France Welcomes 30,000 Indian Students By 2030
France has established a goal of welcoming 30,000 Indian students by the year 2030. President Emmanuel Macron unveiled this objective approximately one month following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Paris, where he served as the chief guest for France’s National Day celebration.
In response to this announcement, the French embassy in India has introduced several initiatives, such as offering a five-year short-stay Schengen visa, aimed at enticing a greater number of Indian students to study in France. These endeavors are part of the people-to-people connections outlined as one of the three foundational elements of the strategic partnership between the two nations during Prime Minister Modi’s visit.”
The announcement of the major new initiatives to roll out the red carpet for Indian students and alumni:
- France’s ambitious welcome target: President Emmanuel Macron announced France’s goal to welcome 30,000 students from India by 2030. This ambitious target signifies France’s conviction that welcoming more Indian students fosters academic excellence, cultural understanding, and long-lasting friendship between our two nations.
- Creation of “International Classes” in France: These specialized programmes will provide comprehensive training in the French language and other academic disciplines, enabling Indian students to excel in their studies and adapt seamlessly to the French education system. This decision reflects France’s commitment to making life as easy as possible for Indian students.
- 5-Year Schengen circulation visa for Indian alumni: France believes that when an Indian student spends even just a semester in France, it creates a connection that ought to be fostered and cherished. That is why, Indian students who hold a Master’s degree or above and have spent at least a semester studying in France are eligible for a 5-year short-stay Schengen visa. This is a special provision for Indian alumni to enable them to keep close links with France and their French counterparts.
“Our teams are working double time to implement the decisions taken by President Macron and Prime minister Modi in Paris to benefit students. France has always been an inclusive and diverse country, eager to share our rich cultural heritage and world-class education opportunities with Indian students. My message for Indian students: France will always be your friend, and we will do everything possible to ensure you have an amazing academic and life experience in our country,” said Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India.
“The French embassy is scheduled to host an educational expo in four major Indian cities – Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, and Mumbai – during the month of October. According to a statement from the embassy, over 40 representatives from various French higher education institutions will participate in the fair, offering guidance to Indian students and their parents in selecting the most suitable courses.