Choose France Tour is back with 40 French higher education institutions in 5 cities

As the flagship of the French Institute in India‘s endeavour towards fostering education partnerships between France and India, the event presented prospecting students with the best information and experiences of studying in France.

To promote higher education in France among Indian students, Campus France India and French Institute in India were pleased to bring Indian students face-to-face with over 40 leading French institutes and universities at five metropolitan cities in India: Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Pune and Delhi.

Registration was free and all were welcome. In the setting of a typical Parisian street, this was a 360 degree experience with:

  • Free one-to-one advising sessions with the institutions and universities on their graduate, post-graduate and doctoral programmes.
  • Information on visas, scholarships and student benefits extended to all students.
  • Meeting with French enterprises that guided students and increase their employability prospects.
  • Meeting with alumni who helped students understand what it is like to study and live in France, and come back to India with a French degree.
  • On the spot French classes, a French raffle “tombola” with exciting prizes and vouchers from leading French brands and much more.

- Students can register at:

DATE January 31st
February 2nd
February 5th
February 7th
February 9th
TIME 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
VENUE Hyatt Regency Le Méridien Vivant by Taj-Begumpet Crowne Plaza Le Méridien

More about the Choose France Tour

As the flagship of the French Institute in India‘s endeavour towards fostering education partnerships between France and India, the event presented prospecting students with the best information and experiences of studying in France. The tour therefore included 5 thematic sessions by French experts

DATE January 31st (Thursday) February 2nd (Saturday) February 5th (Tuesday) February 7th (Thursday) February 9th (Saturday)
THEMATIC SESSIONS Electric vehicle and smart mobility Marine sciences and technologies Agronomy, agriculture and food process Aeronautics & Aerospace Panel discussion on partnerships + Focus Art
TIME 10:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
VENUE Hyatt Regency Le Méridien Vivanta by Taj Begumpet Crowne Plaza Le Méridien

Job Fair

In Delhi, simultaneously to the Choose France Tour, the French Institute in India organised the third edition of the Job fair. It took place on Saturday, 9 February 2019 at Le Meridien, New Delhi. It was an exclusive service for talented individuals who went to study or work in France.

France and India: The Higher Education Partnership

The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, said, “France has increasingly become a preferred mobility option for Indian students. We are very close to reaching our aim to welcome 10 000 Indian students by 2020. India is a major strategic partner for France and we consider student mobility to be an essential leverage for greater exchanges between our two countries. We are committed to keeping our doors wide open to Indian students and providing them with the best educational opportunities. With the Choose France Tour, our attractive visa policy and the significant increase in scholarships, we are helping students choose the right academic path in France that can enhance their career prospects and help them achieve their goals.”

The political commitment at the highest levels between both countries paved the way for the inking of an agreement for mutual recognition of academic qualifications between France and India, the first such agreement that India has entered into.

Over 7500 Indian students in France this year

Offering top quality education and scientific facilities, France ranks third globally among countries welcoming the highest number of foreign students. This is why over 7500 Indian students are choosing to pursue higher education in France this year, mostly via the English medium.

The potential for growth is great. As this number increases rapidly, the French Embassy in India is committed to encourage this positive trend with supporting initiatives. The Embassy has developed a highly attractive visa policy for Indian students, which includes the possibility of 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 any post-graduate degree recognised by the French State from French institutes. Indian alumni with French degrees enjoy many career opportunities in India as well, considering that over 570 French companies, employing more than 350 000 people, have set up operations in India.


The French Government currently invests 1 million euros (7 crores rupees) in over 500 scholarships for Indian students every year. In order to double this figure, the French Embassy created the Indo Franco Indian Education Trust in 2017.

Address of H.E. Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India

Good evening and welcome to the Residence of France.

I am delighted to receive you all at this reception marking the conclusion of an intense five-city tour for educational partnerships across India, called the “Choose France Tour”. I would like to greet and thank the 40 representatives of various French higher education institutions who toured India and are present tonight. Over the last few days they have had many discussions with their Indian peers as well as with French and Indian companies. I am confident that they will return to France convinced of the strategic importance of cooperation with India. I am sure they also understand the great value Indian students bring to their institutions, as they have interacted with more than fifteen hundred (1500) of them during the various sessions, without mentioning the thousands others who have been following the Choose France Tour online.

These students will soon join the 8000 students who left for France last year. When one remembers that India had only 98 students in France in the year 2000, and only 3000 by 2015, one can see the growing momentum. And let me tell you that we won’t stop here, that we are all fully committed to doing more, as the French President had stated during his visit almost a year ago. We gave ourselves the target of welcoming 10,000 Indian students annually in France by 2020 (Twenty twenty), but I am sure we could now aim for a yet more ambitious figure. Indian students and their host institutions in France are equally happy, which does bode well for the future.

But I am equally convinced that this can only be realised through strong cooperation between our institutions. And this is why I am so happy to see many representatives of Indian institutions tonight, a presence I take as a good omen for the development of our academic and scientific partnership. We hosted the first Knowledge Summit in Delhi last March. The idea behind this summit was that cooperation cannot be based on individual decisions alone but must be structured through projects and agreements. The French research ecosystem is very keen to work further with Indian researchers and research institutes, acknowledging their high standards and reputation. We are now working on the second Knowledge Summit, which will be held in October 2019 in Lyon, so that we may continue to move forward. We need to take full advantage of our bilateral agreement on the mutual recognition of academic qualifications, which was signed last year and is the first agreement ever signed by India for the mutual recognition of a foreign country’s degrees. This agreement has already come into effect and is facilitating the signing of MoU between Indian and French institutions.

I will myself meet the officials of many French universities in Paris in April, and work with the President’s Office to make sure that no aspiring scholar misses the unique opportunities our two countries offer so as to give our youth a better future.

This is the third reason why I am happy to receive you here, since today we are also celebrating the organisation of our third Job Fair, intended for all our alumni and our companies. Because it is important to know that cooperation ultimately creates jobs and wealth, that studying in France goes together with high employability in India. There are over 550 French subsidiaries established here, and, besides employing 350 000 Indian nationals, they are also constantly recruiting, and recruiting the best. French companies like Accor, Alstom and Safran today interviewed several candidates, which goes on to show our alumni that there are opportunities waiting right here in India thanks to their French education.

The Embassy of France in India cannot decide for any student what and where to study. It cannot implement agreements between colleges, universities and research centres. But it can, and will, support all of you – students, educational institutions, research centres, companies – as you forge partnerships, create opportunities, generate employment. Count on me, and count on my team, because we are at your service in this very important endeavour.

About Campus France

Campus France is a government agency part of the Embassy of France providing service 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 assist them in the visa process. Campus France has 13 offices across India: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune.

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About IFI

The French Institute in India / IFI (Institut français India) is the culture, science and education service of the Embassy of France in India. It facilitates academic and scientific exchange 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 25/02/2019

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