Indian students flying to France for studies more than ever

17 August, 2017



France – A world player in arts, design, science and technology, arguably Europe's most innovative nation along being well known for its Educational Expertise. Ranking at number three among the worldwide best three in innovation, it is home to various Nobel Laureates and Fields Medal winners, artists and scholars. If somebody need some international quality education in the field of Teaching and education then France is the destination for them. In the year 2015, France declared that it will attract more Indian students to its acclaimed institutes. Two years down the line, it appears to be good to go to surpass its objective of drawing 10,000 Indian students by 2020. The figure has already touched 7,000.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the biggest nation in the European Union in 2015, the French government told that more than 4,000 Indian students are already studying in France. We need these numbers to grow further. Our aim is to welcome 10,000 students to France by 2020. This is 50 times more than that of 20 years ago. But, it’s still insufficient in terms of the quality between the two nations.

To satisfy its commitment, the government has made two major steps: Firstly, the work visa granted for those who complete their education there, was made valid for a long time rather than one. What's more, there are opportunities to expand it even further. Secondly, the numbers of scholarships in France available have also gone up. This is especially clear from the way that in the year 2016, 120 Indian students got Charpak Master's Scholarship, while 370 secured other grants.

Many students who feel their first study goal should be the English- speaking countries, for example, the US and UK should realize that language is not a barrier. Students from India and all over the world can study in France in English-or French-medium institutions. If they study in French, at that point like some other French subject in French state colleges, students advantage from free tuition. They just need to pay for food, boarding and lodging, which are affordable.

When they finish postgraduate studies, Indian students in France have a stay-back option. They have an advantage in terms job opportunities as well. There are also around a thousand French companies that look for skilled professionals in India, including CapGemini, Safran, Saint-Gobain, Renault, and Orange. In fact, CapGemini has a greater number of employees in India than in France.

France's program "Bonjour India" – now in its third edition from November 2017 to February 2018 – promotes and fosters creativity, innovation and partnership between the two countries.

During Modi's visit to France, the two nations agreed on allowing Indian students to a stay on in France two years. Applying to France is simple. Campus France has 11 free councelling centers for students and help with admission procedures, visa formalities, etc. They are located in the Alliance Françaises in the following cities: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Kochi, with two opening soon in Indore and Jaipur.

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