AFH Students’ Journey #1 | Vaishnavi Korupuri
“I’ve reached Toulouse on 4th September, 2019 and it’s been great so far. I love the city. It’s very peaceful around here.
The French I’ve learned from Alliance Francaise has been very helpful to communicate with locals regarding directions and in supermarkets for prices and other basic stuff.
The biggest advantage about studying in France is exploring different culture which also leads to different style of education as well. There are no question banks and important questions here, and the lecturers in France are genuinely interested in teaching. We can see how passionate they are about their job.
I will surely recommend people to study in France. The education here isn’t just budget friendly but also worth every penny we are paying.
All I would like to say is, France is a beautiful place with a lot of student benefits as well. Everyone, either a student or not, one should explore this place.”
AFH Students’ Journey #2 | Arijit Goswami
“It was nothing less than a paradise – the countryside of Chantilly. I still vividly remember the beautiful sunny morning when I visited my company’s corporate university at Les Fontaines and the splendid castle-styled building welcomed me to an amazing journey in France.
I was a part of a delegation that was flown down to France for corporate training and for networking with the senior leadership of the organization. However, outside the rigorous training hours, I and a few friends squeezed out time to explore the mesmerizing countryside. French people are certainly some of the sweetest people on the earth and their lifestyle is amazing. What surprised me even more was their sense of discipline and respect for traffic rules, where every driver had utmost respect for pedestrians.
Even the interactions with French people in the countryside and in Paris a few days later were quite pleasant. However, I still found that knowing French language could make the interactions even more enriching. That has been one of my motivations to learn French from Alliance Francaise. I am sure that conversations in French will make my experience in France much more fulfilling the next time I visit the awesome country.”
AFH Students’ Journey #3 | Zainab Alikhan
“During summer holidays in high school, a few friends and I signed up for a beginner’s French course at the AFH.
What followed was possibly the most delightful and effective classroom learning experience I had (or have) encountered. This magic stemmed from the combination of a vibrant organisation that brought to life the broader French culture, alongside a highly talented teaching staff (rock on Uma, Soumya, Hina!), excited to infuse their passion of the language and culture into the classroom of students.
These teachers made a language full of exceptions seem entirely logical and intuitive. Overnight they converted at least one day-dreaming high school back-bencher into a bright eyed AFH front-bencher.
I went on to sign up for three more levels back to back, and these short four months paved the way for much richer future connections, adding French food, culture, friends, music and film to my life.
A huge thanks to the AFH for paving the way for this richness in my life!”
“My name is E. Nithin Kumar, currently pursuing M.Sc. in Disaster Management and Environmental Impacts at IMT Mines, Alès, since October 2019. Alès is one of the most beautiful and oldest towns in France in Occitanie region. Moreover, the cost of living is less compared to other regions in France.
I learnt French language at Alliance Francaise Hyderabad which has been really helpful. Not only the language but also they taught us French culture which really helped me in interacting with locals.
My suggestion to students who are interested in doing their higher education in France is to learn French language at Alliance Francaise. Campus France guided me with the choice of colleges in France according to my field of interest. I recommend France for higher education because it is highly budget friendly with a great international exposure.
IMT Mines Alès where I am doing Masters, is one of the best Institutes in France. We are 11 students of 6 different nations. The diversity helped me in understanding different people & their culture. The teaching method is completely different from India. Our professors are from International Red Cross, UNESCO, Total, etc.”
AFH Students’ Journey #5 | Sakshi Kakkar
I am in Montmarte, Paris and as I walk down the meandering roads from Sacre Coeur, I see a beauty I have never seen before: a sunset and endless canvas-art tumbling down the street. Beautiful artistic renditions of Le Tour Eiffel, Musee du Louvre and La Seine painted with a free hand in vibrant, abstract, personal styles. Looking at so much art makes me feel overwhelmingly liberated through the expression it depicts. I understand the art’s sentiment, its language, its origins. And because I speak the language of the artists who must have painted this, I feel I am home, with people I know, in a country I have never lived in before!
The local grocer is my fast friend, the ticket vendor trusts me to learn more French and do well in it and almost daily, I receive appreciation to converse in French.
This is how I love to sum up my short stay in Paris, to me, the city of art.
An experience close to my heart was to have bought a refurbished Moliere play from a stall put up by the river Seine. As it now lay on my desk, I am a proud owner of a piece of the French history. I read it out loud, now and then, and try to produce the epiglottal sound of the French ‘r’ to perfect the french accent.
A big thank you to Alliance Française to help me get a formal education of the French Language. I absolutely love the teachers, culture and the vibe at AF.
Here, I am a French student forever!
AFH Students’ Journey #6 | Raghav Prakash
AFH Students’ Journey #7 | Sai Deepak Singumahanthi
“My name is Sai Deepak Singumahanthi and I was a student at the Alliance Française of Hyderabad between 2004-2007. I was a Hotel Management student and I had taken up French as an additional skill to enhance my resume. But once I started learning the language, I fell so much in love with it that I went onto complete my Advanced Diploma (the highest level was called the Diplôme Supérieur back then).
Learning French was one of the best choices that I had made both personally and professionally. On the personal front, I had people from diverse backgrounds as classmates. This not only helped me enrich my thought process during the classroom discussions but I also made some friends for life. At the Alliance, in addition to teaching the language, due emphasis is also given to knowing the culture, history, lifestyle , economy and other factors. This really helped me to have an open mind which paid me rich dividends during my travels for work and pleasure.
On the professional front, I chose French language as a career option. I worked mainly in the Oil and Gas industry for a French seismic exploration company and got to travel to different countries and had a chance to meet people from various countries. I also participated in the Language Assistant Programme which has left me with a lot of fond memories.
Looking back, I am so glad that I took up French and I owe a lot to Alliance Française of Hyderabad and to all my wonderful teachers (Mme. Rekha, Mme. Manjula, Mme. Shanti, M. Sunil, Mme. Madhavi and Mme. Manisha). “