The main objective of CampusFrance is to help students who wish to go to France for their further education, providing them necessary information from basic requirements to their stay in France. The organisation was established in 1998 by French government as EduFrance Agency. Currently known as CampusFrance, it is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Education and Higher Education and Research. CampusFrance is the national agency for promoting French higher education abroad which works in association with the French Embassy and is the only official agency for higher education in France.

CampusFrance has more than 100 offices in 75 countries, which are run by personnel trained by CampusFrance in close association with the supervising ministries and the official conferences. Students can receive all the required information, advice and counselling to choose a programme and university most suitable for them, these sessions are free of charge. Students are also provided help with administrative and consular formalities prior to their arrival in France.

CampusFrance closely works with all higher education institutions, especially with member institutions, which include among other’s most universities, numerous grandes écoles, engineering schools, and specialised institutes. Currently, it is associated with 220 member institutions, including 75 universities, 15 grandes écoles and close to 50 engineering schools. As doctoral training has been affected by major reforms at the national and European levels, CampusFrance in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research has developed a unique information resource for international doctoral students too.

Students can also avail www.campusfrance.org which provides access to around 33,000 French higher education study programmes. The ‘choose France guide’ is another option you have. Published in several languages, it is regularly provides international students with information pertaining to the French higher education system and study opportunities and also about France’s cultural assets and life. They also have a catalogue of programmes taught in English which contains information relating to 550 study programmes taught in English.

For Nepali students interested to go to France for further education, to get the right information you can visit Alliance Francaise at Tripureswor.

Neupane is assistant counsellor at Alliance Francaise, Kathmandu