From the desk of the Consul General (September 2020) [fr]
Dear French and American friends,
I hope this newsletter finds you well.
During this unprecedented back-to-school period, we must continue to remain vigilant and cautious in order to limit the spread of the virus. I encourage you to follow the recommendations of local authorities and to regularly consult our website and our social media accounts in order to stay informed of the latest consulate news.
For many of you, the end of summer is synonymous with book bags and notebooks. For me, it is also an opportunity to reflect on our actions to promote educational cooperation. The Atlanta Office of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States along with members of our network of approved schools, ten immersion schools, and French university departments are united in our commitment to promoting French language learning and French immersion programs. As the second-most learned language in U.S. schools, French is important in the Southeast, and the Southeast is home to quality French programs. Indeed, the FrancEducation Label has been awarded to five immersion schools in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Consulate is mobilized to support schools; support teachers through grants and training; and encourage students to continue their plurilingual learning.
For those of you who have a child enrolled at one of the three AEFE schools in our jurisdiction, please note that the second campaign for education assistance is open. You have until September 25 to submit your scholarship application to the consulate.
In addition to promoting French-language learning, the consulate also seeks to advance links between French and American higher education institutions. Encouraging international cooperation in higher education as well as welcoming international students in France are two government priorities. American students seeking to begin their studies in person at French universities are now among the exceptions to travel restrictions. Furthermore, the VFS Global center in Atlanta, which has been open since August 27, is able again to process visa applications.
In today’s world, international cooperation remains essential. I am pleased to announce that our annual event series focused on innovation, France-Atlanta, will return this fall for its 11th edition. In order to respect local health guidance, all of the events will be held virtually. I encourage you to discover this year’s program, which is just as rich and diverse as in past years. This attests to the strong links that France-Atlanta has created between our French and American partners.
The staff of the French Consulate General in Atlanta remain mobilized to answer your questions and welcome you in conditions as similar as possible to that which you are accustomed.
I wish you all a wonderful back-to-school period. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.
Consul General of France