There are many reasons why Indian students should choose to pursue their studies in France. The French Institute in India helps you and guides you towards making this decision.
The French higher education system, long recognised for its quality, is among the top three most popular destinations in the world among international students. With its famous ‘Grandes Ecoles’ and reputed universities, its renowned management and business schools, France is at the educational heart of Europe.
The number of Indian students going to France has been sharply increasing over the recent years. Most of these students attend the over 1,300 courses taught in English in France.
In 2016, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France, both countries agreed on allowing Indian students to stay in France for two years (known as APS), one for the period of studies and one after completion of their course for acquiring professional experience, with a reciprocal arrangement for French students in India.
Last year, the Embassy offered 500 scholarships, including those under its flagship ‘Charpak’ programme for Master’s degrees, exchange semesters and research internships. French companies also offer scholarships to Indian students, including tuition fee waivers and a monthly stipends. The newly established Franco Indian Education Trust (FIET) has started offering scholarships in the artistic field and will expand the range of its fields in the coming months.
On 1st May, the agreement between France and India for the Mutual Recognition of Academic Qualifications, signed during President Emmanuel Macron’s maiden State visit to India in 2018, came into force. The agreement was inked on 10th of March 2018 during the India-France Knowledge Summit, the first high-level summit for university, scientific and technological cooperation held by the two countries.
It is the first such intergovernmental agreement that India has entered into.
Welcoming the MoU, the Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, said, “I am delighted that the Agreement will benefit Indian students wishing to study in France and French students wishing to study in India, since both Governments will recognise their degrees. Over the past few years, our country has taken several steps to facilitate student exchange between India and France. With this MoU we have reached an important milestone, which is a great opportunity for students from both countries. In addition to encouraging student mobility, this Agreement will also promote excellence in higher education through cooperation and exchanges between Indian and French universities. People-to-people ties are essential for strengthening our links, and producing ambassadors of each other’s countries.”
As per the signed agreement, the following educational qualifications from India (from Government-approved institutions) are now recognised by the French government:
- 1. All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) (CBSE, state boards, pre–university (PU) or any equivalent qualification recognised by the Government of India)
- 2. Bachelor’s degree
- 3. Master’s degree
- 4. Ph.D
The following educational qualifications recognised by the French Ministry of Higher Education are now recognised by the Indian government:
- 1. Baccalauréat (equivalent to AISSCE)
- 2. License (equivalent to Bachelor’s in India)
- 3. Master’s and Master’s level qualifications (equivalent to Master’s in India)
- 4. Doctorat (equivalent to Ph.D. in India)
Professional degrees such as Law, Medicine or other professions regulated by a professional council are excluded.
The mutual recognition of AISSCE and Baccalauréat degrees will enable students to advance their studies in both French and Indian educational systems. It promotes mobility of students between the two countries.
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 and also the French State’s commitment towards welcoming international students makes 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 specialised institutions.
8,500 Indian students chose France in 2018 to pursue higher education, marking a significant increase over the previous years.
This objective has led to several developments:
- The Mutual Recognition of Academic Qualifications established in March 2018: educational qualifications from government-approved institutions in India are now recognised by the French government.
- The Franco-Indian Education Trust, launched in August 2017: a non-charitable and educational trust which provides three unique scholarship programmes to Indian students interested in pursuing their higher studies in France.
- The France Alumni India Network: an initiative to reunite and reconnect former students of France through a digital platform. The 7,000+ registered alumni have direct access to the representatives of more than 400 French companies operating in India. They are regularly reunited at alumni events, including job fairs.
The Embassy of France in India has also developed attractive visa policies for Indian students. This includes the option of a 2-year employment visa in France after the completion of post-graduate studies.
Furthermore, all Indian alumni who hold a Master’s or PhD degree from state-recognised French Institutes are eligible for 5-year short-stay visas, thus facilitating their travel to and from France.
They provide personalised counselling sessions and organise various workshops throughout the year for students looking to pursue higher education in France. These sessions help students acquire relevant and necessary information about the programmes offered by different French institutions.
Campus France India Network includes 12 offices spread all over India: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune.
Campus France advisors can help students with:
- Free counselling and customised academic guidance
- Application to French institutions
- Administrative guidance for scholarship applications
- Visa information
- Pre-departure orientation sessions to prepare a student towards achieving a successful academic and cultural experience in France
Contact the nearest Campus France desk near you.