I am a college student on an one-month exchange program in France, with full scholarship awarded by the French Embassy/Consulate of France. Round trip direct flight tickets had been ordered for me by the French Embassy. In particular, the return flight was scheduled to be on the next day of the end of my program. As it is my first time visiting France, I have asked the embassy (before the start of the program) if I could slightly extend my stay so that I could do some sightseeing before returning to my home country. Since my program is very packed, I would not have the time for this during my designated stay.
However, my request was rejected as I was told it would 'violate the terms and condition' of my government scholarship. They told me they would have to cancel my scholarship if I insist on changing the return date. Therefore, I have come up with two possible options:
Do not change the date of my return flight, but deliberately missing the flight and purchase another return flight on my own. However, this would be risky and somehow disrespectful. I am not sure if the embassy would find out, and if there would be consequences.
Take the return flight as scheduled, but taking another flight back to France on the same day. In other words, instead of purchasing only a single return flight as in option 1, I would have to purchase a round trip flight tickets on my own. Economically, the price of a single return flight and a set of round trip flight are very similar. However, I am not sure if this is allowed by the custom, and if I would face any extensive questioning/troubles in the airport. By the way, my visa does cover much longer than I need so that wouldn't be a problem in theory.
I know option 2 sounds stupid, as two consecutive long flights maybe very physically demanding and it is a tremendous waste of time. However, I come from a very hectic field and this is probably my only chance to travel for a few days in the coming 5-10 years. What should I do?