France wants 20,000 Indian Students Studying in France by 2025
Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Foreign Minister on April 13 in New Delhi said that the country has set a target of welcoming 20,000 Indian students to France by 2025. While speaking at the event, he assured that Indian students will receive support during their stay in France. The minister also revealed that to boost student mobility between the two countries, he has appointed 15 Alumni Ambassadors who are chosen from the prestigious France Alumni network.
Study in France has long been on the list of aspiring students willing to study abroad. Quality Education and after studies opportunities along with the affordability factor makes France an unmissable study abroad destination. For Indian Students who want to study in France, things are looking optimistic.
Highlights of the event
According to the sources, the ideas to build on student mobility between India and France and the experiences of Indian students living in France was discussed between the alumni ambassadors and the minister. These alumni ambassadors are leaders in their respective fields in India such as in the fields of science, management, art, culinary and social sciences and have. They signed a document that engages them in the Alumni Ambassadorship Programme.
Jaishankar, an Minister of External Affairs of India and Le Drian, French Foreign Minister discussed collaborating on areas of mutual interest. Both the heads recognized the “immense opportunities” by collaborating in several fields such as education, trade, research, defence, energy, climate change etc.
Le Drian also stressed his relationship with S Jaishankar by calling it a strong bond. He said he was late in reaching the embassy for the event as he was busy discussing so many things with his counterpart Union minister S Jaishankar. His words "We enjoy such a strong relationship that I got late," prove it.
An Effort to Strengthen Indo-France Relationship
On 22nd August 2019, French Prime Minister Emanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had their first bilateral meeting near Paris in Chateau de Chantilly. Both the leaders acknowledged how similar both the countries are in terms of regional and global issues, along with the importance of the Indo-French relationship for both the nations. Educational cooperation was also part of their talk to develop the person-to-person and cultural relationship between India and France. In March 2018, an MoU was also signed between India and France to recognise each other’s degrees of different levels.
Stats of Indian students in France
France has been gaining huge popularity in the last few years among Indian students as a study abroad destination. Here are few figures proving this:
2016-2017, around 4200 Indian students came to France
8,500 Indian students chose France in 2018
10,000 Indian students were studying in France in 2019
Target to Increase Indian Students Studying in France
Five years ago, there were 3000 students in France. In 2019, France had a target of 10,000 Indian Students studying in France. With that being successfully achieved this year, France now aims to have 20,000 Indian Students studying in France by 2025, double the number than it is right now.
Minister Le Drian said, “We have set a target — it is to have 20,000 Indian students in France by 2025, and we will make it. We want to bring French and Indian youth even closer. We will support the students during their stay in France. Living in France is quite something,” he said.
Study in France for Indian Students:
As we have mentioned, there are a number of benefits for Indian Students in France. Though, there are some requirements to study in France they need to fulfil before they are enrolled in a university. For the visa, they need to apply through Campus France India website. With the student visa, comes the France student visa work permit of 20 hours a week, which is there for all the international students in France enrolled for the full-time programs.
French Scholarships for Indian Students:
There is a large number of scholarships offered by the French government, Universities in France and other scholarships providing entities. Students can get a scholarship of up to 10000 euros.
To begin with, study in France is comparatively cheaper than in other European countries. Since 2019, a bachelor’s degree in a public university in France would cost 2773 euros a year whereas a master’s degree would cost 3773 euros a year for international students. For English-taught courses, these costs are attractively affordable compared to other countries like the UK and the USA. You can find the full list of scholarships to study in France here: Study in France Scholarships
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