It all starts in Perth back in 2011. Adrien and Théo decided to go and live for a year Down Under, to perfect their English and discover this incredible country that is Australia. The adventure is great and the preparations are in full swing: VISA, health insurance, English lessons, accommodation, flights… this is the first time the two friends have left the fold and they make sure they have thought of everything.
In their searches, they came across a golden mine: australia-australie.com, a website that summarized everything you had to do before leaving France. The community was very responsive and we found all the information we needed on their forum. Preparations were quickly completed & they finally flew to Australia! Everything went according to plan there: the administrative procedures were quickly completed and their Working Holiday VISA allowed them to find a job within a couple a weeks.
Upon their return to France, they realized how much australia-australia facilitated their stay in Perth. Throughout 2012-2018, they kept travelling (Spain, Poland, Indonesia) and everywhere they went they realized that expatriates, whether students or workers, face the same issues, regardless of the country they travel to.
This will certainly be your first challenge, especially since English is not widely used here. An example?
In France, most service websites (telecoms, banks, electricity, etc.) are not translated into English, which is quite a struggle for international students.
Student visa, registration with the French healthcare system … there are plenty of mandatory procedures that you’ll have to do.
These procedures can be complicated when you are alone, that’s why we’ve decided to put online resources, tips and information.
Short-term stay and language barrier hinder the search for accommodation, especially in large cities where demand is high.
Landlords tend to favour French students because they are more likely to stay for 2 or 3 years rather than a few months. Moreover, they are backed by French guarantors.
Opening a bank account, taking out home insurance: there are plenty of administrative procedures to carry out when you move to a new country, even for a short time.
Paperwork can sometimes turn into a real nightmare! We are here to make all this easier 😊
It will be until 2020 before the project emerges from the ground. The idea becomes a entrepreneurial project and Adrien and Théo start working on StudyinFrance. What exactly is it about?
Our goal? Make life easier for international students in France.
How? By providing all the information, resources and tips they’ll need to settle-in smoothly. The content we publish and the resources we put online are all accessible for free. We encourage mutual support and sharing of experiences, so that as many students as possible can easily prepare their stay in France.
Adrien is passionate about entrepreneurship, sports and travel, always looking for new experiences to arouse his curiosity. At StudyinFrance, Adrien is in charge of partnerships.
‘Digital Nomad‘ at heart, Theo has a home port in Brittany and a permanent desire to discover a new country, its culture and its gastronomy. At StudyinFrance, Théo takes care of our website and our student community.