Meet the class of 2016 - 2017

The Embassy of France in South Africa again offered a number of bursaries to South African graduates to pursue their Master’s studies in France from September 2016, in fields ranging from Finance, Economics, Engineering, Digital Communications and Marketing, Journalism and Culture Management, to International Relations, Zoology and Business.

 More than 100 applications were received from graduates of almost every South African university this year, and bursaries were offered to students from, amongst others, the University of Pretoria, The University of the Witwatersrand, Walter Sisulu University, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the University of the Western Cape, the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Cape Town.   

These bursaries are offered annually to South African students to promote Franco-South African academic exchange and cooperation, and are funded by the French government and managed by the French government agency Campus France.  Students are selected based on the criteria of academic merit, professional and personal motivation, previous experience and their career objectives.

This year’s group are in institutions and cities all over France, including Paris, Rennes, Nantes, Lille and Grenoble. The programme has produced Master’s graduates in a large variety of fields, including Business, Law, Social Sciences and Engineering. Seen in this picture:  Students selected this year attended a pre-departure information session and a cocktail with the Ambassador of France in South Africa, Ms Elizabeth Barbier, on 15 June at the Alliance Française of Pretoria.

 This briefing session, held at the Alliance Française in Pretoria, was jointly organized by Campus France and the Cooperation and Cultural Action Department of the Embassy. The students got to know each other and learned about France, French politics, French culture and student mobility abroad. They also obtained practical information to prepare for their stay in France.

 The Alliance Française gave the students a French lesson and Ms Hélène Bezuidenhoudt from Atout France (tourist information) also joined them in the afternoon. A representative from St. Gobain spoke to the students about possible internship opportunities after their studies in France.

 The new scholarship holders also had the opportunity of getting first-hand information from two alumni - Nolundi Walaza and Amandla Mjolo - French government scholarship holders 2012-2013, who told them about their “French experience” and gave them valuable advice.