Thursday, October 11, 2007 – Nationals of the OECS have not traditionally
utilised the French West Indies as an avenue to pursue tertiary education.
However recent efforts to help persons get around the language barrier may
change this trend.
In order to strengthen ties with the OECS the University of the French West
Indies and Guiana has announced an intensive French language course that would
then serve as the stepping stone for students to enrol in any programme offered
by a public institution in the French West Indies.
Project Officer for the programme at the OECS Education Reform Unit Hugo
Roebroeck says upon completing the class students will pass the TCF or Test de
Connaissance du Francais, the government sanctioned French language test and
move on to regular registration at the university or other institutions.
“The university has its headquarters in Guadeloupe, but it has five campuses,
two campuses in French Guiana, two in Guadeloupe and one in Martinique. So it
has campuses all over. Degrees are taught on all campuses in every department.
Some of them are only available in one of them but most of them are available
either in Guadeloupe or Martinique. “
The deadline for applications for the French language course is the 19th of