As you board your plane in the U.S., leaving behind the comforts of home, family and friends for your new adventure in France, be confident that we’ve got you covered pre-departure through to arrival and beyond.

You will begin your experience in France by getting to know the staff and taking part in a comprehensive orientation program. The Arcadia France staff is a dedicated and extraordinarily well-informed team who take great pride and delight in sharing their knowledge and appreciation of France with you.

Your first days with them will help prepare you for living and studying in France. You'll meet other program participants and have a chance to explore Paris and learn about basic cultural and academic differences.

All of the activities during orientation are designed to help you adjust skillfully to your new home and become an informed participant in your host culture. Orientation is one of the most important steps in giving you the skills and knowledge to expand your own cultural learning while in France.