How to manage your money wisely

Major credit cards (such as Visa and MasterCard) are accepted by most merchants for payments in excess of 15 Euros. Automated teller machines (cash machines) are readily available in cities.

The French make extensive use of checks. But checks drawn on foreign banks are rarely accepted by French merchants.

The Euro is now the sole currency used for cash transactions in France.

International students may open nonresident bank accounts in Euros or another currency if they have been in France for less than 2 years. They may open a resident account if their stay is longer. Ask your bank if it is associated with a banking institution in France. The connection may make things easier when you go to open an account in France.

Have you prepared a budget ? Have you looked into scholarships and grants from the French government ?

 
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