You are expected in Paris as early as possible on arrival day. Most flights departing from the US East Coast in the evening, arrive in Paris early in the morning the following day. Allow approximately two hours for collecting luggage, clearing customs, and arriving at your housing assignment which you will have received before leaving. Telling the Paris office when you plan to arrive on arrival day is crucial. Try to arrive as early in the day as possible to settle in, unpack and catch up on jet lag.
Optional Pre-arranged Flight
While the program fee for the Paris Internship Program does not include airfare, we do arrange an optional flight. Information on this is sent to you separately. If you are interested in this flight, you must contact the travel agency directly to make your reservations; we cannot do this for you. This flight is NOT met at the airport. All students must find their way to their housing assignments which will be sent approximately 2 weeks before the start of the program.
Taxis & Shuttles
For information on taxis & shuttles: http://www.bu.edu/paris/essentials/arriving/taxis-and-shuttles/
You may NOT move in to your housing if you arrive before the start date. If you are in staying with French hosts and are uncertain of your time of arrival, make sure to call them on arrival day to decide together the best time to move in.
Should your flight be delayed, call our Paris office. Be sure to have the phone number for the Paris office with you while you are travelling to Paris. While you are in transit, communication with the Boston University staff in Paris is critical in the event of flight delays, cancellations, etc. Arrangements can be made, but we need to know where you are. If you have not arrived to your housing assignment by 5 p.m. (Paris time) on arrival day, we will need to contact your parents. If a friend or relative is meeting you at the airport in Paris, be sure your parents know who it is and how they can be contacted. If you arrive in Paris earlier than the official arrival date and/or stay later than the official departure date, you will need to make your own housing arrangements. You may wish to consult a travel guide for ideas on accommodations.
The day following your arrival, all students should report the BU Center at 9:45am with their passport and stamped OFII document from the consulate (not for the summer program):
Boston University Paris Programs
3 bis, rue Jean Pierre-Bloch
Metro: Dupleix or La Motte Picquet-Grenelle
Directions to the center can be found at: http://www.bu.edu/paris/files/2009/12/DIRECTIONS.pdf
It is a small street located between 44 avenue de Suffren and 57 rue de la Féderation.