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Working Abroad in France

France is one of the most desirable places in the world to work abroad as an expat. One of the world’s wealthiest countries with a very high standard of living, France has always been a centrally influential cultural, economic, and political force in European affairs. Not to mention it is one of the most scenically beautiful nations in the world, with sprawling hills and vineyards spanning from the magnificent cliffs of Normandy in the West to the towering Alps in the East. Working in France can truly be the experience of a lifetime whatever your field of interest.


Paris is the obvious place to start when seeking a job in France. One of the most iconic cities on the planet, the City of Love is an ideal place to find work in France, however long your stay and whatever your area of employment. Today Paris is one of the most globally connected cities on the planet and one of the most influential in terms of film, fashion, literature, and artistic excellence. More than that, Paris is a bustling metropolitan area of over 12 million inhabitants from all over the world, a melting pot of races, culture, and opportunity which is sure to inspire wonder any international worker.

Other popular cities for jobs abroad in France include Marseilles, Lyon, and Toulouse, which offer expats a more authentically French experience working abroad, as they are not so iconically global. Lyon is known as the Capital of Lights because of the annual Fête des Lumières festival which it hosts, Marseilles is France’s largest commercial port city sitting pristinely on the Mediterranean coast, and Toulouse is a beautiful brick city, which is one of the primary French hubs of education. There are many other cities in France well worth seeking employment in, so do not limit yourself even to those listed above.

It is also possible to find work in France away from the cities, if you want a more quiet place to settle into life abroad. Living in the rural areas of France and working in a small town or in the countryside can be a sublime experience for expats. France is a large and diverse country, so do your research carefully when determining what kind of environment you want to work and live in.

Jobs in France

The types of jobs in France available to foreign workers depend primarily on whether you plan to live in France temporarily or you plan on settling in and pursuing a full time career. For example, there are many opportunities to work in France as a teacher, au pair, or on a vineyard, but these openings tend to be temporary and rarely last more than one year (which is still viable to be the best year of your life).

If you truly wish to settle down in France and find permanent employment then the situation becomes trickier, because you will have to go through the process of attaining a work and residential visa. This is easier for European nationals than for workers from other countries because of European labor laws. However, France does have many international organizations and multinational corporations through which it is possible to pursue steady employment. If this is the route you wish to take then start building up your resume and perfecting your language skills, and you’ll be well on your way to obtaining a job in France!

French is the language of business across the country and for most jobs abroad in France you will be expected to have at least basic competency in French. There are some temporary jobs in France which do not require you to be fluent in French, but the locals will be much more welcoming if you are able to speak the language. Many French people do speak English, but it is well worth the effort to learn the language so that you can fully experience French culture.

Salary & Affordability

France has one of the highest performing economies in the world and as such is a fairly expensive place to live and work abroad. General costs of living in big cities, such as Paris, will be significantly higher than in the countryside, so keep this in mind when determining where to pursue a job opportunities in France. Foreign workers are often compensated via other means, such as room and board, if working in France temporarily, while full time salaries vary heavily between fields of employment.

Accommodation & Visas

What type of accommodation you will have available in France depends on the type of employment you are seeking. Temporary workers are often offered the opportunity to live with a local host family if they are, say, au pairing or working as an English tutor.

However, most expats in France end up finding themselves their own apartment or flat to live in to provide a more independent lifestyle. It will be much cheaper to start by renting out a room, then perhaps moving into your own place once you have saved up the money to do so. Obviously it will be more affordable living away from the city center in the more suburban areas as well.

If you are from the European Union then you are not required to obtain a work visa to pursue jobs in France. International workers from other countries, on the other hand, face a slightly more difficult situation - work visas have to be endorsed and organized by your host employer, so you will need to find work in France before actually moving to the country.

Benefits & Challenges

Finding work abroad in France is an extremely romantic notion to most, but one well worth pursuing if you are willing to commit to learning the language and immersing yourself fully in this wonderful culture. Whether downtown in the big city or in a small town in the rolling hills of the countryside, France has a certain aura about it which breathes beauty and cultural refinement. 

If you are seriously considering working abroad, then there are few places better than France to begin your journey.

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Want to learn more about teaching English in France? Click the button to learn more about job opportunities & TEFL certification for teaching English in France. ITA offers accredited TEFL classes in Toulouse, Online & in 25 locations worldwide; all students receive lifetime job placement assistance. We certify more than 3,500 people a year & our graduates are teaching in 80 countries.

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Experience France by caring for children through GeoVisions jobs abroad program working as an Au pair. The program places participants in French households and is open to American, Kiwi, Australian, and Canadian citizens with prior experience in childcare. Along with a stipend, participants receive free room and board.


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Experience living in France through an au pair placement offered by InterExchange. Au pairs have the chance to experience the day-to-day-life in the country with their host family. They can use their earnings to travel to nearby cities and explore French fashion.


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Teach English in Asia, Europe, Africa and Worldwide. Teaching English overseas can be a good way to make this dream come true. If you want a prolonged vacation in the exotic destinations around the world, teaching ESL can be the best profession. Teach & Travel - the best way to see the world through the eyes of locals while working to change their lives through education in the English language...


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Work with young learners as a camp counselor in France. American Village Camps hosts immersion camps which facilitate English language courses. They are looking for native English speakers, who enjoy working with children, to fill in the available positions.


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Latitude International Education is offering you a unique opportunity to experience the French culture & language through our Au Pair Program. As an au pair you will be helping a host family with childcare and light housework in exchange for room & board and pocketmoney (stipend). You will have the chance to study the local language and take part in family life. As an au pair, you will be a mem...


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Become TEFL certified in France and start your international teaching career through i-to-i UK Ltd. Placements are available in cities within France. Participants will have access to TEFL jobs around the world.


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CIEE Global Internship programs are built just for you! All of our locations offer a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries. When you apply, we work directly with you to find an internship that suits your unique needs and professional goals. Students on this program begin by taking two CIEE elective courses offered on a 6-week academic block system. Electi...


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An iconic Parisian brew pub needs staff and managers for its pubs and restaurants across France. FrogPubs needs staff to help it make and serve the best craft beers and genuinely good burgers at its nine pubs or restaurants in Paris and three in different parts of France. Apart from being legally allowed to work in France, applicants must possess a strong level of spoken French, generosity, pas...


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Have you always dreamed of living in France? Make your dream come true by becoming an Au Pair Abroad in France with Cultural Homestay International (CHI). We have been in the business of changing lives through cultural exchange for over 36 years! As an Au Pair Abroad in France, you will provide childcare to a loving host family for 25-30 hours per week. You will have 1-2 days off per week an...


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Dreaming of going to Paris for a gap year? Au Pair Paris can make this dream come true. They offer a unique program for smart, qualified young Americans and other Anglophones to become au pairs in the City of Light. Au pairs live with a French family, take a French class, and live "la vie Francaise." Host families are looking for individuals who can share their skills and knowledge and help ...


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Aquarius Abroad is a premier agency in France that provides jobs to qualified participants. The Work in France program is for the benefit of individuals who intend to acquire work experience in the romance capital of the world. Work placements in the hospitality industry are open all year round to young professionals aged 18 to 28 and have an intermediate level in the French language. Par...


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A 4-week intensive programme taught by highly qualified and experienced teacher trainers! TEFL Prestige is a trading division of Prestige Interlanguage, a well-known language school in France. Your TEFL course will take place in the modern and well equipped new premises of Prestige Interlanguage. Studying in an existing language school will give you a real classroom teaching experience!