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Study Abroad: Education Sources: France

This guide is intended for a study abroad course at the College of Education.

Map of France

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Travel Information

French Ministry of Education

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Natural Disasters and School Emergency Drills

Information about school emergency drills such as fire drills or drills for other natural disasters may not be available online. However, another way to be prepared is to be aware of some of the common natural disasters that occur in France:

  • Forest fires: Forest fires can occur anywhere in southern France during the summer months but especially along the Mediterranean coast and on Corsica.
  • Flooding: During periods of heavy rainfall, areas of France can be at risk of flooding, particularly regions near the Seine or other rivers.
  • Avalanches: There can be risks of avalanches in the mountainous areas of the country.

Finding More Resources in the Library Catalog

To find more information about the educational system of France, try these tips for searching the library catalog to find books, magazines or journals, DVDs, and many other resources:

Here are some keywords that may be useful in your search:

  • Education -- France
  • Education, secondary -- France
  • Education, higher -- France
  • Education -- curricula
  • Curriculum planning
  • Curriculum evaluation

Background Information on Education System

For a brief overview of France's educational system and related topics, try these articles available through the library's collections. The first article, "France", is available in print in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library's reference book

The following books from the library's collection may provide further useful information:

Publications from UNESCO, Eurydice, and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs may also be helpful in your research:

Cultural Norms

For information about cultural norms in France, try these resources:

To find more resources, try searching using the following keywords:

  • France -- social life and customs
  • Paris (France) -- social life and customs
  • Visitors, Foreign -- France
  • Etiquette -- France
  • Culture shock -- France
  • Intercultural communication -- France

French-Language Education Periodicals

These French-language education periodicals are available online and can be searched for relevant articles: