France and 15 other countries of the European Union—Germany, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain—use the euro (€) as their currency.

International students may open a "nonresident" bank account (in euros or another currency) or, if they will stay long enough, a "resident" account (in euros or another currency).

You may wish to ask your bank at home if it maintains ties with a French banking network, which may make it easier for you to open an account (perhaps even before you arrive in France) and transfer funds......................Learn more