France Cultural Information

Know before you go!
The following resources will help you prepare mentally for your study abroad experience! The more you learn about your host destination pre-departure, the richer your experience will be!

France Official Travel Guide

Culture Gram

Local News

Television and Films












Recommended Readings

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  • Amok and Other Stories by Stefan Zweig
  • The Flanders Panel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte










Experience francophone music







Cultural Activities

  • Take a stroll in Les Catacombes
  • Ski the Alps in Rhône-Alpes region
  • Soak up some sun at Les Plages De St Tropez
  • Go wine tasting through La Route Des Vins D'Alsace
  • Canyon in La Valle De Chamonix





Recommended Websites


Common French Cuisine

  • Bouillabaisse
  • Mille feuilles
  • Foie Gras
  • Gougères
  • Rillettes
  • Confit de Canard

Prominent French Icons

Joël Robuchon named France's Chef of the Century. He is known for the relentless perfectionism of his cuisine; he says there is no such thing as the perfect meal – you can always do better.

Surya Bonaly a French-American professional figure skater. She is known for being the only skater who can land a back flip on one foot on the ice.

Yo-Yo Ma is an acclaimed cellist and songwriter who has produced over 75 albums and won more than 15 Grammy Awards.

Zinedine Zidane A three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Zidane led France to victory in the 1998 World Cup and starred for clubs in France, Italy and Spain. His career ended in shocking fashion when he was expelled from the 2006 World Cup final for headbutting an opponent, but he is nonetheless regarded as one of soccer's all-time greats.


François Hollande is the current president of the French Republic.  He is the second left-wing President of the Fifth Republic.


Nicolas Sarkozy he became the first President since Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte to address the Versailles Congress on 22 June 2009.






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