Studying abroad in France with an American program can be really expensive.

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Orientation 050And even though you’ve always dreamed of doing a year abroad in the City of Lights, you’ve always worried that it’s just a little bit out of your reach.

The average tuition for an undergraduate study abroad program is $40,000, and that doesn’t even include room and board. And the average cost of a Master’s degree in the U.S. is about the same.

But French university tuition is only €437. And that includes a year of student health insurance.

So what are you paying for?

Let me let you in on a little secret:

If you enroll in a traditional study abroad program, you’re paying thousands of dollars for your home university to accept transfer credits from the French university.

American schools don’t want to give up their tuition dollars just so you can go gallivanting around Europe and attend a school that’s practically giving away their classes.

Even though it costs them virtually nothing for you to go abroad.

If you spend your junior year in Paris, you pay them tens of thousands of dollars to hold your spot and to count your foreign credits towards your degree. They don’t have to do any work, and they still get your federal financial aid.

IMG_0554For them, it’s easy money.

For you, it means incurring a lifetime of debt for an education that costs them nothing.

But what if you could spend a year abroad without spending the down payment on a small house?

You can.

If you enroll directly to do your Master’s degree at a French university.

But going abroad on your own is scary.

There’s nobody to help you find an apartment so you don’t fall for the Craigslist scams.

There’s nobody to help you pick your courses, so you don’t end up with that one professor who hates Americans and who marks you down for every little grammatical mistake you make.

And then there’s the question of all that paperwork: figuring out how to apply to a French school in the first place, getting a visa, and enrolling once you get here.

What if I told you that there’s another way?

IMG_0020What if I told you that you could come to France for a fraction of the cost, without doing any of your own paperwork?

You can spend a year abroad without going into debt.

All you have to do is come to France with Paris Unraveled.

You see, we’re not in the business of trading credits for financial aid.

We’re in the business of helping you have the year of a lifetime.

When you come to France to do your master’s degree with Paris Unraveled, we’ll take care of all of the hard stuff.

  • We’ll tell you exactly when and where to take the DELF, DALF, or TCF to validate your level of French.
  • We’ll work with you to develop a unique research project, and find a professor at a French university who will work with you during the year.
  • We’ll take care of all of the paperwork, from making sure your visa application is complete to sending off your arrival paperwork to the Office Français d’Immigration et d’Intégration (OFII).
  • We’ll find your apartment, make sure it’s not a scam, and accompany you to the arrival and departure walk-throughs to make sure you get your security deposit back.
  • We’ll help you choose classes, write your papers, and even find jobs, internships, or student groups to join.

In other words, we do everything a study abroad program does.

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So what’s the difference?

You won’t get an American degree. The degree you receive when you complete the year successfully will be a French degree from a French university.

You won’t get federal financial aid from the U.S. Government.

And most importantly, you won’t get tens of thousands of dollars of student loan debt that can’t be discharged with bankruptcy.

So what will you get?

You’ll get a year of living abroad, exploring your passion, and completing your master’s degree debt- and guilt-free.

Orientation 066You’ll get a year of becoming fluent in French and proving you can live in a foreign country by yourself.

You’ll get a year of international work experience that will impress employers everywhere.

And who knows? You may get a job or a significant other that changes the course of your life.

So don’t let finances and circumstances hold you back.

Commit to giving yourself the gift of a lifetime.

Take a chance.

Come to Paris.

About the author: Allison Lounes is a Bureaucracy Ninja at Paris Unraveled, and has been helping students move to France and conquer French bureaucracy since 2010.

    • Allison Lounes is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A., French and Romance Philology, 2009) and the Middlebury College French School (M.A., French, 2009). After studying abroad with Columbia University Programs in Paris during the 2007-2008 academic year, she returned to France in September 2009 to complete a Master 2 degree in Comparative Literature at the Université de Paris VII - Denis Diderot, where she studied Algerian libertine folktales.