Pre-departure information session 2018


The French Embassy in South Africa hosted a pre-departure information session at the Alliance Française of Pretoria on 30 July for the students leaving for France in September 2018. The Campus France office of South Africa provided guidance for over 30 students on the administrative, academic and practical organisation in France. The students experienced a glimpse of the French culture and language through a language course offered by the Alliance Française of Pretoria, an information session about the travel opportunities by ATOUT FRANCE, and a French-style cocktail lunch. France alumni who benefitted from the scholarship programme in previous years shared their experience and advice and French enterprises in South Africa (TOTAL SA, Schneider Electric and Saint-Gobain) also presented their internship and career opportunities to the future French graduates. The students were also honoured to meet the South African higher education partners of France who attended the event, namely representatives from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The NRF co-funds 5 of the students who will complete their Masters degrees in agriculture. A representative from INSEAD Alumni was also present to network with the students. 



The French government, through the French Embassy scholarship programme, supports 45 students during the 2018/2019 academic year to pursue their masters and doctorate degrees. Ten of the 45 students will work along French researchers to complete part of their doctoral studies, while 26 students will integrate in full time masters programmes. The French government will, in addition, support 8 students for short exchange programmes during their masters degrees as well as one professor from the University of South Africa (UNISA), Dr DOS SANTOS, who will form part of the “Make our Planet Great Again (MOPGA) initiative. Some scholarship holders will continue their studies in French Higher Education institutions in 2019/2020 while others will return as France Alumni ambassadors to invest their acquired skills in South Africa.


The France Alumni network of highly educated South African and Basotho professionals are increasing every year, forming part of the international France Alumni network consisting of almost 200 000 members.

France is highly committed to strengthening the collaboration between South African and French academic institutions and therefore encourages the public to consult their website for the study and financing opportunities in France.


For more information:

Mrs. Narine van den Berg

University Cooperation Officer

Embassy of France in South Africa – Campus France South Africa