Reporting to the Ministries for Foreign Affairs and Higher Education and Research, Campus France aims primarily to promote French higher education abroad, host foreign students in France and manage students that have been awarded grants and scholarships by the French and foreign governments. Campus France is aware of the importance of practising the French language in order to get the most out of a study exchange and is committed to promoting French as a foreign language (FFL) centres by organising tours to foreign countries and by encouraging students to combine the study programme they are following in France with FFL classes if need be. Many students every year learn French when they come to study in France.
The CTI is an independent body that has been responsible under French law since 1934 for assessing all engineer training programmes, improving training quality and promoting the status and the role of the engineer both in France and abroad. The CTI is one of the most experienced accreditation agencies in the world when it comes to engineer training. The CTI makes decisions regarding the accreditation of both private and consular establishments and submits opinions to the ministries responsible for public institutions.
The HCERES is an independent administrative authority that operates in accordance with the best international practices. With regards to evaluation criteria, it bases its actions on the principles of objectivity, transparency and equal treatment of the organisations examined, and with regards to the choice of individuals responsible for performing the evaluation, on the principles of scientific expertise at the highest international level, neutrality, and balance in the representation of issues and opinions. It ensures that any conflict of interests is avoided when it comes to the composition of the committees of experts responsible for performing evaluations. It can either perform evaluations directly or ensure the quality of evaluations performed by other bodies by validating the procedures followed. It enables the organisations and establishments that it evaluates directly to present, at their request, observations both throughout and at the end of the evaluation procedure.
Created in 1973, the CGE comprises a number of French and foreign higher education and research establishments that base their qualifications on a continuous search for excellence in conjunction with the world of business and players from both the economic sphere and civil society.
It aims to stimulate and coordinate reflection and work on teaching, education and research with a view to improve social well-being and sustainable development.
It represents its members and undertakes initiatives of common interest involving national, community and international public authorities.
Created in 1976, the CDEFI is a recognised association of public utility sanctioned by the act of 10 August 2007 on the freedoms and responsibilities of universities as one of the two institutional conferences representing higher education establishments, along with the CPU. It comprises all directors of both public and private establishments or components therefore that are accredited by the Engineering Qualifications Committee (CTI) to issue the qualification of qualified engineer. Its missions pertain to defend and promote the interests of engineering schools and the training programmes they offer with regards to the State and to European and international organisations.
The non-profit-making BNEI is a unique organisation that represents engineering students that is managed and coordinated by volunteers who are themselves engineering students. The BNEI deals exclusively with issues associated with the student life, training and professional integration of engineering students, based on Bureaux des Eleves and engineering students elected to the core administrative boards of their respective establishments. It provides regular training courses for elected students and association leaders with a view to support the development of student associations and encourage increasingly involvement of students in the life and running of their establishment.
The Réseau 'n+i' network of French engineering schools trains the international decision-makers of the future. This network also operates the Conference of Directors of French Engineering Schools (CDEFI) and is an entirely independent recognised non-profit-making association of general interest. The Réseau 'n+i' network offers programmes that are taught primarily in French through co-education with French students and lead to national Masters qualifications (such as the engineering degree recognised by the Engineering Qualifications Committee (CTI), for example). The Réseau 'n+i' network is original in that it takes into account the difficulties students experience in adapting by offering a 'pathway to success', a 'tailored' adaptation period to eliminate not only linguistic but also methodological and cultural difficulties.
The Uplegess association provides a platform of exchange for the modern languages sphere and promotes the high-quality teaching of foreign languages in engineering and management schools. As a member of the Conference of Grandes Ecoles (CGE) it enjoys the support of many higher education establishments and engineering and management schools in which its individual members endeavour to improve their command of foreign languages and their inter-cultural understanding.
RELIER is made up of administrative staff and lecturing researchers involved in the running and operational aspects of their respective establishments and aims notably at promoting the benefits of a quality-driven approach with regards to improving the service provided for users and all stakeholders (staff, partners, etc.) by supporting the running, management and organisation of the establishments concerned. It aims to reinforce the quality culture, improve knowledge and share practices.
The FILIPÉ e-learning programme is based on a series of multimedia modules comprising oral exposés and interactive exercises designed to enable non-French-speaking students wishing to study engineering in France to improve their scientific French listening skills, discover what makes the French teaching style unique and familiarise themselves with the inter-cultural aspect. The modules available cover various fields of engineering science. The following French higher education establishments belong to the FILIPE programme: the Group of Schools of Mines (GEM), the National Polytechnic Institutes of Grenoble and Toulouse, the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Lyon, the National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN) and the Universities of Technology of Compiègne and Troyes.
PADEN is a freely accessible online training course aimed at non-French-speaking students studying or preparing to study in France. "Just because you speak level B1 French it doesn't mean you'll know what the teachers expect from you". This training course is designed with such situations in mind since it enables students to familiarise themselves with useful working methods and to understand cultural differences in the situations they might encounter, such as reading and learning written lessons, taking an oral class, working in small groups and giving oral presentations, for example. Students are able to develop inter-cultural learning strategies in all such situations, thus making it more likely that they will succeed. The PADEN training course is open to all and designed and administered by the Institut Mines-Télécom with the support of the EPF, the ESTP and the UNIT Foundation.