Business management followed by science engineering technology, humanities and hospitality management are in high demand by prospective students from India in France. The budget, too, isn’t a problem for those who know French, as it’s almost free in public universities.
Sharing prospects for Indian students in French universities, Caroline Gueny, the attaché for scientific and university cooperation in the French embassy, has said that private institutions charge between 2,500 to 7,000 Euros annually for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. However, several scholarships and support schemes are available to students.
Addressing students from the tricity as part of the winter admission tour, conducted by the French embassy on Tuesday, Gueny said, “It’s the best time to go to France, where price does not indicate quality. What matters is the overall rank, public funding and research base.”
Language no barrier
Other thing that students worry about the most is the teaching pattern and job prospects.
However, language as a barrier is completely out of question. Almost every university provides full-time English-taught programmes.
Over half of the teachers and over half of the students in all 24 institutions are non-French. “If you think you need to know French to find a course, a job or even an internship there, that’s not really the case,” says Sajal Sehgal, a French alumni.
Talking about the quality of French education in comparison to India’s, Caroline says, “French education is a lot about internships, a lot about the practical industry. In India, NITs and IITs create brilliant students but lack exposure to the real industry. They know how stuff works, but not how to act and behave on the ground. French education provides them not just direct contact with the industry, but also improves their management skills with enormous international exposure. You can be hired by an American company, or a European company or even an Indian company.”
“I learnt about robotics and image processing. The good thing was I knew what I wanted to pursue,” says Jashanvir Singh, who got the opportunity to intern in France through an MoU signed by his college, PEC University of Technology with French institutes. “You get to go to at least 18 countries on one visa. So there’s tremendous exposure.”