Gap Years and Backpacking in France

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Complete Gap Years
The best way to explore France on your gap year
Learn French
Pick up a valuable skill on your gap year
Working in France
Experience work in France on your gap year
Teach in France
Teach English and other skills while you're in France
A Guide to France
Read our advice on things to do in France
Travel in France

Gap Years in France

Backpacking in France will typically involve InterRailing, with cities around the country acting as major transport hubs.

France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for over twenty years and it's geographically one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany and Normandy.

The country is well-renowned for its gastronomy (particularly wines and cheeses), history, culture and fashion. 

Backpacking in France

Backpacker Tours

Backpacker Tours

InterRail Passes

InterRail Passes

Multi-Country Trips

Multi-Country Trips

Accommodation

Accommodation

Volunteering

With these projects we'll get you set up to work, study and live in France. If you've ever fancied dabbling in the French lifestyle and let's face it, it's a good lifestyle, this is the place for you. Your gap year could be super chilled out teaching English in a small French school or you could be walking the halls of the famous Sorbonne studying with the greats. However you decide to spend your gap year, we've got something to help it get started!

Volunteering in France

European Jobs

European Jobs

Languages

Languages

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Work Experience

Work Experience

Advice

You probably know by now that there's quite a bit to do in France and that doing it can be a bit tricky. English is growing to be wider spoken, but in parts of France it's either begrudgingly spoken or not spoken at all. So, here's our advice on a couple of things to do and some language and food pointers. You'll have an amazing time, we can more or less guarantee it - they've got over 400 types of cheese, so you know they're on to a good thing!

Advice for France

Teaching English

Teaching English

How to Survive a Ski Season

How to Survive a Ski Season

Travel Tips

Travel Tips

Food

Food

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France Fact!

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From the French Alps to the marvelous beaches lining the azure waters in the French Riviera, France is one of the most visited countries in the world. In 2007, it attracted as many as 81.9 million tourists.

France Fact!

Traditionally there are around 350 - 400 varieties of French cheese, but now there are over 1,000 different types available.