Destination : France!

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France is widely recognised for the quality and accessibility of its education system.

In fact, the country receives the third highest number of international students after the US and the UK. It comes as no surprise then that Indian students are increasingly opting for Europe’s most innovative country as their preferred educational destination. Moving to another country for higher education can often be a daunting and tedious process. In order to directly address the queries of students departing for France, the Embassy of France in India is organising Pre-Departure Sessions called Bienvenue en France in various Indian cities through Campus France. The latter is the official agency for the promotion of French higher education abroad.

H.E. Mr. Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, addressing the Pre-Departure session in Pune

H.E. Mr. Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, addressing the Pre-Departure session in Pune

France receives the third highest number of international students after the US and the UK

These Pre-Departure Sessions are organised in the premises of the respective Alliance Française and answer Frequently-Asked-Questions such as the visa application procedure, accommodation, practical advice about daily life in France, cultural life, and the various avenues for learning French.  They also provide useful information about administrative procedures to be completed in France, the teaching methods used in French educational institutions, and various inter-cultural topics. For 2018, these sessions have already been organised in Bangalore (June 27), Chennai (June 28), Mumbai (June 30), Ahmedabad (July 3), Lucknow (July 4), Kolkata (July 5), Hyderabad (July 6), Kochi (July 7), Pune (July 9), and Chandigarh (July 11). Two more sessions will be conducted in Indore (July 12) and Delhi (Aug 2).

The Pre-Departure Session at Mumbai in the presence of Mr. Yves Perrin (right, Consul General of France in Bombay)

The Pre-Departure Session at Mumbai in the presence of Mr. Yves Perrin (right, Consul General of France in Bombay)

Campus France is the official agency for the promotion of French higher education abroad.

In  2017, more than 5,300 Indian students chose France for their higher studies. By 2020, the European superpower hopes to double this number to 10,000 and the French government has been making concerted efforts to welcome this demographic in its premier institutions. During his milestone visit to India in March 2018, the President of France H. E. Mr. Emmanuel Macron encouraged Indian students to choose France as a study destination. Last year, the Embassy of France in India offered 500 scholarships, including several initiatives under its flagship ‘Charpak’ programme for Master’s degrees, exchange semesters and research internships. French companies, such as MBDA, also offer scholarships to Indian students, including tuition fee waivers and a monthly stipend.

The Pre-Departure Session at Madras. Seated from left to right in the front row are Pierre-Emmanuel Jacob (Director, AF Madras), Catherine Suard ( Consul Generale of Pondicherry and Chennai), and Martin Rousseau (Agent des visas - from Bureau de France, Chennai)

The Pre-Departure Session at Madras. Seated from left to right in the front row are Pierre-Emmanuel Jacob (Director, AF Madras), Catherine Suard ( Consul Generale of Pondicherry and Chennai), and Martin Rousseau (Agent des visas – from Bureau de France, Chennai)

Over 5,300 Indian students chose France for their higher studies in 2017.

In parallel, the Embassy of France in India has simplified visa procedures for Indian students wishing to study in France. Campus France will also establish partnerships with various Indian higher education institutions to accelerate the procedures for exchanges with French institutions and for their alumni.

The Pre-Departure Session at Pondicherry. Seated in the front row are

The Pre-Departure Session at Kochi. Seated in the front row are Martin Rousseau (second from left), François Grosjean (third from left | Director, AF Trivandrum), Catherine Suard (centre), and Méa Abraham (third from right | Centre coordinator for the Cochin Annexe of AF Trivandrum)

Last but not the least, the governments of India and France have recently entered into an agreement for the mutual recognition of academic qualifications. This agreement is the first of its kind signed by India.

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

 

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

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