Here are a few recommendations I make to my students before they jump on the plane or on the train..
If you are coming through Paris :
Make sure that you have the school emergency number and the number of the taxi that is coming to fetch you at the airport. This information will have been sent to you or to your travel organisation ahead of time.
If you are going to take the metro in Paris check that you know which line you need to take before getting on a train. You can also ask your school for a timetable of trains before hand.
If you know which train you will be taking inform the school so that they can arrange for your host family to meet you at the station.
If you are coming to Rouen by public transport :
If you are going directly to your host family make sure that you have all the papers with their correct address and telephone numbers.
If you are being met by your family at the station please let them and the French In Normandy team know the correct time of your train and please let us know if you miss it or if there are any problems en route.
What to pack?
· Casual clothes for the lessons
· Something smart if you want to go out!
· 1 pair of trainers for outdoor activities
· 1 swimming costume
· 1 warm jacket or waterproof jacket
· 1 warm pull-over
It is never very cold in Rouen even in the winter which is usually wet and sometimes windy so for winter months make sure that you have a warm waterproof jacket. Summers are usually pleasantly warm but one never knows so bring a coat just in case!
· Make sure that you have travel insurance
· 1 camera
· 1 travel adaptator for hairdryers/electric razors/laptops
· Credit card
· Some cash (Euros)
· A bag for your French books, notebooks, maps etc.
For students choosing a host family
Think about bringing a small typical gift from your country to give your French host family and also bring some photos of your own family or town as this will give you something to start the conversation going!
Eleri Maitland is Director of French in Normandy. This award winning French language school is based in Rouen and welcomes students from around the world who want to learn and practice French in France.