Study in France
In 2019, 10,000 Indian students have chosen to pursue higher studies in France.
France has always been a favourite destination for scientists, managers, engineers, thinkers, artists and writers from all over the world, and many have made it their home. The rich cultural diversity and heritage reflected in everyday life, the high quality of education as also the French State’s commitment towards welcoming international students make it an attractive destination for higher education. The world’s sixth-largest economy, France is also the third most popular destination for international students.
France offers students a full spectrum of academic and professional opportunities at affordable fees: 73 public universities, more than 200 engineering schools, 150 business and management schools, 20 schools of architecture and 3 000 other specialized institutions. All in all, they enrol about 300,000 international students.
In 2019, around 10,000 Indian students chose France for pursuing higher education. The target of having 10,000 students annually in France, set for 2020 by President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was attained well in advance. The Embassy of France, through Institut français en Inde and the Campus France India network, developed an ambitious programme to this end:
- Connecting 500 premier Indian institutes and universities with French higher education institutes to develop dynamic exchange programmes;
- Countrywide presence with 12 Campus France offices, which help Indian students find the best study or professional programme that can boost their career;
- Offering over 500 scholarships in 2017 for the best Indian students, with the number set to increase;
- Launch of the France Alumni India network, an initiative to reunite and reconnect former students from France through a digital platform. The 1 000+ alumni already registered can have direct access to the representatives of more than 400 French companies operating in India, which seek young talent;
- France’s framing of very attractive visa policies for Indian students and alumni.
Studying in France is a section of French Foreign affairs ministry website which provides information to those who want to pursue their education in France.
The French Institute in India has also set up a portal for Indian students interested to study in France: Your Guide to Study in France.
Campus France, the national agency for the promotion of French higher education abroad, is here to guide and assist you. Now with a gamut of government scholarships and corporate backing, and personalized counseling services, it’s a great way to explore the world for personal and professional growth.
12 CampusFrance offices are established in 12 major Indian cities. Drop in at the office nearest to you:
Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune - Get in touch with your nearest desk.
CampusFrance India’s website features extensive information on how to study in France (including information on applications and student visas), French degrees and training programmes, a searchable directory of the 1600 courses programmes taught in English, as well as a wide array of useful tips.
Annually, the French government awards 7.1 crore Indian rupees (1.1 million Euros) to more than 500 meritorious Indian students who will pursue a degree in France. This programme is run by the Embassy of France in India for students at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels (“Charpak Programme”), as well as PhD candidates (“Raman Charpak Programme”, run jointly with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India).
In the past 5 years, there has been a 49% increase in the number of scholarships offered to Indian students by the French government and other co-financed scholarships with companies.
Visit the CampusFrance website for more information:
All students, regardless of the level of their programme, can avail of easier procedures.
If you wish to pursue your studies in a higher education institution for a period exceeding 6 months, you must apply for a long-stay visa for studies. Take care to apply well in advance and make sure that your passport is valid when you make the application.
CampusFrance India also walks you step by step through the visa application procedure:
First unveiled in Paris by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development in November 2014, France Alumni is an efficient multilingual digital platform to connect, inform and guide foreign students who have studied in French higher education institutes.
France Alumni – India, launched in September 2016, helps former students acquire key industry knowledge, discover exciting career opportunities, and gain valuable insights on the economic and professional world. Through this platform, the over 400 French companies operating in India, which employ 300,000 skilled Indian workers, can also share information on job offers and internships, develop their brand and recruit Indian talents.
The France Alumni portal enables former foreign students to keep abreast of upcoming events and opportunities. The 2017-2018 schedule included, among others, job fairs, French Master classes, recognition of alumni, webinars and seminars on topical issues, mentorship programmes, and participation in philanthropic activities.
- 2-year Visa Extension
Indian students in France can extend their stay in the country beyond the completion of their studies in order to acquire a work experience.
An agreement was signed between the two nations during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. This allows Indian students in France to stay for a period of 24 months: a 12-month visa renewable once for a further period of 12 months.
- 5-year Visa
In July 2013, the Ambassador of France to India decided to facilitate travel to France for all Indian citizens residing in India who have studied in France.
The 5-year visa allows its holders to stay in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days, with a 90-day gap between stays. Indian alumni of Indo-French dual degree programmes (PG) are eligible to apply as well. Alumni from all generations are eligible. Accompanying spouse and children are also eligible.
- Talent Passport
In February 2016, France established the “Talent Passport,” a new type of multi-year residence permit (valid for four years) for the highly skilled foreigners who wish to live in France.
It has been especially conceived for researchers, artists, employees on assignments abroad, and scientists, as well as figures of international renown. Foreign students who obtain it can work more easily in France after finishing their studies. Spouses, too, can benefit from the Talent Passport, which allows them to work in France.
More details here.