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Rules and Regulations

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR STUDENTS

(w.e.f. 15th May 2021)                                                     

 Admissions

  1. Alliance Française de Pune is part of a network of 14 Alliances françaises across the country.   Admissions are reserved for residents of Pune city and surrounding towns and cities. Students from other cities are advised to contact the Alliance Française closest to them for admissions: https://afindia.org/
  2. Admissions are given on a first come first served basis and are subject to availability of seats. Admission is only confirmed once full payment of administrative, tuition and library fees is confirmed by the bank.
  3. The Alliance Française de Pune reserves the right to reject any application without assigning reason.
  4. Courses will run subject to a minimum number of participants. The Alliance française reserves the right to cancel a class if a minimum number is not reached.
  5. Administrative, tuition, library, digital platform fees and class schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
  6. Students are expected to contact the office for information regarding the date of commencement of a course in which they have registered. The Alliance Française de Pune will not be liable for classes missed by students.

Access test

  1. Students from other institutes and students joining after a break of more than six months are welcome to join directly into higher levels.  However, they will need to take an access test before being given admission. The objective of the access test is to ascertain whether the student possesses the required competencies to be able to directly enter the desired level of study and to cope with the course.
  2. Access tests are held once a week, on Thursdays, and may be held more often during the admission period. Students must call the front office staff to register for an access test.
  3. The results of the access test will be valid for a period of one month only and students are therefore encouraged to take it only before they wish to register for a class.
  4. Students enrolled in a class at the AF Pune, within the last six months, are not permitted to take an access test in lieu of their final evaluation.

 Fees, refund and Transfers

  1. Course fees include administrative, tuition, digital platform (Mon Alliance), E-library membership fees and GST as applicable. DELF DALF exam registration fees are not included and will have to be paid separately during the Exam registration period.
  2. Administrative fees, once paid, are valid for a period of one year from the date of admission into a course. Students who enroll in successive courses will have to pay administrative fees once again, if they register for a course after expiry of this one-year period.
  3. E-Library membership and access to the digital platform Mon Alliance is valid from the date of commencement of a course to the end of the course.
  4. Fees are to be paid in full, online by direct bank transfer. Detailed instructions are available on the website. Noncompliance of the same will render an admission invalid.
  5. Course fees are not refundable and are not transferable to a third person or to any other Alliance Française in India or the world.
  6. The Alliance Française de Pune will refund the entire course fee if a class is cancelled on account of insufficient registrations or if the start date is delayed by more than two weeks and the student does not wish to pursue the course. No other refunds are given.

Transfer of Batch

Transfers from one batch to another are not encouraged. In exceptional cases, students may apply for a transfer from one timing to another, within the same session, or from full time courses to weekend batches or vice versa. Such a transfer becomes effective only after a written application has been submitted to the office, approval of the transfer by the Management, payment of the relevant Transfer of Batch Fee and payment of any extra amount on account of an increase in admission, tuition, library fee, books or GST or a difference in the number of hours or rates over weekends. No extra amount will be refunded to the student. Such transfers will be authorized subject to availability of seats in the desired batch. The Alliance Française de Pune reserves the right to refuse such a transfer.

Transfer of Session

  • Full course fees may be transferred only once and to the session immediately following the session in which the student has enrolled if a written application is made before the commencement of the course, along with supporting documents to justify the reason. Such a transfer becomes effective only after presentation of the original receipt, approval of the transfer by the Management and payment of the relevant Transfer of Session Fees.
  • The Alliance Française de Pune reserves the right to reject any transfer of session application.
  • If the transfer is approved by the Management, the student must select the class and timing into which he/she wishes to be transferred immediately and is expected to keep himself or herself informed about the commencement of classes.
  • The Alliance Française de Pune does not guarantee the commencement of any class at any level at the preferred timings of the student in the session to which the fees are transferred. The student will have to choose between available batches in the session to which fees have been transferred or forfeit the amount of the credit.
  • Admissions are on a first come first served basis and are subject to the availability of seats. The above amount will not be refunded nor transferred to another session should the student fail to complete the admission procedure on time and fail to get a seat in the batch of his/her choice. In the event of the same, the amount stands forfeited.
  • The Alliance Française de Pune will not reserve seats for such transfer cases or inform students of upcoming sessions.
  • Transfer of session: students will have to pay any extra amount on account of an increase in administrative, tuition, digital platform or library fees, GST or a difference in the number of hours or rates over weekends. No extra amount will be refunded to the student.

Part Transfer of Fees

  • Transfers of sessions are not given after the commencement of the class. In exceptional cases such as grave illnesses, accidents or unforeseen emergencies, and at the discretion of the Management, part of the fees may be transferred to the session immediately following the session in which the student has enrolled if an application is made before 50% of the course is completed. No application for transfer of fees will be accepted after 50% of the course is completed.  Any transfer becomes effective only after presentation of the original receipt, approval of the transfer application by the Management and payment of the relevant Transfer of Session Fees.
  • The student will only receive credit for the balance number of hours of the course, commencing from the date on which the written transfer application request is submitted to Front Office and not from the date on which he or she stopped attending classes or informed the teacher.
  • A written application requesting a transfer along with supporting documents to justify the reason for the transfer request must be submitted to the Front Office. Once the transfer is approved, the student must fill out the transfer form and make the relevant payment in order for the transfer to be processed. The student must select the class and timing into which he/she wishes to be transferred immediately and is expected to keep himself or herself informed about the commencement of classes. Fees may only be transferred into the session immediately following the session into which admission has been taken.
  • Transfer of session: students will have to pay any extra amount on account of an increase in administrative, tuition, digital platform and library fees, GST or a difference in the number of hours or rates over weekends. No extra amount will be refunded to the student.
  • The Alliance Française does not guarantee the commencement of any class at any level at the preferred timings of the student in the session to which the fees are transferred. The student will have to choose between available batches in the session to which fees have been transferred or forfeit the amount of the credit.
  • The Alliance Française de Pune will not reserve seats for such transfer cases or inform students of upcoming sessions.
  • Admissions are on a first come first served basis. The above amount will not be refunded nor transferred to another session should the student fail to complete the admission procedure on time and fail to get a seat in the batch of his/her choice. In the event of the same, the amount stands forfeited.
  • The Alliance Française de Pune reserves the right to reject any transfer of session application.

Concessions

  • Students who do not pass a level and wish to repeat the level are given a concession of 50% in the course fees provided they register in the session immediately following the session in which they did not pass. This benefit is applicable only to students who have attended a minimum of 80% of the course and have taken all internal and final exams. This benefit is not extended to subsequent sessions.
  • Alliance Française de Pune students are given a discounted rate for DELF/DALF exam sessions that are held within a maximum of six months following the end of their course.

Teaching and organization of classes

Specificities of online courses

  1. Students must ensure that they are well equipped with a laptop or tablet, webcam and audio equipment before joining the class.  It is not recommended to use a mobile device.
  2. A stable internet connection will ensure the success of the students’ learning experience. The Alliance française de Pune shall not be held accountable for power outage or loss of connectivity at the students’ end. Only classes that may be cancelled on account of technical issues at the trainer’s end shall be replaced.
  3. It is mandatory that students join the class with their VIDEO ON. If, for some reason, a student must turn his or her video OFF, prior permission of the trainer must be taken.
  4. Only the person registered for the class is allowed to attend. No family members or other persons will be allowed to attend online classes. Sharing of the Zoom ID with others is strictly prohibited and strict action will be taken against students who would do so.
  5. No recordings of online classes are permitted. Resources shared by faculty is purely for the purposes of learning and may not be reused for commercial or other purposes by participants. The Alliance française de Pune reserves the right to initiate legal proceedings against persons who misuse its platform, resources, or logo.
  6. Students are expected to join their class on time, dress appropriately and attend without interruption. Mobile phones are to be switched off or kept in silent mode during classes. Students must refrain from answering phone calls or messaging during class hours, except in the case of emergencies.
  7. Students are advised to ensure that they are in a quiet place for their class and that there are no background disturbances or distraction.
  8. Students are expected to procure their paper copy of the textbook and workbook through external vendors.
  9. Courses may include a significant number of online assignments on the digital learning platform “MonAlliance”. Students are expected to complete the modules within the stipulated time as these are an integral part of the course curriculum and are meant to enhance the learning program.

Organization of classes

  1. Students are expected to attend classes regularly. No make-up classes will be provided in case of absenteeism, regardless of the reason. Private classes may be requested in case of absence and will be charged accordingly.
  2. In the absence of the teacher, the Alliance française de Pune will make sure that a replacement teacher is made available. If finding a replacement is not possible, the Alliance française de Pune reserves the right to postpone the class to a later date.
  3. Depending on the circumstances, trainees or any member of the Management may attend/participate in the classes.
  4. Classes may be cancelled and class time may be reduced up to four hours due to unexpected contingencies.
  5. The Alliance Française de Pune reserves the right to change faculty at any point during the course due to unexpected and unavoidable circumstances.
  6. Any concern regarding classes should be addressed to the Course Director in writing.

Internal evaluation & attestations

  1. Internal tests are conducted at regular intervals during the course and a final oral and written exam is conducted at the end of the course on the digital platform. Students are regularly tested on four competencies: oral and written comprehension and oral and written expression. The dates of all evaluations are fixed in advance by the professors and advance intimation is given verbally to the students. No written intimation of the same will be given and no re-test will be conducted in the case of students missing the internal tests and the final exam.
  2. Students who wish to continue into a higher level must obtain a minimum of 50% in the final exams as well as in the final result computed at the end of the course and a minimum of 8 on 25 in each competency, in the final exam.  40% weightage is given to internal tests and 60% to the end of term exam for computation of the final result.
  3. Given the fact that the sanctity of such tests is compromised by technical difficulties and the absence of strict supervision, attestations will bear mention of the same. The attestation does not certify the language level of the student and cannot be used for this purpose.
  4. A soft copy of the class attestation will be sent to students within a month, of the end of the course. The class certificate shall mention the attendance of the students, marks obtained in evaluations.
  5. At the end of their course, students will be requested to fill up an online questionnaire to give their feedback about their learning experience at the AF Pune. Such feedback is indispensable and essential for to improve the quality of Alliance française de Pune services.

Library and cultural Activities

  1. Access to the library is reserved for students, members of the Alliance Française de Pune and of the library, holding valid ID cards. Students become members of the library by default, once they enroll in a class. Such membership automatically expires at the end of the course. Students who do not wish to continue into higher levels but wish to use the library facilities, may do so by paying the relevant library membership fees.
  2. During the lockdown, students get access to an online digital library (Culturetheque).
  3. Students shall adhere to all the Rules and Regulations of the Library failing which they may be denied access to the same.
  4. Students who do not return books on time will not be issued new books and will be denied access to library facilities, attestations or admission into higher levels until they return the same.
  5. Students will have to reimburse the cost of books, magazines, and comics, DVDs or CDs lost or damaged by them.
  6. Students are entitled and encouraged to attend our cultural events and will receive a regular newsletter regarding the same if they wish

Privacy policy

We are committed to protecting your personal data and to giving you the best safe online experience. By using the Alliance Française de Pune’s services, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collecting of personal datas

While purchasing products/services from Alliance française de Pune, you will be invited to fill out a registration form with personal information about you, such as name, address, phone number, email address and other personal details. These data will be collected and stored by us to communicate with you and inform you about our offers/French classes/cultural events, to initiate and complete commercial transactions, to know our customers better and to prevent fraud or illegal activity.

Protection of personal datas & security

Alliance française de Pune is committed to secure your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Access to your personal data will be limited to our employees and certain third parties who process it on our behalf. We do not sell, rent or share personal information with third parties. When requested to create an account on our platforms, we recommend our customers to choose secured passwords and to keep them confidential. Although we will take steps to secure personal information, customers should note that no method of transmission over the Internet is 100% secure, hence we cannot guarantee its absolute security. Any communication of personal data is at your own risk.

We reserve the right to update or change our Privacy Policy at any time.  Alliance française de Pune welcomes your comments regarding this Privacy Policy. If you would like to ask questions to us, to request a copy of your personal data we hold about you or to correct them, please contact us at [email protected].

Final provisions

The present terms and conditions are an integral part of the Alliance Française de Pune registration form and by registering to any class, the student agrees to abide by these regulations.

 

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