Pick a nice location in Paris
Paris is a very large European metropolis and therefore offers students many opportunities when it comes to linguistic stays. If you plan to learn French in Paris, it is important to choose your neighborhood according to your goals. Pick a location and/or residence home to French and international students, and make sure the local cultural life is vibrant enough. Staying in a lively neighborhood is indeed paramount, since social interactions are a key to success if you want to learn French quickly.
Find activities outside your university
Recognized French language schools such as CCFF are known for the cultural activities offered to students, such as workshops, conferences and all kinds of outings in Paris. International students, however, will be better off finding extracurricular activities that will allow them to improve their linguistic autonomy, while enjoying Parisian life. Thanks to its dynamism, the French capital will definitely give you the opportunity to indulge your passions whether it is sports, music or cinema. When possible, favor group activities that will encourage you to speak French!
Meet French people
Whether in the context of studies, work or friendly relations, do not hesitate to meet the local population and find out about the French way of life – while of course improving your mastery of French language. As explained before, try to make non-English speaking contacts as it will “force” you to speak French and overcome your hesitations.
Remember that your personal network can only make your stay in France more pleasant, both in terms of language and personal development. As a student, you will probably find a date in Paris ; if so, don’t be afraid of a French romance ! This could only motivate you to deepen your mastery of the French language…
Chat with other international students
In addition to your Parisian friends, try to meet students from other French regions or even other French-speaking countries. Just like you, these students will be seeking new social bonds to enjoy their stay in Paris. You might also meet non-francophone students who, just like you, have come to Paris to learn French ; you will then be able to practice French together, exchange your experiences, and progress together in your linguistic discovery. Be careful however not to get stuck in a comfort zone that could ultimately slow down your learning process.