Bienvenue en France 2019

Pre-departure sessions for Indian students heading to France for higher studies.

New Delhi, 20 July 2019

The Embassy of France in India, through Campus France, organised pre-departure sessions for Indian students heading to France for higher studies. The event, ‘Bienvenue en France’, was spread over 11 cities across India, from 4th July to 2nd August, and took place in Delhi on Saturday, 20th July 2019 at the Embassy of France in India.

The event 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.

HDFC Credila and Air France, the mobility partners of the French Institute in India, presented attractive offers to students.

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. Thus, this year, France is welcoming 10 000 Indian students for higher education, a number that has tripled in the last three years and is expected to keep increasing in the coming years.

Pre-Departure Session Schedule:
DeskPré-departure session LocationTimings
Ahmedabad Tuesday, 23rd July 2019 Alliances Française Auditorium - Ahmedabad 05:00 PM
Bangalore Friday, 2nd August 2019 Alliance Française de Bangalore 03:00 PM
Bhopal Friday, 2nd August 2019 Alliance Française - Bhopal 05:30 PM
Chandigarh Wednesday, 10th July 2019 Alliance Française Gallery - Chandigarh 11:00 AM
Chennai Thursday, 11th July 2019 Alliances Française Auditorium - Chennai 11:00 AM
Delhi Saturday, 20th July 2019 Ambassade de France, New Delhi 10:00 AM
Hyderabad Thursday, 18th July 2019 Alliances Française Auditorium - Hyderabad 04:30 PM
Kochi Saturday, 27th July 2019 Hotel Dunes - Kochi 10:00 AM
Kolkata Wednesday, 31st July 2019 Indian Council for Cultural Relations - Kolkata 06:00 PM
Mumbai Saturday, 20th July 2019 Seminar Hall, 4th floor, KC College, Churchgate - Mumbai 02:00 PM
Pune Friday, 12th July 2019 Kamayani Munot Hall - Pune 06:00 PM

Offering quality education and scientific facilities, France ranks third globally among countries welcoming the highest number of foreign students. More and more Indian students are choosing to pursue higher education in France, mostly in English-track courses.

As this number increases rapidly, the French Embassy in India is committed to encouraging this positive trend with supporting initiatives. The governments of India and France have entered into an agreement for the mutual recognition of academic qualifications, which recently came into effect. This agreement is the first of its kind signed by India.

The French Government currently invests 1 million euros (7 crore rupees) in over 500 scholarships for Indian students every year, including under its flagship ‘Charpak’ programme for Master’s degrees, exchange semesters and research internships. The newly-established Franco-Indian Education Trust has started offering scholarships for studying music, sports, theatre, cinema, gastronomy and arts in France. French companies, such as MBDA, also provide scholarships to Indian students, including tuition fee waivers and a monthly stipend.

The Embassy has developed a highly attractive visa policy for Indian students, which includes eligibility for a 2-year post graduation employment visa in France.

Furthermore, 5-year short-stay visas are granted to all Indian alumni who hold a Master’s or higher State-recognised degree r from French institutes. Indian alumni with French degrees enjoy many career opportunities in India as well, considering that over 600 French companies, employing more than 350 000 people, have set up operations in India.

The French State encourages former foreign students to stay in touch through its dedicated France Alumni platform. 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 network, thus valorising their stay in France in a professional context.

About Campus France

Campus France is France’s governmental agency, functioning under the aegis of the Embassy of France, for providing services to students who wish to pursue their higher studies in France. It serves as an information resource for students in planning every stage of their stay in France – helping them define their study plans, choose and apply to programmes, and assisting them in the visa application process. Campus France has 13 offices across India: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow (closed temporarily), Mumbai and Pune.

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About IFI

The French Institute in India / IFI (Institut français India) is the education, science and culture department of the Embassy of France in India. It facilitates academic and scientific exchanges between higher institutes of learning and research, enables student mobility, promotes French language and artistic and cultural partnerships. Cooperation between India and France takes place through a number of sectors: Arts & Culture, Books & Ideas, French Language & Education, study in France programme, Academic Partnerships, Science & Technology, as well as Innovation and Multimedia.

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Last modified on 04/08/2020

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