Unlocking Educational Horizons: France Launches Classes Internationales for Indian StudentsBy Joy Liwanag
In a significant move to strengthen cultural ties and broaden academic opportunities, French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled the Classes Internationales (International Classes) program.
This initiative, announced during Macron's state visit to India as the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on January 26, offers a unique proposition for Indian high school graduates: a year in France dedicated to learning the French language before embarking on their chosen degree programs.
Bridging Educational Frontiers
The Classes Internationales program aims to provide India's brightest students with access to the diverse educational offerings in France, effectively breaking away from the traditional limitation of English-taught programs. The strategic announcement was a focal point in the joint statement released by Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi following their meeting on January 26. Both leaders expressed their commitment to supporting the establishment of international classes, enabling Indian students to undergo French language training and academic preparation in esteemed French universities for one academic year, starting September 2024.
The Classes Internationales program serves as a bridge between Indian students and the rich educational landscape of France. Regardless of their proficiency in the French language, Indian students are now offered the opportunity to enroll in undergraduate programs at French higher education institutions. This follows the successful completion of a foundational year of language training, whether they are already familiar with the French language or absolute beginners.
Macron's Commitment to Indian Students
Emphasizing France's commitment to providing more opportunities for Indian students, Macron, during his visit to Amber Fort, interacted with Indian students from Alliance Française de Jaipur, the French departments of Delhi University, and Jawaharlal Nehru University. He also engaged with alumni who had returned from France after completing their studies. Macron proudly declared that India is now the largest beneficiary of French academic scholarships, highlighting his commitment to opening up more avenues for Indian students. "We want to welcome 30,000 Indian students to France by 2030," Macron expressed, underlining his enthusiasm for achieving this ambitious goal.
Key Features of Classes Internationales
The Classes Internationales program is distinguished by its inclusivity, welcoming Indian students regardless of their current proficiency in French. The sole prerequisite for participation remains academic excellence. The program offers a diverse range of educational choices, granting access to renowned French higher education institutions spanning various fields, including universities, grandes écoles, engineering, management, sciences, humanities, arts, and other specialized schools.
Participants in the program will experience immersion in French culture and language. The French language classes are tailored to the chosen field of study, complemented by preparatory courses. Exceptional students may receive scholarships from the French embassy to support their higher education endeavors in France.
Applications for the Classes Internationales program are open until March 31, 2024, and can be submitted through this link: www.classesinternationales.org](www.classesinternationales.org.
The launch of Classes Internationales signifies a remarkable step toward fostering educational collaboration between France and India. By providing a foundation in the French language and opening doors to diverse academic opportunities, this program paves the way for an enriched learning experience for Indian students in France. It not only underscores the commitment of both nations to cultural exchange but also sets the stage for a new era of educational partnerships, reinforcing the longstanding ties between France and India. The initiative aligns with the broader vision of promoting international education and creating a more interconnected global learning environment. As the program takes flight, it is poised to contribute significantly to the educational journey of Indian students and strengthen the bonds between the two nations.
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