By Deogracia William Bemida | News Editor
Vol. XCI No. 17
Feb. 21, 2020
Campus France and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst German Akademic Exchange Service (DAAD) in partnership with the Office of Strategic Partnerships held an info session on academic opportunities in France and Germany in Silliman University Hall last Feb. 17.
Ms. Emma Briffaut, Higher education Attaché from the French Embassy to the Philippines and the head of Campus France talks about French education and the benefits of studying in France. She discussed the application steps, possible schools to apply for and the aid programs dedicated to those who are interested in the offer.
According to its website, “Campus France is a public institution in charge of promoting French higher education abroad and welcoming foreign students and researchers to France. It encourages international mobility and manages scholarship programmes and the alumni network.” France is said to be the number one country in Europe and the fourth country in the world to receive international students.
“You do not have to speak French to go to France, you can [speak it] as speaking French can be polite. ” Briffaut said.
The website Campusfrance.org offers details regarding financial aids, optional programs, and application process. Since their office is located in Manila, the applicants can inquire online and present the needed documents.
On the other hand, Ms. Katja Becker-Sliwa, DAAD lecturer from the Department of European Languages at the University of the Philippines Diliman discussed the details regarding DAAD, requirements for the application and things to follow on getting scholarships.
DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service dedicated to granting scholarships for international students who would want to pursue their studies in Germany. It is a joint association of German higher education institutions devoted to internationalize the academic system and promote change by exchange.
The association provides programs for both undergraduates and graduates. It offers programs such as university summer courses, practical traineeship for foreign students and natural technical sciences, agriculture and forestry; development-related postgraduate courses, master scholarship for public policy and good governance, one-year research grants, research grants for bi-nationally supervised doctoral degrees and research grants for doctoral programs.
Sliwa mentioned that international students are allowed to do a part-time job in Germany for 20 hours a day without a special working permit.
“After your accreditation, you can stay for 18 months in Germany and work as much as you like, and after the 18 months, you can find a job related to your studies,” Sliwa said.
Dr. Jenny Lind Elmaco, head of the Office of Strategic Partnerships announced that Silliman University will host the European Higher Education Fair this coming October and the two guest speakers will be coming back along with additional guests.
Photo by Ian Zane Esparaga