Pre-departure Session for France

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At 5 pm on 17th July, Campus France, held a Pre-departure session for students planning to go to France at Mumbai. The same Pre-Departure session was held at various Campus France centres cross India in the first half of July, 2014.
The Pre-Departure sessions were held in centres all across India this month. They were meant to acquaint the students with the administrative procedures they would encounter, such as visa procedures, to have a interaction with the Campus France representatives present during the session, and to indicate the various cultural differences that may arise. In addition, they also got a chance to interact with the Campus France representatives present during the session.

Dr. Vasumathi addressing her audience

Dr. Vasumathi addressing her audience

To facilitate this, Alliance Française de Bombay provided students with a ‘Survival Kit‘ during its Mumbai Pre-departure session held within the premises. At Mumbai, on 17th July, the event was opened by the Director Alain Zayan, and French Embassy Scholarship holders were awarded their certificates. Additionally, Dr. Vasumathi Badrinathan from Ruia College was invited to give an idea to the students, a student from France herself, on France and French universities as well as their life there. Many students were selected as part of an exchange program such as that between the University of Mumbai and Université Sorbonne Nouvelle 3 at Paris. In a questionnaire-interview, randomly selected students were asked to elaborate on the universities they were going to, why they chose it and what their expectations and/or apprehensions were, if any.

Take off to France !

Take off to France !

Some students were interested in travel: “I’m going to travel, so I hope I can do that,” said Aayush Shah, interested in going to France for Mechanical Engineering as part of an affiliation with Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta) in the US; others were interested in imbibing the European ways in their field: “I expect to have a European perspective in Economics & Politics” stated Anushka Chawla, interested in the Masters in Analysis and Policy in Economics.
One apprehension according to Manas Paradkar (going for a Bachelor in Arts with English & French literature) was that “living alone in a big city like Paris is a daunting idea“. A major apprehension that would be echoed by many Indians was that of food – vegetarians said they were apprehensive as to whether vegetarian food would be available in France. Our Campus France representative, Amruta Datar, said that they would have the option to get their own ingredients from the markets and cook their own Indian food – certainly a relief! Nearly all those interviewed awaited a “fantastic” cultural experience. Vaijayanthi, in an exchange programme for Masters in French Literature, “I hope to have the five best months of my life and I have a very strong feeling I will!”

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