Bienvenue en France 2018
The Embassy of France, through Campus France, organized pre-departure sessions for Indian students heading to France for higher studies. The event, ‘Bienvenue en France’, took place in 13 cities across India, from 27th June to 2nd August.
New Delhi, 2 August 2018
The events featured interactive and instructive sessions answering frequently asked questions, such as visa application procedure, accommodation, practical advice about daily life in France, cultural life and on the various avenues of learning French. It also provided useful information about administrative procedures to be completed in France, the teaching methods used in French educational institutions, and various inter-cultural aspects.
France ranks third in terms of receiving the highest number of international students, right after the US and the UK. Indian students have been increasingly opting for France for their higher studies and France has been making active efforts to welcome them in its world class institutions. During his milestone visit to India in March, the President of France, H. E. Mr Emmanuel Macron encouraged Indian students to #ChooseFrance as a study destination. In 2017, 5,300 Indian students opted for higher education in France. By the year 2020, France aims to welcome 10,000 Indian students to Europe’s most innovative country.
The French higher education system, long recognised for its quality, is among the top three most popular destinations in the world among international students. With its famous ‘Grandes Ecoles’ and reputed universities, its renowned management and business schools, France is at the educational heart of Europe.
The number of Indian students going to France has been sharply increasing over the recent years. Most of these students attend the over 1,300 courses taught in English in France, a number that is increasing every year.
In 2016, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France, both countries agreed on allowing Indian students to stay in France for two years (known as APS), one for the period of studies and one after completion of their course for acquiring professional experience, with a reciprocal arrangement for French students in India.
Last year, the Embassy offered 500 scholarships, including 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 newly established Franco Indian Education Trust has started offering scholarships in the artistic field and will expand the range of its fields in the coming months.
The Embassy has also instituted measures to facilitate the issuance of visas for Indian students and Indian alumni:
In May 2012, in a major development, French authorities decided to ease considerably the conditions for obtaining a work visa after studies completed in France. This allowed many students graduating from French business and engineering schools to extend their stay for acquiring work experience in France
Furthermore, the Embassy of France in India decided to facilitate travel to France for all Indian citizens who have studied in France. Since July 2013, all Indian citizens with a post-graduate or higher degree from a French higher education institution subsequently applying for a tourist or business visa for a trip to France, are being granted a visa with a long validity period – up to five years.
In parallel, the Embassy of France in India has simplified visa procedures for Indian students wishing to study in France. Special attention is given to students living far from any French Consulate or “Campus France” office (governmental agency promoting French higher education) to simplify and expedite the visa procedure. Also, visa applications by Indian faculties and officials are being processed as a matter of priority. Campus France will establish partnerships with various Indian higher education institutions to accelerate the procedures for exchanges with French institutions and for their alumni
Last but not 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.
France Alumni, a network of former foreign students in France
France Alumni was created at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development by Campus France to be an efficient multilingual digital platform to unite, inform and guide foreign students who studied in French higher education institutes. Every year, 100,000 foreign students graduate under the French education system. France Alumni informs those who have completed their higher education of job opportunities and allows them to stay networked, thus valorising their stay in France in a professional context.
To offer the right information at the right time, resources related to education courses in France, sections dedicated to major French companies, job offers and themed newsletters are updated on a regular basis.
The website also informs them about French business, economic and cultural life in its magazine section, as well as the most interesting events for alumni.
France Alumni is a dedicated platform for former foreign students who wish to enhance their experience by registering in a wide French network.
More about Campus France
Campus France is the governmental agency promoting French higher education, functioning under the aegis of the Embassy of France in India. It currently has offices in thirteen Indian cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune.
Any Indian student can schedule a meeting with a Campus France counsellor, who provides all documentation and advice on studies in France. The Campus France counsellor also contacts the French institutions the student is interested in, to forward their application, unless the student is already in contact with them. Campus France organizes direct meetings between French academies and Indian students in various Indian cities on a biannual basis.
Pre-Departure Session Schedule:
Wednesday, 27th June at 6 PM at the Alliance Française de Bangalore
Thursday, 28th June at 10:30 AM at the Alliance Française de Madras
Saturday, 30th June at 11 AM at the Alliance Française de Mumbai
Tuesday, 3rd July at 4 PM at the Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad
Wednesday, 4th July at 4 PM at IIM-Lucknow
Thursday, 5th July at 4 PM at BITM Auditorium, Kolkata
Friday, 6th July at 4 PM at the Alliance Française de Hyderabad
Saturday, 7th July at 11 AM at St Theresa’s College, Kochi
Monday, 9th july at 6 PM at the Alliance Française de Pune
Wednesday, 11th July at 11 AM at the Alliance Française de Chandigarh
Thursday, 12th July at 4 PM at IIM-Indore
Thursday, 2nd August at 3 PM at the Embassy of France in India, New Delhi