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Studying Abroad in France

Financially speaking, times are tough in education. People are therefore understandably asking whether or not trips involving studying abroad in France can justify the cost and effort involved. We offer a resounding yes! Why is France so popular for studying abroad? Taking a trip for study purposes to France is popular and it always has been - at least since the middle of the 20th century. Why is that? Well, there are certain practical considerations: • It's close at hand therefore easy to get to • Traditionally, France has always encouraged and welcomed educational tours from overseas. isunderstandings, suspicions and hostility between Europeans that has led to so many wars in the past. • It's easy to get around and it's also a great chance to practice that GCSE French. However, none of these are necessarily evidence that students learn very much from such trips - so do they really? Again, we say most certainly. ake students aware there is a different and sometimes almost alien world-view that exists only 20 miles from parts of the coast of England. Through the 19th and 20th centuries, much of the world has adopted what the French call 'Anglo-Saxon' values. The use of Anglo-Saxon here is somewhat vague and generally applies to the United Kingdom and USA, but also sometimes to other parts of the English-speaking world such as Australia. The values of this French perspective 'cultural grouping' have proliferated and are seen to be very much those of consumerism, commercialism, unbridled competition, profit-above-all capitalism and individualism as survival-of-the-fittest in social and economic terms. By contrast, the traditional French social and economic approach has inclined much more towards collectivism, socialism, regulation, control and state-centric activity. It doesn't really matter which set of values you adhere to or believe in, what is important for students is to see and experience a different set of views and values. It's about opening minds and thinking outside of the cultural box we grow up in.

Low cost travel ideas?

by Carter7

Hey guys,
I'm planning on taking my first trip abroad this summer, and am still deciding on a destination. Originally I had thought I would go to Italy and France, to see Venice, Normandy, and some of the cool historical stuff that they have over there (the typical tourist stuff). I have quickly discovered that it's fairly expensive to travel to Europe, especially during the summer. I can afford it, but since I'm not dead-set on Europe as a destination, why not go somewhere less expensive and take a trip that lasts longer? Instead of going to Europe for 2 weeks and spending $1500 (plus airline fees), why not go somewhere where I can stay for 4 weeks for the same price?
So what are your favorite destinations where you can stay (fairly) comfortably for less? So far friends...

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