parts of the world. The most recent national emergency was the 2003 European heat wave that devastated France and affected much of Europe. The death toll in France was much higher than any other nation as many experts claimed that the French populace were not accustomed to such heat and did not understand how to cope with it. The heat wave was especially harsh on the elderly, as it was reported that many victims of the disaster were dehydrated and many French homes and retirement facilities had no form of air conditioning. Since the disaster, many more homes and residences are now equipped with central air.

Holidays in France

Banks, government offices, schools and shops will be closed on the following dates. Labor Day is the only French holiday that is always a paid day off. Other paid holidays are negotiated between an employee and employer. Additionally, in smaller towns, it is not uncommon for local shops to close for an extended period of time during school holidays in February, April/May, August, October, and December.

- January 1st - New Year's Day (Jour de l'an) As in the United States, New Year's Day is a celebration of the first day of the calendar year.
- Held on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th - Easter Sunday (Paques) A Christian-based holiday celebrated in similar fashion to the United States.
- Monday following Easter Sunday - Easter Monday (Lundi de Paques) The conclusion of the Easter weekend.
- May 1st - Labor Day (Fete du travail) A day to celebrate the accomplishments of French workers.
- May 8th - WWII Victory Day (Fete de la Victoire 1945 / Fete du huitieme mai) Also called VE-DAY (Victory in Europe Day), it is celebrated with great passion all over Europe.
- 40 days after Easter - Ascension Day (l'Ascension) A holiday based on the Christian faith.
- 49 days after Easter - Pentecost (Pentecote) Also known as Whit Sunday, it is customary to blow trumpets to recall the sound of the wind which accompanied the descent of the Holy Spirit.
- Monday after Pentecost - Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecote) Part of the Pentecost holiday (see above).
- July 14th - Bastille Day (Fete Nationale) Celebrated in commemoration of the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, a symbolic act of revolution that triggered the overthrow of the French monarchy.
- August 15th - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (l'Assomption) A religious holiday centered on celebrating the Virgin Mary.
- November 1st - All Saints' Day (La Touissant) A day to pay tribute to all Saints of the church collectively. It is also the day when many people in France visit the graves of loved ones with flowers and small gifts.
- November 11th - Veterans Day (Jour de l'Armistice / Jour du Souvenir) A day marking the end of the First World War.
- December 25th - Christmas Day (Noel) A French Christmas is very much like that in the United States.

Along with the national holidays listed above, France also has school holidays which occur four times a year. Schools in France are divided into three separate zones, entitled A, B, and C, with each one holding their school holidays on different weeks to avoid a flood of travelers in the country. Regardless of the zone, English teachers will have an autumn break in October, two weeks off over Christmas, a break in February, and a break in the spring (in addition to summer holidays). English teachers should note that tourist sites and transportation methods will be quite busy during these periods.

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What to Know about Teaching in France

France is a country in which many ESL teachers envision themselves teaching. Although France appears to be the ideal teaching location, its inclusion in the European Union (EU) makes obtaining a work visa quite difficult for non-EU citizens and the process is lengthy. Typically, a sponsoring employer must prove that there are no qualified EU citizens who could fill the position in question. Given that the UK and Ireland are members of the EU, native English language ability alone is usually not sufficient to support this claim. Applicants must prove that they have additional expertise that makes them unique among EU candidates.English teachers who are able to find a position in France can expect to make around 1,000 to 2,000 EUR per month and spend around 10 - 30 hours per week in the classroom (in addition to preparation time). It is important that those looking for teaching positions have the proper qualifications and are willing to be patient in their job search

Peak ESL Hiring Season in France

The French school system follows a similar schedule as in the United States. Because of this, the peak hiring seasons for an English-teaching position are usually around the start of the school year in September and again in January, after the Christmas break. Some teachers may choose to leave their contract during the Christmas break due to homesickness or other reasons, making it a favorable time for prospective ESL teachers to apply for a job.

There are rarely summer teaching positions in France, as most students use the summer months for other activities. However, there are some summer language camp positions available.

Public School System

The French public school system is divided into five sections: ecole maternelle (kindergarten, ages 3-5), ecole primaire (primary, ages 6-10), college (middle school, ages 11-14), lycee (high school, ages 15-18), and enseignement superieur (higher education).

English courses are part of a child's regular course load in a French public school, but the classes are usually delivered by local French-speaking teachers. There is less of an emphasis on hiring English teachers solely based on their native English abilities; preference is given to qualified teachers who have previous teaching experience and to those with knowledge of the French language. Additionally, those with an EU passport in hand and the above qualifications will have a much greater chance of securing a position.

Private Language Schools

Teaching at a private language school is an option that many future ESL teachers consider. There is a wide range of students attending private language schools, from school-age children who need extra help with their English homework to French CEOs looking to improve their English conversational skills. Many French companies often devote large amounts of money toward the English education of their employees.

Universities and Colleges

Since finding a job teaching English in France is not an easy task for non-EU citizens, finding work teaching at a French university or college is understandably more difficult. At least one university degree, work/teaching experience, and excellent communication skills in French are "must haves" for those interested in finding work at a post-secondary institution in France. Typically, schools are more likely to hire an American with education and experience in a niche high-tech or business profession.

Private Tutoring

Another option for English teachers hoping to make a living for themselves in France is to offer private lessons. Unfortunately, Americans working as freelance ESL teachers will still need to obtain a French visa before being able to legally earn money. Those who choose to offer private lessons tend to find that popular ESL markets, such as Paris, have too much competition and work can be scarce. Teaching English in smaller cities and rural regions can be a way to gain more students and bank more money from the decreased cost of living.

How to Find Jobs Teaching English in France

It is much harder to find an ESL teaching job while outside of the country. Therefore, it is highly recommended that those interested in teaching English in France travel there to perform a job search. That said, ESL teachers must be sure that they understand what is required of them should they need to apply for a work visa. It may be that they will have to return to their country of origin in order to submit the application.

Although finding a position in another country can be overwhelming, there are many resources to aid in the search for an ESL position. While experience with the French language will greatly help with a job search, there are still numerous English sources available online. Many of these resources offer information about living in France and its many attractions, and provide guidance concerning finding an English-teaching job that fits. In addition to providing factual information, the Internet is a great resource for reading about the experiences of other ESL teachers working in France and there may even be options to interact with those already established in the country.

Our English Language Schools Directory is the most comprehensive online database of ESL and international schools in France and is a great place to start.

In addition, the following websites offer plenty of information on living and teaching in France:

- Oxford Seminars ESL Teaching Resources
- Teach Abroad - https://www.teachabroad.com
- French Government's Tourism Page - http://us.franceguide.com/
- The Connexion - http://www.connexionfrance.com/
- Dave's ESL Cafe - http://www.eslcafe.com/
- Transitions Abroad - http://www.transitionsabroad.com/

Largest Chain Schools in France
There are a number of international ESL chain schools operating throughout France. Finding work at one of these schools can be a little less challenging than finding a job within the French public education system. That said, the same visa obstacles will exist regardless of whether or not an ESL teacher is teaching in a public school or a chain school.

IFG Langues
Being one of the largest international chain schools in France makes IFG Langues a popular spot for aspiring ESL teachers. There are over one hundred ESL teachers employed by this chain school in four locations throughout France. Teachers will need at least a Bachelor's Degree, TESOL certification, and two years of previous experience teaching adults. Business experience is a strong asset. Interviews and testing for IFG Langues are done in Paris.

Inlingua is one of the largest international ESL chain schools in the world and with their presence in France, they catch the interest of many ESL teachers. Inlingua is based out of Paris, but has locations scattered throughout the country. All candidates interested in working for the company must be 25 years or older.

Jobs Teaching English in the Summer in France

France's school system is similar to the United States in that school starts in September, ends in June, and there is a two month break in the summer. Be aware that August is typically a bad time to accomplish anything in France. Most of the French take the month of August off as vacation.

Tips for ESL Teachers in France

- Most English teaching jobs in France require applicants to have a good understanding of the French language. It may be worthwhile to take some time and enroll in French lessons before applying for teaching positions.

- A citizen from outside the European Union will have a difficult time getting a French visa. It is recommended to work with outside advisors such as a lawyer or a travel agent specializing in French visas to help with the application process.

- Those able to travel to France to apply in person will have an advantage when searching for an ESL teaching job, as opposed to those who apply from their home country.

- There is more competition for ESL jobs in Paris. Working in a smaller city or rural area of France will increase the odds of finding an English-teaching job, while living in a more remote area of France usually provides a much lower cost of living.

- France has a prominent role in the worldwide fashion scene. The way one dresses and presents him or herself in France holds great importance to the way one is judged.

Visa Requirements for ESL Teachers in France

American travelers entering France are granted a tourist visa at the airport that lasts for 90 days. Foreigners with tourist visas are not permitted to work in France. After staying in France for 90 days, a foreigner is no longer considered a tourist and will be required to have another form of visa that will allow extended stay.

Anyone from outside the EU wishing to teach English in France will have a few things against them:

- Being a member of the EU allows French schools the ability to hire native English speakers from the neighboring United Kingdom and Ireland with little paperwork.
- With English being the international language of business, there are many French citizens with an excellent understanding of the language.
- In order for American ESL teachers to obtain a visa they would need to prove that they can offer skills that no applicant from France or the EU can offer to a position. Therefore, teachers who have been educated, taught, or worked in a specialty field typically have a slightly better chance of gaining a work visa.
- During the visa review process, French officials will take into consideration the applicant's understanding of the French language, unique competencies that could help with the teaching position, and the applicant's education and work experience.

French Work Permit/Visa Requirements

French employers will prefer to hire a French citizen for any position, including teaching English. The next preference would be given to a citizen of another EU country. If there are no qualified applicants, they would consider sponsoring a visa for a citizen of a non-EU nation. If they choose this route, they must first obtain authorization from the French Ministry of Labor (DIRECCTE). Once this authorization is granted, it will be sent to the Immigration Bureau (OFII) for transmission to the appropriate French consulate. The teacher applicant can then book an interview at the consulate. If accepted, the applicant would be granted a visa long sejour (long-stay visa) and the ability to live in France, but not work. Those who have been granted a visa long sejour can then apply for a titre de sejour(residence permit) once in France, allowing them to legally work in the country. Without an application first filed by a French school or company, an American cannot apply for the necessary visa.

Teachers who have managed to find a French company or school willing to sponsor a visa long sejour will need to bring the following documentation to their local French consulate (see further below for French embassy and consulate locations). As visa guidelines can change without notice, applicants should confirm these requirements with their local consulate prior to the interview:

- Passport valid at least three months after the expiry date of the visa.
- Three photocopies of the photo page in the passport.
- Proof of current address.
- Two copies of a driver's license or state ID
- Two copies of a French visa long sejour application that have both been signed in ink.
- Two passport-size photographs
- Letter from an insurance company stating that the applicant has insurance valid in France for at least $40,000 USD.
- All visa application fees must be paid in full. It is best to call the local embassy or consulate in advance to find out the exact fees and the acceptable methods of payment.

It may also be useful for applicants to obtain an official French translation of their birth certificate as well as additional photocopies of all documents mentioned above. Be aware that the application process for getting a French visa is not a fast one, so expect to wait a couple of months to hear if it has been accepted or denied. If the visa long sejour is accepted, ESL teachers should apply for a titre de sejour immediately upon arrival in France. The titre de sejour application process is also known for taking a long time, but this document is needed to legally work in France. Once the application is submitted, however, a temporary permit will be issued allowing work to be performed while the official titre de sejour is being processed. Applicants of a titre de sejour are typically required to have a French medical assessment and an interview (sometimes used to test an applicant's understanding of French).

For more information about teaching English in France and obtaining a French visa, visit https://www.ambafrance-us.org.

Requirements for EU Citizens to Teach English in France

As France is a member of the European Union, citizens from other EU nations have the opportunity to work within the borders of France with little red tape. There is a preference towards hiring native French citizens to be ESL teachers, but candidates from other EU nations will still have good prospects.

Embassy and Consulate Information

American Embassy and Consular Offices in France
(Please not that full consular services are only provided in Paris and Marseille)

American Embassy in Paris
2 avenue Gabriel

75382 Paris, Cedex 08
Phone: 33 1 4312 2222
Fax: 33 1 4266 9783
Email: citizeninfo@state.gov
Website: http://france.usembassy.gov/
Normal Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Marseille (Consulate General)
Place Varian Fry

13286 Marseille Cedex 6
Phone: 01 4312 4885
Fax: 33 4 9155 5695
Email: citizeninfomarseille@state.gov
Website: https://marseille.usconsulate.gov
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 12:30pm and 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Bordeaux (American Presence Post)
89 quai des Chartrons

33300 Bordeaux
Phone: 01 4312 4865
Fax: 33 5 5651 6197
Email: usabordeaux@state.gov
Normal Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Lyon (American Presence Post)
1 quai Jules Courmont

69002 Lyon
Phone: 33 4312 4860
Email: usalyon@state.gov
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on appointment

Rennes (American Presence Post)
30 quai Duguay-Trouin

35000 Rennes
Phone: 33 4312 4870
Fax: 33 2 9935 0092
Email: usarennes@state.gov

Toulouse (American Presence Post)
25 allee Jean Jaures
31000 Toulouse
Phone: 33 5 3441 3650
Fax: 33 5 3441 1619
Email: usatoulouse@state.gov
Website: https://toulouse.usconsulate.gov

Nice (Consular agency)
7 avenue Gustave V
06000 Nice
Phone: 33 4 9388 8955
Fax: 33 4 9387 0738
Email: usanice@state.gov
Website: http://marseille.usconsulate.gov/nice.html

Strasbourg (Consulate General)
15 avenue d'Alsace

67082 Strasbourg Cedex
Phone: 1 4312 4880
Fax: 33 3 8824 0695
Email: usastrasbourg@state.gov
Website: http://strasbourg.usconsulate.gov
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on appointment

VPP Lille

American Embassy
2 avenue Gabriel
75008 Paris
Email: usalille@state.gov

Canadian Embassy and Consular Offices in France

Canadian Embassy in Paris
35 avenue Montaigne

75008 Paris
Phone: 33 (0)1 44 43 29 00
Consular Services: 33 (0)1 44 43 29 02
Fax: 33 (0)1 44 43 29 86
Email: paris-consulaire@international.gc.ca
Website: www.france.gc.ca
Normal Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Consulate of Canada in Lille
36 avenue Emile Zola

59800 Lille
Phone: 33 3 2014 3696
Fax: 33 3 2014 3696
Email: consulat.canada-lille@amb-canada.fr
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to noon

Consulate of Canada in Lyon
18 Avenue du Marechal de Saxe

69006 Lyon
Phone: 33 (0)4 7237 8667
Fax: 33 (0)4 7283 5357
Email: lyon@international.gc.ca
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Consulate of Canada in Monaco
Palais de la Scala

23 rue Emile de Loth
MC 98000 Monaco
Phone: 377 9770 6242
Fax: 377 9797 5709
Email: consulat.canada-monaco@amb-canada.fr
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Consulate of Canada in Nice
10 rue Lamartine, ler etage

06000 Nice
Phone: 33 (0)4 9392 9322
Fax: 33 (0)4 9392 5551
Email: nice@international.gc.ca
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Consulate of Canada in St Pierre et Miquelone
B.P. 4370

97500 St Pierre et Miquelon
Phone: 508 41 5510
Fax: 508 41 5510
Email: consulat.canada-stpierreetmiquelon@amb-canada.fr
Normal Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 am or by appointment

Consulate of Canada in Toulouse
10 rue Jules de Resseguier

31000 Toulouse
Phone: 33 (0)5 6152 1906
Fax: 33 (0)5 6155 4032
Email: toulouse@international.gc.ca
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

British Embassy and Consular Offices in France

British Embassy in Paris
35 rue du Faubourg St Honore

75363 Paris Cedex 08
Phone: 33 1 4451 3400
Fax: 33 1 4451 3109
Email: public.paris@fco.gov.uk
Website: http://ukinfrance.fco.gov.uk/en/
Normal Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm

British Consulate-General in Paris
16 rue d'Anjou 75008 Paris

postal address:
British Embassy, BP111-08
75363 Paris Cedex 08
Phone: 33 1 4451 3100
Fax: 33 1 4451 3127

British Consulate in Bordeaux
353 boulevard du President Wilson

33073 Bordeaux Cedex
Phone: 33 5 5722 2110
Fax: 33 5 5608 3312
Email: postmaster.bordeaux@fco.gov.uk
Normal Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

British Consulate in Marseille
24 avenue du Prado

13006 Marseille
Phone: 33 4 9115 7210
Fax: 33 4 9137 4706
Email: marseilleconsularservices.marseille@fco.gov.uk
Normal Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to noon, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

British Trade and Investment Office in Lyon
le Lugdunum
5, place Jules ferry

69006 Lyon
Phone: 33 4 7262 9955

Irish Embassy and Honorary Consulate Offices in France

Irish Embassy in Paris
12 avenue Foch
(entrace 4 rue Rude)

75116 Paris
Phone: 33 1 4417 6700
Fax: 33 1 4417 6750
Website: http://www.embassyofireland.fr/
Normal Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to noon

Honorary Consulate in Cherbourg
Gare Maritime Sud

50100 Cherbourg
Phone: 33 3323 4444
Fax: 33 2 3323 4440
Email: shamrock@wanadoo.fr

Honorary Consulate-General in Antibes/Cannes
St. Michel
69 avenue Roi Albert
La Californie
06400 Cannes
Phone: 33 6 7769 1436

Honorary Consulate in Monaco
Le Prince de Galles
5 avenue des Citronniers
98000 Monaco
Phone: 377 9315 7045
Fax: 377 9315 9516

Honorary Consulate in Lyon
158 avenue Roger Salengro

69100 Villeurbanne
Phone: 33 4 3728 1864
Fax: 33 4 7889 6420
Email: irishconsulat@gmail.com

Australian Embassy in France

Australian Embassy in Paris
4 rue Jean Rey

75015 Paris Cedex 15
Phone: 33 1 4059 3300
Fax: 33 1 4059 3310
Website: http://www.france.embassy.gov.au/
Normal Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

New Zealand Embassy in France

New Zealand Embassy in Paris
103 Rue de Grenelle

75007 Paris
Phone: 33 1 4501 4343
Fax: 33 1 4501 4344
Email: embassy.nz.fr@gmail.com
Normal Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Embassy and Consulate Information Outside France

Embassy of France in the United States
4101 Reservoir Road, N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 1 202 944 6000
Fax: 1 404 495 1661
Email: info@ambafrance-us.org
Website: http://www.ambafrance-us.org/
Hours: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Consulate general offices are located in major cities and offer full services including consular services. Honorary consulates offer a limited range of services. A full list of French consulates in the US can be found at: http://www.ambafrance-us.org/.

Embassy of France in Canada
42 Sussex Drive

Ottawa, ON K2P 0T8
Phone: 1 613 789 1795
Fax: 1 613 562 3735
Website: http://www.ambafrance-ca.org/
Normal Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Consulate general offices are located in major cities and offer full services including consular services. Honorary consulates offer a limited range of services. A full list of French consulates in Canada can be found at: http://www.ambafrance-ca.org/.

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France: A Financial Snapshot

English teachers who are able to find a position in France can expect to make around 1,000 to 2,000 EUR per month and spend around 10 - 30 hours per week in the classroom (in addition to preparation time).

Expected Apartment Costs in France

A small one bedroom apartment (approximately 350 square feet), located within Paris, can start at 1,200 EUR per month and work its way up. On the other hand, an apartment just outside the city can cost as low as 650 EUR per month.Utility costs are sometimes included in the rent, but not always. It is important that ESL teachers looking for an apartment keep this in mind. Typical utilities for a French apartment include heat, electricity, water, and possibly other services.

Banking in France

Setting up a French bank account is essential to conducting everyday business in France. With a French bank account, ESL teachers can pay their bills (rent, utilities, Internet, cell phone, etc.), have their paycheck cashed or deposited, and perform other routine tasks. Each French bank requires different documentation from ESL teachers hoping to start up an account, so it is best to call the bank before arriving to both arrange for an appointment and find out what paperwork and identification are needed. Typically, ESL teachers will need to provide a valid photo ID, proof of residency, money that is ready to be deposited in the new account, and possibly a letter from their employer. A French bank account generally includes the use of a debit card and a checkbook. It can be difficult for Americans to obtain a French credit card due to the fact that banks typically do not offer credit to foreign citizens. However, ESL teachers who already have their titre de sejour and proof of employment may be granted a combined Visa/debit card. Be aware that France makes much wider use of "chip" cards with an access PIN than does the United States, so Americans may not be able to use their domestic credit card if it does not already have chip technology embedded into the card.

Food Costs in France

Aldi, Cora, Lidl, Metro, E. Leclerc, Carrefour and SPAR are some of the supermarket options located within France. As there is an emphasis on having fresh ingredients in French cooking, many French shoppers lean toward the traditional method of purchasing their produce from the outdoor farmer's market, meat from the butcher, baked goods from the baker, milk from the dairy, and cheese from the cheese shop.

Below are some examples of typical French food prices.

- 1.5L bottle of Coca Cola
2.40 EUR

- 1 kg of fresh apples (locally sourced)
2.30 EUR

- Loaf of fresh white bread
1.30 EUR

- Bottle of wine (mid-range)

- Cappuccino
2.5 EUR

- 200g container of Maxwell House instant coffee
5.38 EUR