“I think host families were the best way for me to learn. You’re forced to find the words you’re looking for. Unlike an essay, or self-study, you don’t have the option of looking things up or stopping the conversation. You have to keep pushing through. It’s exhausting, but it’s the best way to learn a language.”
– Alexandra Wood, Reed College
Living abroad is an eye-opening experience that encourages communication and understanding in an increasingly globalized world. Navigating the nuances of and learning about an unfamiliar culture is an important aspect of study abroad that is best approached through close interaction with the host country and locals. Your choice of housing will have an important impact on how you discover Paris, perfect your French, and learn about French culture.
Students may choose between a homestay with a French family or independent living arrangements. We encourage you to contact Tary Coppola in the U.S. office to learn more about what to expect from a homestay.