A few lessons for France-bound students

A few lessons for  France-bound students

Purnima Sriram Even if the classes are in English, the student has to make an effort to learn French,' says, Daphne De Rebello, President of Alliance ...

Purnima Sriram

Even if the classes are in English, the student has to make an effort to learn French," says, Daphne De Rebello, President of Alliance Francaise, at the 'Pre- Departure session, conducted at Alliance Francaise office, Hyderabad on Saturday. Rebello advised students who are about to leave for that country for their study to learn at least minimal French before leaving. "Talking fluently will take time but should be able to understand the language. Don't be afraid of making mistakes.

Talk to people in the metros and bus stops and I am sure, you will fall in love with their language and culture. Southern France is extremely hospitable," she says. "Government of France is making efforts to attract foreign students and have arranged for many courses in English. They have many passes to take trains and to go to museums. Vegetarians need not worry as they have many restaurants catering vegetarian food," she adds.

Campus France is the governmental agency promoting French higher education, functioning under the guidance of the Embassy of France in India. It currently has offices in nine Indian cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Any Indian student can schedule a meeting with a Campus France counsellor, who provides all documentation and advice on studies in France.

The Campus France counsellor also contacts the French institutions to offer their application, unless the student is already in contact with a French School. Campus France organises direct meetings between French Schools and Indian students in various Indian cities. Scholarship Awardees from Andhra Pradesh: The two main French Scholarship programmes have been awarded to the students from Campus France, Hyderabad.

Sumedha Althuru received 'Charpak Excellence Scholarships' which gives 615 euros per month plus social security. The student has an admit to do her Masters Communications and Computer Security in Telecom Paris Tech (Eurecom Campus) duration 18 months and course begins from August 2013. Vaibhav received 'Heritage Erasmus Mundus Scholarship' which gives 1000 euros per month for the whole duration of studies plus social security plus return airfare. The student has an admit into Ecole Centrale de Nantes, to do his Masters in Applied Mechanics with Heritage Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, the duration is 24 months and the course begins from September 2013.

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