The Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) is a Public French administrative body under the supervision of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI). The AEFE manages and coordinates the network of 495 approved schools, the list of which is determined on an annual basis by a joint ministerial order from
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research. As guarantor of the French education system abroad, the AEFE plays a key role in expanding France’s cultural diplomacy and serves to boost the appeal of French higher education in about 137 countries.
Education, a major issue
France is the only country to have created an education system of this scale abroad. It contributes, through the education of foreign pupils (60% of our pupils) to expanding the influence of French Language and culture in about 137 countries. It also ensures the continuity of the French Public Education service for the children of French families living abroad.
The AEFE is the guarantor of the French education abroad. It plays a key role in expanding throughout the world France’s cultural and linguistic influence as well as humanitarian values, basis of our Republic.