Impressed by the Wikibook Instructing Assistant in France Survival Information, this web page is geared in direction of People touring to France with their youngster(ren) by means of the CIEP program.

If you need to study extra about this program, please go to the Embassy of France within the U.S. website online: Instructing Assistant Program in France.

The method is extra concerned than for assistants touring alone. We hope this web page gives a wealth of knowledge and assets for these of you who want to embody your loved ones on this journey!

For the aim of continuity, this info is for bringing one youngster. Please modify accordingly for a number of kids.



Assistants make roughly 900€ every month – earlier than taxes. This quantity is appropriate for one particular person to reside on (with the assistance of French authorities help such because the CAF), nevertheless it’s not really useful that you simply depend solely on this earnings to assist your dependents while you’re there.

It’s extremely really useful that you’ve got some cash saved up earlier than leaving for France. How a lot? That is a superb query, to which I do not but have a solution.


Earlier than making use of for a Visa, your youngster will need to have a sound U.S. Passport.

Your youngster will want a Lengthy Keep Visa. This usually takes three months to be processed however varies relying on the consulate and whether or not or not you apply in particular person.

The Visa price for your self is free, nevertheless in 2005 the Lengthy Keep Visa for a kid of a instructing assistant was $125. Please inquire as to the price, as it’s topic to alter.

It’s essential to:

  • present monetary disclosure by displaying how you propose on financially supporting your youngster throughout your keep (a signed assertion out of your financial institution)
  • show that your youngster has medical health insurance all through the go to
  • present an tackle of residence for the time of your keep (most assistants may have this so use the tackle of the college)

Be ready with as a lot info as attainable in the event you apply in particular person. You might be requested for copies of aircraft tickets.

(extra on these factors later)


Photocopy, photocopy, and photocopy!!!
Convey originals and photocopies of immunizations.
The French colleges need to see proof of a tuberculosis vaccination however proof of a tuberculosis take a look at shall be enough.
Convey a lot of pockets dimension photographs (headshots) of each member of the family.
Inquire about after faculty or further youngster care out there on the Mairie or faculty.
Maintain documentation about your wage and discover out in the event you qualify for a discount for varsity lunch.

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