ELAN Scholarship and Immersion Programme Now Open!

ELAN Scholarship and Immersion Programme Now Open!

2800 OECS Youth set to benefit from French Educational and Work Space exchange

The ELAN (Echanges Linguistiques et Apprentissage Novateur par la Mobilité - Linguistic Exchanges and Innovative Learning through Mobility) project is offering GCSE A level and CAPE 2 holders, the opportunity to study at the Université des Antilles through the ELAN scholarship and immersion programme.

Scope of the scholarship and immersion programme

The ELAN scholarship and immersion programme is a golden opportunity for OECS students to improve their command of French, thereby facilitating access to higher education in the French territories in the region.

In order to register at a French University, students must have at least B2 proficiency in French based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). ELAN provides those students with at least a B2 level in French, who apply to the Université des Antilles through the French Embassy in Saint Lucia, the opportunity to apply for a scholarship of 700 euros per month, which may be renewed the following year. 

In an effort to reach a wider audience, a pilot project also allows GCSE A level and CAPE 2 holders who have attained A2 or B1 proficiency in French, to integrate into an immersion programme, in order to improve their command of the language and to facilitate access to the university.

The project gives B1 students the opportunity to participate in a 5-month immersion programme in Martinique or Guadeloupe, in order to pass the B2 exam and to register at the Université des Antilles. They will benefit from a scholarship of 700 € per month for the duration of the immersion programme and also for the first regular year at the Université des Antilles.

Students who have A2 proficiency in French, have the possibility of attending classes at the Alliance Française of their home country, in order to pass the DELF B1 exam and to integrate into the B1 immersion programme.

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It should be noted that all students who register at the Université des Antilles will benefit from reduced registration fees, for example applicants to an undergraduate degree will only pay 170€ per year instead of 2,770€ (like the Nationals).

Eligibility criteria

To be considered for the ELAN scholarship, you must:

  • Be a citizen of an OECS Member State
  • Have your usual residence in one of the English-speaking OECS Member States
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years
  • Be at least a holder of GCSE A level or CAPE 2
  • Have a certified B2 proficiency in French based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and be accepted at the Université des Antilles
  • Or have a certified B1 proficiency in French based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and be selected to attend the immersion programme at the Université des Antilles
  • Submit a completed form with the required supporting documents as set out in the Scholarship application form

To be considered for the Immersion Programme, you must:

  • Be a citizen of an OECS Member State
  • Have your usual residence in one of the English-speaking OECS Member States
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years
  • Be at least a holder of GCSE A level of CAPE 2
  • Have a certified A2 or B1 proficiency in French
  • Have a motivated intention to pursue studies at the Université des Antilles in Martinique or Guadeloupe
  • Submit a completed form with the required supporting documents as set out in the ELAN Immersion Programme Application Form

How to apply?

A2 and B1 applicants are required to apply to the immersion programme by downloading and filling out the ELAN Immersion Programme Application Form.

Application Form for ELAN Scholarship and Immersion Programme APPLICATION TO THE ELAN IMMERSION PROGRAMME.docx - 129 KB

Completed applications must be sent to the following e-mail addresses: ghislaine.schuller@gmail.com and urdine.darius@campusfrance.org  before 16th September 2019.

Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview for selection.

About ELAN

ELAN is a 3-million-euro project co-financed by Interreg Caraïbe through the European Regional Development Fund and the European Development Fund and with the contribution of the institutional partners mentioned below. It seeks to improve the command of foreign languages, facilitate access to higher education, and encourage student mobility, training, and school exchange programs within the region.

The objective is to reinforce youth skills for ease of access to the labour market, and to improve competitiveness among companies; improve the attractiveness of territories and finally, promote a shared Caribbean identity as the basis for an efficient and sustainable regional integration.

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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