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Want to study in France? Take a language course beforehand to enhance your social interaction skills

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019

Students are advised to take French language courses to enhance peer and social interaction, writes Himanya Chadha

Students moving to France to pursue higher education are getting well-versed with the French language through bridge courses to ensure a smooth transition to the new environment. Campus France and the Embassy of France are encouraging students to study in France and highlighting the importance of the French language to have a comfortable stay in the country. Students were given a brief at the pre-departure event, ‘Bienvenue en France’ conducted recently at the Embassy of France, New Delhi.

Though there are several courses offered in English language at the French universities, the officials told students that it is imperative for them to be familiar with the basics of the French language. This will help in effective communication in their daily life and also help them socialise with their peers, said the officials.
 
It will make studying in France easier and give them an edge while applying for jobs and internships after finishing the course. “I urge all the students studying in cities other than Paris to know some basic words and phrases of French. This will help you communicate with the locals and make your experience abroad more comfortable,” said Rachit Dhawan, manager Campus France Delhi.
 
Third most popular destination
 
In terms of receiving the highest number of international students, France ranks third, after the USA and the UK. Indian students are increasingly opting for France to pursue their higher education and France has been taking active measures to welcome them to their world-class institutions. This year France is welcoming around 10,000 Indian students for higher studies and in the last three years, the number has tripled and is expected to keep rising in the years to come.
 
New initiatives
 
The governments of France and India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the mutual recognition of academic qualifications. France has invested 1 million euros, to offer more than 500 scholarships to Indian students, including under its flagship ‘Charpak’ programme for Master’s degrees, research internships and exchange semesters. Franco-Indian Education Trust, a newly established trust is offering scholarships for studying arts, theatre, gastronomy, cinema, music and sports in France.
 
The new visa policy that includes eligibility for a two-year postgraduation employment visa in France has made it all the more lucrative. In addition, five-year short-stay visas are granted to all Indian alumni who hold a higher state-recognised or a master’s degree from French institutes.

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