The Practical Things for TAPIF: Pass Education

As an assistant, you are entitled to a Pass Éducation. It’s one of those things it would be nice for you to be informed about at orientation, but you’re not. It’s a pass that allows you free access to all National French museums and monuments. Granted, yes, your visa will often do the same for you if you’re under 25, but this card is a lot more convenient.

How do you get one? Simple. You go ask the secretary at your school and they should have some on hand. Have a passport-sized photo on you because the secretary will attach it. It’s supposed to be a French sized one, but if your photo isn’t French sized, it’s not a big deal so long as it can be cut to fit without defiguring your face. If you need a photo, you can find photo booths that print official photos in most train stations and often at big grocery stores. Your secretary will stamp the pass to make it official, though I know an assistant who did not get her’s stamped and she hasn’t had a problem.

Where can you go for free with this card? Check out the list here. It’s conveniently divided by Académie.

Happy travels!


About Quiche Lauren

A blog by an English teaching assistant in Nîmes (Académie de Montpellier) through the TAPIF program.
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3 Responses to The Practical Things for TAPIF: Pass Education

  1. Dana says:

    So wish I had known about this!

  2. Rashaad says:

    When I was an assistant (2005-06 & 2006-07 in Rouen and Eu, respectively), I never knew about it also.

  3. goldskates22 says:

    When I was an assistant in a lycée 2 years ago, they gave me a Pass Éducation right away. I didn’t even have to ask for it. It was really handy!

    However, I’m an assistant in primary school this year, and when I asked about a Pass Éducation in October, the directrices (head teachers/school administrators) had no idea how I could get one. I didn’t press the issue because I have my passport, but the Pass Éducation would’ve been nice to have. Perhaps primary schools typically don’t have extras on hand becuase they’re smaller, or maybe because they’re managed by the mairie and not the académie.

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