The French Institute / IFI (Institut français India) is a section of the Embassy of France responsible for connecting and implementing Indo-French human exchanges.
IFI performs numerous functions: from promoting academic and scientific exchanges between higher institutes of learning and research to enabling student mobility and promoting the French language. We also foster links between artists, scientists, NGOs, professors, enterprises, film professionals, publishers and more. We support partnerships in research and innovation, capacity-building and interactions with civil society, vocational studies, as well as artistic and cultural partnerships in performance, books, film, fashion, design and more. We support and organise forums and debates that bring together innovators and thinkers from both countries.
Through Campus France, IFI offers a specific service geared towards students, which can be accessed in the 13 Alliance Française offices across India: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pondicherry, Pune, Lucknow and Trivandrum.
Campus France offices provide students free counselling services, facilitate admission procedures and visa formalities and can even contact French institutions for student applications. Campus France holds biannual education fairs where students intending to study France meet representatives of top institutions one-on-one. The online platform France Alumni also brings together Indians who formerly studied in France to network and relive memories of France.
IFI also conducts French classes in Jaipur (annexe), open to the students of Rajasthan.
France and India are leading players in the global scene. France is Europe’s top innovator. Through exchanges in technology and know-how, as well as through artistic and educational exchanges, France and India are partners in creativity and innovation. IFI acts as a matchmaker in exchanging expertise, strengthening connections among private companies and public institutions between France and India.