France bids for share of India's student market

15th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

NEW DELHI, Feb 15, 2007 (AFP) - France opened its biggest ever education roadshow in New Delhi on Thursday in a bid to attract more students from one of the world's largest markets, touting low tuition fees.

NEW DELHI, Feb 15, 2007 (AFP) - France opened its biggest ever education roadshow in New Delhi on Thursday in a bid to attract more students from one of the world's largest markets, touting low tuition fees.

The EduFrance government agency is promoting 120 universities and institutes in New Delhi this week and Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune next week.

Only 1,700 Indians study in France today compared to 80,000 in the United States, 22,000 in Australia, 16,000 in Britain and 4,000 in Germany, according to the agency.

France hosts a total of 260,000 foreign students, mainly from francophone countries.

"In this world, each and everyone's goal is to distinguish oneself, to acquire the specific training which will make one different -- and more attractive -- to an employer," said French ambassador Dominique Girard.

"Pursuing higher education in France can make this difference."

EduFrance stressed the price differential between France and other major destinations for India students, but gave no figures.

"We are offering Indian students, who all speak English already, a chance to add a new string to their bow on the job market by studying in French," said EduFrance deputy director Etienne Cazin.

The language barrier has traditionally dissuaded Indians from applying to French universities.

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