| Without European citizenship || May 23, 2007 |
the real bummer is, a student can't work (God knows some would wait tables to learn French, which European students do all the time -- my British partner took up bartending in Toulouse for three months as a refresher.) It's all predetermined by the kind of visa they give you.
A study visa means, you're only good for private English classes and babysitting (technically, not even that, but mercifully, in-campus jobs do exist, and universities and research institutions can protect their own on the basis of their charters). There are items like research assistant, translators for research teams, and even assistants to the assistant librarian, where your existence as a foreigner can be justified. Back where I studied, the resident carillion player for a time was a German (Glöckenspiel) music scholar. But to find them you already have to be there, meeting people, like research project managers.
However, the closest and best bet with respect to where you are right now is a French consulate. These keep track of exchange programs with your country which might have a fair allowance for deserving and talented individuals. All in the name of goodwill and friendship, and, hey, what's translation for? They DO get Fulbright funds, you know. So don't be shy to ask.
If you already have your eye on a specific place/program, get the materials and study them: some aid is given through the foreign offices, but other forms of grant or scholarship may be less publicized. In fact, one type of aid may depend on another (for instance, government aid is conditioned to the acceptance of a school. Granted they trust you enough to consider your candidacy as a scholar, you're going to have to choose an institution anyway, so might as well get started.) It's always easier applying for a grant if a university has already said, "yes, we'll take her".
Oh, OK, I'm not being personal, but I did go through all that. One of the scariest things was discovering that the course I was enrolled in was technically not covered by the government aid I got -- I had to enrol two courses on the technicality, but the grant was generous. One year later, I was doing practicum in government, but by that time they had already found out on paper that my mother was technically European...
[Edited at 2007-05-23 23:26]
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