French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the launch of an exclusive programme called “Classes Internationales” (international classes) for Indian students. On January 26, President Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a joint statement. The programme aims to enhance educational and cultural exchange between the two countries.
Starting in September, this special programme will offer Indian students the opportunity to spend a year in France learning French before pursuing their chosen degrees.
As per a statement from the French Embassy, students who complete a foundational year of immersive language training at an institution will be eligible for admission to undergraduate programmes taught in French at higher education institutions in France. The admission will be irrespective of whether they are native speakers or complete beginners.
Additionally, Indian students will receive instruction in French language, methodology, and academic content at prestigious French universities. The initiative aims to welcome over 30,000 Indian students to France by 2030.
France aims to increase opportunities for Indian students, which is evident in programmes like Classes Internationales, and 5-year short-stay Schengen visas for alumni. As of right now, the nation receiving the most number of French academic scholarships is India.