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Campus France tells international students, “We need you”

French education promotion agency Campus France has produced videos it is widely sharing on social media telling international students they are a welcome and vital part of the country’s international education community.

"We are offering you a hybrid education that will make you distinct and capable"

France has also launched a call for proposals under a new “PEA” partnership program and is committing significant funds for bilateral education projects with key African countries.

Addressing prospective international students via video, Beatrice Khaiat, director of Campus France in Paris, said (in English and French versions): “I want to address you, international students who plan to study abroad and tell you, “Choose France, you are welcome in France.”

“We need you, we want you, you are expected here”

She reminded viewers that international student make up part of the community “in labs and universities who are fighting.. to find a vaccine”.

“You are part of the researchers [in] France; we need you, we want you, you are expected here,” she said.

Flagging the Campus France offices throughout the world that can help finalise applications, Khaiat added, “French universities, business schools, engineering schools, they all want you and you are welcome here.”

She is joined in one video by Jacques Fayolle, president of the engineering schools alliance CDEFI. In another, by Alice Guilhon, president of management schools’ alliance, Conference des Grandes Écoles.

Guilhon said, “I wanted to tell you that French business schools, which are renowned for their international culture, are eagerly waiting to welcome you to their various campuses from the start of the next academic year.

“More than ever, your openness, cultural, linguistic, and digital knowledge will be essential for your entry into this new economy [post-Covid-19],” she said.

Guilhon explained that students could be taught virtually at first if necessary, with personalised support, before physically arriving on campus.

“We are offering you a hybrid education that will make you distinct and capable, enable to build foundations for a more sustainable and healthy society.”

France welcomed 358,000 international students in 2018/19 and is among the top five host countries for globally mobile students.

The six most significant source countries – accounting for 40% of all foreign student intake – were: Morocco, Algeria, China, Italy, Tunisia and Senegal.

France has always had strong mobility links with Francophone Africa and the government also announced this week a commitment to fund several projects – at between €1.5m – €3.5m – that foster the development of strategic sectors in African economies.

A commitment to fund projects that foster the development of strategic sectors in African economies

Aims for the PEA (Partenariats avec l’enseignement supérieur africain) are to improve access to high quality education & training in Africa, to respond to the local socio-economic needs; to help the development of partnerships; and to foster students and teacher mobility between French and African partners.

This is in the context of the “Bienvenue en France” strategy managed by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs; the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation; and Campus France.

The PEA program is targeted to 18 African countries defined as priorities by the French government: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Comores, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Chad and Togo.

Other efforts being taken, meanwhile, to promote interest in France include regular Q&A sessions with French alumni during the lockdown period.

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31 Responses to Campus France tells international students, “We need you”

  1. I am Surendra from India. My son is completing hid Bachelor’s if Pharmacy and interested to pursue Masters.
    Do you have Master in Pharmacy.?
    What is the course fee and jib opportunities post completion of M. Pharmacy.

  2. Hi,
    Would like to know more, what would be future of candidates post study. What are chances of getting a job and settling there permanently. What are the government policies in this regard.

  3. I am Jai, and I’m interested in studying medicine. Please could you inform me about the procedure for admissions and the tests required and qualificatinss required. Also the time when the session would begin and the language the course is taught in.

  4. I would like to know what will be future of Chemistry phd program after the corona cure.
    My son will be completing masters of chemistry and interested to join a funded phd program in chemicak science specially in analytical chemistry with eye on environmental protection

    Please give me an idea.

  5. I am Saurav, and I’m interested in studying medicine. Please could you inform me about the procedure for admissions and the tests required and qualificatinss required. Also the time when the session would begin and the language the course is taught in.

  6. I am Saurav, and I’m interested in studying medicine. you inform me about the procedure for admissions and the tests required and qualificatinss required. Also the time when the session would begin and the language the course is taught in.

  7. I am Umair from India and have completed my PhD in the area of materials science. I am interested in joining a lab for the postdoc position. Please inform me for the possible postdoc position in France.
    Which fellowship should o apply to get a position in the said area.

  8. Am called Ahmed nur , from somalia, I completed, bachelor’s of public administration, but I need to improve my knowledge, I want to do master International relations and diplomacy, help me with this opportunity

  9. I’m interested in doing a PhD in the field of biological sciences, mainly focusing on biochemistry, cell and molecular biology. I have completed my Masters in Biochemistry and looking for future PhD prospects. What information can you provide regarding the application process and eligibility criteria for Indian students?

  10. What are the entry requirements, areas of study available and financial requirements. Also, are there specific counties being targeted for this recruitment drive?

  11. Hi have passed diploma in pharmacy can i join in bachlor of any health related cources what about ielts

  12. Iam completing my bachelor’s in agriculture and I would like to join in bussiness courses would you give information to me. thankyou

  13. Hi ,
    I am Bosco from Rwanda. I’d like to know, for those countries that are note the priority, what are the chances of joining this program ?

  14. Bonjour
    Je suis étudiant camerounais en troisième année licence en santé publique et épidémiologie et je souhaite continuer mon master puis la suite dans une Université/école en santé publique française.

    Je reste attentif à une réponse favorable. Mon e-mail:
    Cordialement ferrik

  15. I would like to study law as an undergraduate. I am looking forward to finding scholarships for you. May you please help me persue my dream. Am from Kenya.

  16. Hi… My daughter is completing B. TECH Nano science and Technology this year. We wish her to persue.MS in Nano Science and Technology in France. Please send details.

  17. Please can I get the names of the schools to apply master in Gender studies or master in Educational leadership?

  18. I am nawab sher from pakistan. I have done my Ph.D in international Relations and i want to do postdoc. I want to know about this.

  19. I’m mishal from India, could you please inform me about scholarship or other financial aid available for international students for master’s in civil engineering.

  20. Hi, I’m interested in furthering my masters in material/structural engineering. Is there any University that runs a program for this course? And is there a scholarship for it?

  21. I have some impt. questions like : is this international study is free? Is anyone can apply? What are the complete details/information to avail this study abroad? Do you also offer free bord en lodging?

    I will be waiting for your response

    Kind regards,

  22. Hi my name is Yogesh. I have France student visa from April 2020 but . I am in India now. So how come over there to join in between this covid pandemic

  23. bonjour
    je m’appel reda et Je cours pour le baccalauréat cette année, après mon succès je veux étudier à l’Institut de Technologie car j’ai un bac technique

  24. Good day. My name is chidinma Agbahiwe . I am from Nigeria and i am in my final year in university. I would like to be shed some light on how your programme works and if there are any available scholarships. Thank you as you respond.

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