Expatriate spouse, how to integrate in France?

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Expatriate spouse, how to integrate in France?

Expat partner, which step to integrate in France?  What voice to choose to blossom? Which step to integrate easily?

Having an activity in the country is a real plus, and this can be done even if you do not completely master the language.

Here are some examples of possible options : part-time job, full-time job, teacher, volunteer in one or several associations, learn new competencies , become an auto-entrepreneur…

Being a homemaker is a way to thrive on a daily basis. It allows you to live at your own place, to devote more time to the education of your children or to other activities, without forgetting to think about yourself and learn new things!


First step to integrate : Learn the language

Language is the first tool to integrate. Because through language you will learn a lot about the culture, and this will help you understand people in your new country. Language is also a new comptencie that you could use, when you will go back in your country.

Try to find a school dedicated to expats so you could share tips with them, and help each others about job, kids, activities…

You don’t have same things to share with students which didn’t begin their professional life, or people who will stay all their life here. This is not the same situation.

You are going to stay in this country 2 or 3 years, so you need to integrate quickly to make this expatriation an opportunity.

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Learn French with the learning by doing method with other expatriates

Second step to integrate : Be Volunteer

If you have the sense of contact and you want to commit yourself to a cause you can become a volunteer for one or more associations. The advantages of being a volunteer :

  •  Meet a lot of people
  • Defend a cause that is important to you
  • Feel useful to society
  • Be more fulfilled personally
  • Developp new skills
  • Practice the language
  • Developp your network

Some websites where you could find offers as volunteers in Paris and in France,

and don’t worry, they have offers for people who don’t speak fluently ? :


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Third step to integrate : Find a job

Would you like to be part of a team and put your skills to good use?

You can become an employee of a company!

There are 2 types of contracts:

– Part-time: working less than 35 hours per week.

This allows you to have more time to devote to another activity (children, sports, studies, leisure…).

– Full time: work 35 hours per week.

Some examples of platforms to help you find a job: pôle emploi, indeed, apec, monster, job search site, job search, dual career, expat, expats, integration

You can read our article: How to find a job in France as an expat partner

Other options to integrate as an expat partner?

Become a teacher

Do you like to pass on your knowledge? Then you can become a teacher.

For example, by giving private lessons or by intervening in schools to teach students your native language. Many international schools in France are looking for teachers, contact us directly if you are interested.

Find the listing of theses international schools here.

You could also proposed your services to help young students to do their homework or give private courses.

Become auto-entrepreneur

If you have a taste for adventure and the soul of a leader, you can create your own business

or take over an existing business by becoming an auto-entrepreneur or entrepreneur.

Example: an expatriate that we follow has decided to open her own business to sell costume jewelry that she creates herself.An other one is a marketing manager and to get a job offer, she proposed to be an auto-entrepreneur (less risky for the company, and less taxes also), and she get the job!

A good idea is enough to get started!  Make your expatriation an opportunity for your career.


To know more about this statut and to create your account as auto-entrepreneur : tips here


Expatriate Spouse :  Working in a « passion job »

Writer, artist, painter, blogger… Our passions are what motivate us and make us happy.

and make us happy, so why not make it our profession?

It is nevertheless essential to be well informed before launching out, but doing what you love is essential if you want to blossom in your life.

As you can see, there are many choices available to you in France, the simple fact of having an activity allows a more fulfilled life, So don’t hesitate and do what you want to do!



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Developp new skills that will be useful in your country


Find a training to developp new skills, you have different options to make it : courses online, courses in training center, in a school.

We are writing an article about it, it will be online, very soon. Stay tuned!


You are expat partner, you’ve created your own job?

We will be happy to make an interview of you! Tell us here!


Absolutely French is the first French school ?? dedicated solely to expat spouses.

Our main mission is to promote dual careers among expatriate couples.

With our fun, friendly and innovative French training courses, we guarantee a successful integration!

Want to learn with us? Want to register an expatriate spouse?

Contact us !

E-mail : contact@absolutely-french.eu

Tel : 01 83 73 98 49

Address : 4, rue Faraday 75017 Paris