Update : 07/02/2021
By decision of the Campus France Labeling Commission on 20 May 2021, L'institut Agro was granted the ‘Bienvenue en France’ label (level 2) in recognition of the quality of its welcome of international students. The two internal schools—Montpellier SupAgro and Agrocampus Ouest—are both recognised under this label. On average they welcome around 550 international students yearly in their Engineering, Master’s and PhD programmes.
The label is awarded for a 4-year period to higher education institutions that meet the rigorous conditions for welcoming international students. A total of 102 institutions had been granted the label in November 2020.
The Bienvenue en France label is geared towards attracting international students and France has set a dual objective to achieve this target: welcome half a million international students by 2027 (currently 358,000) while encouraging more students to study abroad via university exchanges or a mobility programme leading to a degree. The quality of the welcome extended to international students is a keystone to enhance the internationalization and attractiveness of higher education in France.
The label helps boost international students’ awareness on what the institution is doing to guarantee the quality of their welcome. It is awarded by Campus France on the grounds of a self-assessment, closely focused on the concerns of international students, and of an evidence package provided by the institution based on 6 criteria:
This label is an excellent promotion and outreach tool. Institutions awarded the label benefit from visibility on all Campus France websites, including its communication tools and media, and within the network of diplomatic agencies and Campus France local offices. Institutions can also use the label in their own communication campaigns.
Montpellier SupAgro is highly committed to the development of activities targeting international students and is mobilizing its entire community to meet this major challenge of enhancing the institution’s attractiveness and outreach.
—Carole Sinfort, Director of L'institut Agro | Montpellier SupAgro.
For the Montpellier SupAgro internal school, many steps have already been taken to prepare, welcome and support international students (representing around 25% of the students on campus in 2019):
After being granted the Qualité français langue étrangère (FLE) label for its entire French as a Foreign Language programme in 2017, Montpellier SupAgro is now proud to share with Agrocampus Ouest the Bienvenue en France label awarded to L’institut Agro. This certification is a testament to the quality of our schools, which are committed to welcoming and supporting international students throughout their studies.