Campus France - What it is and what all does Campus France do

Campus France - What it is and what all does Campus France do

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Anumika Bahukhandi
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Updated on Sep 11, 2023 22:02 IST
If you are planning to pursue your higher education in France, chances are you must have come across the term Campus France. While the word is suggestive, it also leaves a question in your mind about what the organization does. What does it offer to international students? The article explains what is Campus France and what services are offered by it.
What is Campus France

What is Campus France? 

The answer is fairly simple and if need be to define it in one sentence we can simply say Campus France is a one-stop shop for international students planning to pursue higher education in France, be it a bachelor’s or a master’s degree, a research programme, or even a certificate diploma. Campus France is a government agency that works under the French Ministry of External Affairs. They provide counselling sessions and organize workshops around the year for international students looking to study in France. These sessions are designed to provide all the necessary information about the programmes offered by French institutions. These sessions help students in deciding whether they want to go for a particular programme in France or not. Campus France is a public institution that engages in promoting French higher education abroad and welcoming international students, researchers, and scholars to France. It also manages scholarship programmes and encourages international mobility.

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The Campus France network in India is a part of the cooperation service of the Embassy of France in India. It hosts events such as 'Choose France Tour' which has representatives from French institutions, pre-departure sessions, a technology fest, and many other international fests.

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Campus France is a public institution that was created by the merger of a not-for-profit organization Campus France Agency under the regulation of the Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Established in the year 2010, the agency is tasked with ensuring the easy passage of international students into France. It also assists French Students with their study abroad concerns. Hence, simply put, Campus France is an agency/ organization, working under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research that assists in the movement/ mobility of students in and out of the country.

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What does Campus France do?

As already mentioned, Campus France is a one-stop destination for students planning to study abroad…be it, international students, planning to study in France or French students planning to study abroad. Either way, the job of Campus France is to facilitate the same. Looking from the perspective of an Indian Student planning to take up higher education – undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, or diploma programs, here’s what Campus France would help you with.

Campus France also makes mobility easier for French students as well. They also advise French students to study abroad. The agency promotes the Erasmus programme in France. French institutes offering higher education are encouraged to collaborate with European institutes so that their students can benefit from funding and complete some of their studies in another country in Europe.

Assistance offered by Campus France

  • Interactive online help and guidance are offered to applicants via a personal messaging system.
  • Language tests are scheduled.
  • Interviews are set up for the applicants in order to discuss their educational plans.
  • Applications are evaluated in order to see if they are complete or not.

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What does Campus France Help you with?

Providing Information about the various colleges/ courses

Campus France has a wide range of listed universities in France that a student can research through. Since most of the universities are government-funded in France, almost all universities are listed on the Campus France website. It helps you search the different programmes available as per the language of choice as well as region.

Assisting with Scholarships and Grants

Campus France also assists students with various scholarships open to international students. Apart from sharing the information, the agency is also responsible for handling the procedure and ensuring the effective distribution of relevant funds to the students in a timely manner.

Handling the Applications from Foreign Applicants

Relevant especially for students from India, the path to applying to a French University or institution of higher learning is now through a CEF Procedure. Categorized into different countries, CEF Procedure essentially is an online application process wherein Indian Students can apply through a centralized agency which would then in turn pass on the application and relevant details to the chosen institutes. Campus France is that centralized agency. In a nutshell, then, Campus France is a central organization that would assist you in filing your application form, assessing the recognition of your documents and sending the information to the colleges of your choice.

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Interviewing International Students on behalf of the University

Once you set up an account under the CEF Procedure with the Campus France website, they would reach out to you to conduct a preliminary interview. The interview covers a wide field of requirements including your language proficiency, your personal reasons for applying to a particular university and also a brief bio of yourself. This interview is then recorded and passed on to the universities as part of the application process.

Assisting with Student Visa Applications

Students applying for a French Student Visa can do so via the Campus France website. The same would guide you with the necessary documents, and the kind of income proofs required and also appraise you with the kind of visas and eligibility requirements.

French Language Courses

Campus France, in collaboration with various language institutes also provides candidates with the necessary certification for language proficiency in French. Tasked with mobilizing the French Education System, the organization also promotes the language and helps with the same in any manner possible. It is important to note here that Campus France, however, does not conduct the Language Proficiency Exams for French Languages. They are conducted by Allianz Francaise in India.

Accommodation Research and Assistance

Extending their services, Campus France Agency also helps international students with finding suitable accommodation at or near the university applied to. Read: Cost of Living in France for Indian Students

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Apart from the above, the basic task of Campus France is to promote French Education to the world. It accordingly carries out various information sessions for international students interested in and assists them in any manner possible. The same is done by means of different events in the countries it has offices in. One of the major areas of interest is the propagation of Research Education in the country and hence conducts various events and sessions to educate and attract researchers from around to world to come to France for their research.

To sum up, from an Indian perspective, the organization offers all the solutions to any sort of query a student might have. So simply put, if you plan to reach out to France, the first step is logging on to Campus France’s India Website: and creating your account. Following that, the team of Campus France would help you every step of the way. So, log in and fly out.

Campus France Offices in India

City Address
Bhopal Alliance Francaise de Bhopal, B-75, Shahpura, Next to Amaltas Complex, Bhopal, 462016
Chandigarh Alliance Francaise de Chandigarh, Hibiscus Garden Road, Sector 36-A, Chandigarh, 160036
Ahmedabad Alliance Francaise Ahmedabad, B/S Food Corporation of India, Himali Tower Lane, Manekbaug Shyamal Road, Ahmedabad, 380015 
Chennai Bureau de France, 6th Floor, Bannari Amman Towers, Dr. Radha Krishnan Salai, Mylapore, Chennai, 600004
Bangalore Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Unit 1303-1304, 13th Floor Prestige Meridian II, No. 30, MG Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560001
Hyderabad Alliance Francaise de Hyderabad, Plot no. 4 Aurora Colony, road n 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, 500034
Delhi Alliance Francaise de Delhi - 72, KK Birla Marg, Lodi Estate, New Delhi, 110003
Jaipur IFI annexe, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Opp G 62 Prem Nagar II, Shanti Nagar Road behind  Sanskriti College and Neerja Modi School, Mansarovar, Jaipur, 302020

Flat 15, 57A Park mansions, Park Street, Kolkata, 700016

Kochi Alliance Francaise de Trivandrum a Cochin (Annex), 4th floor, Chavara Cultural Centre, Karikkamuri Cross Road, Karikkamuri, Cochin, 6820011

Alliance Francaise de Pune, "Kala Chhaya Campus" 270-D Patrakar Nagar road, off Senapati Bapat road, Opp. Vikhe Patil School, Pune, 411 016


Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, 40 New Marine Lines, Mumbai, 400020

Campus France Fees

For a stay extending over 90 days, the online processing fee is Rs 18,000 (taxes not included). Those who are going to France for less than 90 days do not have to pay any processing fees.

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Q. What is Campus France?

A. Campus France is a government agency which operates under the French Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. In India, the Campus France network is the part of the cooperation service of the French Embassy in India. The Campus France provides personalized counselling sessions and organize various workshops throughout the year for students who want to pursue education in France. These sessions allow students to acquire necessary information about the programs provided by different French institutions.

Q. What are the questions asked in Campus France interview?

A. Some of the questions that are asked in the Campus France interview are - introduce yourself, why do you want to study in France, what is the reason for choosing a French university, what are your goals, why do you want to pursue this particular course, why do you think you should be selected, etc. Before giving the interview, prepare yourself properly and then during the interview, try not to panic, do not give any mediocre answers, and listen to the questions actively.

Q. Is the Campus France interview difficult?

A. One can find the interview questions to be very casual and sometimes you think that these questions are very easy to answer. But, keep in mind that the interviewer expects specific answers from you. This will make him clear that you are really dedicated to studying in France and that there is no scope for any doubt in your intentions. So, the key to cracking the interview is to portray yourself as a confident person who would be an asset to the university and to France in the long run.

Q. Why should I study in France?

A. Studying in France will help you experience a new culture, tradition, and way of life. It is also a great opportunity to contribute and share various aspects of your own culture and tradition. Apart from these reasons, by studying in France, you will be able to benefit from one of the world’s best and accessible systems of higher education. A number of French universities are placed highly in the most reputable international rankings like Times Higher Education, QS ranking, Shanghai ranking, etc.

Q. Can international students work in France?

A. In order to help students earn a little while studying, France permits them to work in the country while studying. French law allows foreign students to work up to 964 hours per year, irrespective of their level of education and the nationality they hold. Keep in mind that those who do not hold the nationality of the European Union need to possess a student resident permit. These overseas students can also work in their respective academic institutions or host institutions.

Q. What is the purpose of Campus France interview?

A. In the Campus France interview, you will be asked to explain your reasons for choosing France as a study abroad destination and the reason for choosing a particular institution where you have been granted admission. In short, you need to convince the panel about your reasons to go to study in France. So make sure that you present yourself as a confident person who will turn out to be an asset to the country and the institution you’re planning to visit.

Q. What happens once the Campus France interview is over?

A. Once the academic interview with Campus France is over, the Campus France Manager will validate your file (if applicable) and you will start receiving responses from universities. Then, choose the university in which you can take admission. Once you get your acceptance letter, start the visa procedure. Now, complete the online visa application. Then, you will be asked to create France-Visas account. Then, take an appointment for VFS through the France visa portal. Lastly, collect your visa from VFS.

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Gaurav Jain

5 years ago

Great info thanks shiksha.And specifically Kanika Khurana.

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