Home France Forum France Guide France Resources Real Estate Healthcare in France
France
Resources
City Guides
Cigna International Health Insurance
Join Sign In
CIGNA Expat Health Insurance France

Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Paris, France

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Paris

Did you receive any cross-cultural training for your move abroad? If yes, was it before or after the move?

Yes, before I left. Another (short) class after I got here.

Expats living in France interested in expat health insurance should take a minute to get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA.

If they speak another language in your new country, do you speak the language? If yes, did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad? If no, are you planning to learn the language?

No. I am taking lessons through my company, but it is pretty rough going.

Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad?

Yes.

Moving to France

Moving to France soon? Crown Relocations owns and operates over 207 facilities in almost 54 countries. Their global network means they're unique in the relocations business and they're able to use Crown crews and vehicles wherever possible. Get a quote online by May 25, 2019 and you'll be entered to win 1 of 5 Amazon $250* gift cards.

How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?

Horrendous.

Expats often talk about going through the "stages of culture shock." Examples include the honeymoon phase, the irritation-to-anger stage, the rejection of the culture stage, and the cultural adjustment phase. Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture?

There was no honeymoon stage, oddly enough. Stampeded right into misery stage. I've only been here 10 weeks, but it is pretty nasty so far.

What, if any, were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock? These might include things such as anger, depression, anxiety, increased eating or drinking, frustration, homesickness, etc.

Typical stuff. Depression, anxiety due to the additional stress in doing anything without sufficient language skills, and intense loneliness due to the disruption of the social network.

What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?

Food, culture, cultural activities

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

The bureaucracy is pretty irritating.

Probably the worst is the tendency of the French to keep to themselves and their network of friends. Makes it exceedingly difficult to rebuild my social network.

The language is causing me a lot of trouble.

Did you "commit" any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders? If you did and you'd like to share them, please do tell!

If I did, I was oblivious to it.

Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?

I think there is underemphasis on the stress to single expats, in contrast to the substantial attention given to the "trailing spouse" phenomena. As a single expat, your social network is essentially completely destroyed, unlike that when you have a family with you.

Language skills cannot be overemphasized. Learning after you arrive is too late, as it prevents quick integration.

Read Next

Retirement-In-Aude-and-Herault-DepartmentsAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Aude and Herault Departments, France

A couple from the UK who retired in France enjoy the cultural activities of nearby Carcassonne and Narbonne, being close to the coast and the beautiful vineyards that surround them. They confess to be having a tougher learning French than if they were younger, but know they will persevere.

Finding the Right International School in France

Choosing an international school in France can be a difficult decision. This article provides an overview of some popular international schools in Paris and other areas of France.

10 Tips for Living in France

Expats offer tips on health insurance, renting in Paris, culture shock, meeting people and more.

5 Great Places to Retire in Western Europe

We asked expats about great places to retire in Western Europe. While many Western European countries have prohibitively high living costs, there are a few areas that fit the retirement bill. These are some of the recommendations!

Cigna International Health Insurance

Write a Comment about this Expat Report

Sign In to post a comment.
Expatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in France from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

Culture-Shock-in-MontpellierAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Montpellier, France

This Expat Culture-Shock Report provides a brief glimpse of what it was like for a Brit to hop the Channel and move to Montpellier, France.

This Expat Culture-Shock Report provides a brief glimpse of what it was like for a Brit to hop the Channel and move to Montpellier, France....

Living-in-MoulinsAn Expat Discusses Living in Moulins, France

This is France as you see it in black and white movies, it's like going back in time fifty years ago, sales people in stores always take the time to chat with you, the pace is not hurried, everybody takes a 2 hours lunch break. Serene, peaceful, beautiful, no tourists, not on the map, I love it.

This is France as you see it in black and white movies, it's like going back in time fifty years ago, sales people in stores always take the time to chat with you, the pace is not hurried, everybody t...

Finding the Right International School in France

Choosing an international school in France can be a difficult decision. This article provides an overview of some popular international schools in Paris and other areas of France.

Choosing an international school in France can be a difficult decision. This article provides an overview of some popular international schools in Paris and other areas of France....

10 Tips for Living in France

Expats offer tips on health insurance, renting in Paris, culture shock, meeting people and more.

Expats offer tips on health insurance, renting in Paris, culture shock, meeting people and more....

5 Great Places to Retire in Western Europe

We asked expats about great places to retire in Western Europe. While many Western European countries have prohibitively high living costs, there are a few areas that fit the retirement bill. These are some of the recommendations!

We asked expats about great places to retire in Western Europe. While many Western European countries have prohibitively high living costs, there are a few areas that fit the retirement bill. These ...

12 Expats Talks About What It's Like Moving to France

Expats in France discuss the challenges and adventures of moving to France. From the high cost of living in France to what to bring when you move (and what to leave behind).
Expats in France discuss the challenges and adventures of moving to France. From the high cost of living in France to what to bring when you move (and what to leave behind). ...

France Guide
Other Links
Our Story Our Team Contact Us Submit an Article Advertising Travel Warnings

Copyright 1997-2019 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal