Aren’t institutes of higher learning in France the best place to learn French? Propagating this message, 15 French institutions were recently touring Indian schools and encouraging their students to look westwards to learn French language and culture. Though one million students learn French every year, only a handful of them go to France for the same. CampusFrance, which is a French government initiative to promote education, is facilitating the campaign to bring more Indian students on board. Students can undergo short (one-month) and long-term degree programmes in the language and culture of France at a subsidised fee.
“The annual fee anywhere is between ¤1,000 to ¤7,000, depending on the university you plan to go to. Besides that, one needs to spend ¤500 per month for boarding and lodging. (Even if it’s a short-term programme), there won’t be any visa problems as the embassy is endorsing the whole programme and we want more and more Indian students to come and study in France,” says Daniel Rignault, attaché for cooperation in education, French Embassy in India.
Though France ranks third globally in hosting foreign students; Indian representation is very poor, with 1745 Indians among the 260000 foreign students there. “In our university, out of 7,000 international students who come to learn French every year, there are 1,000 Chinese students whereas Indians are only 15,” says Francoise Boursin, chairperson of the board of development, Foundation Robert de Sorbon.
To get the student visa, selected candidates can apply 72 hours before they are scheduled to fly, but they ought to apply atleast one week prior to departure. Those who already have a basic understanding of the language stand better chance at the time of visa interviews. Written consent from the French university is also another pre-requisite for a visa. Universities arrange for the student’s accommodation.
What’s going to help you?
. For winter session at Sorbonne University, one can apply between January 26-February 3. Classes will be held February 11 to May 27. There are winter and summer sessions too.
Visit wwww.ccfs-sorbonne.fr for details
. For Universite de Nantes, one can apply before November 19 or June 18 for sessions starting in January or September, respectively.
For details, visit www.univ-nantes.fr/irffle or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. At Universite Blaise Pascal, one can do 12-week courses starting in July/ August/ September.
To get further details, visit www.univ-bpclermont.fr
. For details of all 15 French institutes, one can visit www.india-campusfrance.org