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How British expatriates are living in France

 And now for something completely different : be aware that when living in France, the distinction between café, bistro and bar is becoming more and more blurred and these words can be used to mean more or less the same thing. Cafés are open all day long and hours vary according to the region. In Paris and large towns, it can be as early as 6 am, to the wee hours of the next day. In France you don’t go up to the bar, order your drink and take it with you to a table. There’s always someone to serve you. Cafés, bistros and bars are obliged to display an official price list, so if you think they are trying to fleece you, you can always check. The French have only the vaguest notion of how to make a nice cuppa so you will likely be disappointed. Be prepared for just a teabag dangled in tepid water. The French value politeness so say “bonjour” when you server approaches. You must order something when you sit at a table, when you’ve drunk up, you’re under no obligation to re-order and nobody seems to mind how long you stay.

“ERASMUS”

Erasmus is part of the EU’s lifelong learning programme. It provides funds to help students and staff in higher education, study and work in Europe.

Erasmus gives students a whole range of benefits and opportunities, the importance of living and studying in another country cannot be overstated.

“It was an adventure, everyday was set as an adventure, we learnt so much that one day seemed like one week.”

You learn an enormous amount about other cultures, you experience a different educational environment, you make a range of contacts not only of people from the country that you’re visiting but also other Erasmus students.

“I’ve met a lot of people from different countries like eastern Europe, America.”

Students do maintain those contacts throughout their studies and beyond.

“It also provides them with amazing opportunities for personal development, they go out, they have a really, really nice time.”

“I wanted to learn another language and experience another culture, as well as meet people from other cultures.”

“It actually helped me develop my language skills, I’ve come back to Greenwich with a high level of speaking Spanish, I even speak the Andalucian accent.”

In terms of career, this is something that looks very, very good on a CV; it really impresses employers to see that someone has had the initiative, the maturity and is able to deal with the challenges of living abroad.