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For those who want to study in France, help is at hand.

education Updated: Jul 14, 2009 17:26 IST

Campus France, at Alliance Francaise, is an agency created by the French Ministries of National Education and Foreign Affairs and it operates from nine offices in India. The agency helps students pick a course, find the right institute and to procure the visa. Archana Chaudhary, co-ordinator India for Campus France, speaks.

What are the advantages of doing an MBA in France?
High-quality courseware, globally recognised degree, easy access to not just one country but the whole of the EU.

What are the job prospects once you get your French degree (in any subject)?
The options are better in engineering and management, tourism and fashion, journalism, and communication.

What are the eligibility criteria?
Merit, coherence in previous training, good letters of recommendation. For most MBA programmes, GMAT (score) is needed; for most other courses, admission is solely on the basis of your dossier. No additional tests required.

Does one have to learn French?
In public universities, French is the medium of instruction mostly. Some courses are taught in English. Foundation semesters of linguistic adaptation are a part of many courses.

What are the courses in which Indians are showing interest?
Energy studies, biotech, nanotech, law, design, economics, political science, visual communication etc.

Fact file

Academic sessions begin usually in September, though some courses begin in January

For a September session, apply from October the previous year; for January, April of the previous year

The French public universities have a single portal online admission access at Students can submit one application for up to 20 universities

For Grandes Ecoles (elite schools) and some other specialised institutes, you need to apply independently and directly to the institution

The application deadlines for undergraduates courses is January 31 for public universities and April end for Grande Ecoles. For the post-graduate courses, the deadline is April end

Average tuition fees for UG and PG are 350 euros per year for public universities; 700-10,000 euros per year for Grandes Ecoles; and 8,500-45,000 for Grandes Ecoles management courses. The cost of living comes to Rs 3 lakh or so per annum

Visa application dossier checklist: Admission letter, CV, recco letters, statement of purpose, transcripts, portfolio (for art), GMAT score (for MBA)

Student visa fee is Rs 4,000 (approx.) and online registration fee Rs 6,500

For online application, the soft copy is validated at any Campus France office after verifying all originals