International Education Week Comes to the Embassy
November 16, 2011.
On November 16, the French Embassy hosted a conference in the auditorium of the Maison Française to celebrate International Education Week, a joint initiative of the US Department of State and Department of Education.
It was the first time that an embassy took part in this annual event, which is dedicated to promoting study abroad among American students.
About 250 students from high schools throughout the Washington area attended this series of presentations, along with their French teachers.
The students were welcomed by the Ambassador of France to the United States, Mr. François Delattre, who emphasized the importance of studying abroad in all aspects of a young person’s life.
Ms. Ioanna Kohler, Director of Operations and Communications of Campus France, the embassy’s administrative body for student visas, explained the role of her organization to help foreign students to study in France.
Ms. Marie-Catherine Glaser, Educational Affairs Officer at the French Embassy, presented to students the various exchange programs offered by the Embassy.
Three American speakers then showed how their personal experience as foreign students in France impacted their lives and helped them in professional fields as diverse as journalism, higher education and international economics.