They immediately treated me like part of the family. I felt very welcome. – Jillian B, Villanova University.
Students are hosted in French families, and receive a continental breakfast every day. No other meals are provided by the families, although they will invite you occasionally.
The program provides several meals during orientation, excursions, and a good-bye dinner.
Staying in a host family is an important element of your study abroad experience. Not only will you be able to speak French with your hosts, but you will learn frist-hand about French culture. Your host family will be an important contact when you arrive in Paris. They will orient you in your neighborhood, help you solve practical problems, and take care of your well-being.
You will have your own keys, and you will be completely independent, but we encourage you to create a friendly relationship with your hosts.
With 10 years’ experience placing students in French families, Paris School of Arts and Culture will make sure that students are placed with safe, comfortable and friendly families. All our families have been carefully selected, and have experience welcoming foreign students.
Our first criteria when selecting families are the safety of the neighborhood and the friendliness of the family. Which is why our families do not generally live in the most central parts of Paris – the center being very busy. We prefer to select residential areas in quieter areas inside Paris, well connected to all the program’s meeting places.
Good homestays are hard to find in Paris, a city in perpetual housing shortage, particularly in the summer when families go away on vacation. Apply early to help us find better placements for you.
If you have special accommodation requirements or preferences, please contact us and we will do our best to take your wishes into account.
Allocated accommodation will be confirmed near the U.S. departure date, and maximum 5 business days prior to the start of the term.
PSAC will make sure that someone is there to wait for you on arrival day, and you will receive detailed information by email regarding the pick-up service at arrival and how to meet your family, after sending us your arrival information.
Students arriving early should arrange for their accomodation until the program’s official arrival day, or contact us to see if it’s possible to settle directly in their host families. Similarly, if you require Paris hotel recommendations for visiting friends or family, please contact us, we will be happy to assist you.
After arrival, we provide ongoing assistance to help students get used to cultural differences in home living.
Orientation will include a discussion of what to do and not to do in a French home.
- a private bedroom
- wireless internet
- access to kitchen supplies and cookware
- access to a shared bathroom
- study desk in your room (big enough for making art)
- comfortable furnishings
- use of washing machine (rules defined by family)
- towels and bed linen, changed every week
- hanging and folded clothing storage
They do not include:
- land line telephones (unless specified by your family)
- clothes dryers