The French Embassy and Wits University organised a course in French for International Relations and Diplomacy.

From 26 to 30 June 2017, a course was held at the University of Witwatersrand in French for International Relations and Diplomacy for students and professionals. This language course was organised by the French Embassy in South Africa in partnership with the University of Witwatersrand.

The Winter University was attended by 37 volunteer participants, 13 of them beginners (A2 +) and 24 intermediate students (B1).

Students from the University of Witwatersrand, the University of UKZN, the University of Johannesburg, the University of Potchefstroom, the University of Pretoria as well as the University of Stellenbosch attended the language course.

Among them, eight DIRCO representatives, including diplomats, also participated in the training.


This training was completed, for some participants, by the passing of the Diploma of Professional in French organised at the Alliance Française of Johannesburg on June 30th. This diploma is issued by the ’Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris’.

As for the Diploma of Professional in French, 18 students sat with the exam.
This diploma aims particularly at students and young professionals wishing to prove or value their skills.

Two experts came from France during this week in order to teach the students and professional.

On the other hand, in order to entertain during these intensive courses, cultural evenings were organised during the week. The interns went to the Bioscope, an independent cinema that projects a French film each month. The documentary film about young people from the north of France in professional integration was highly appreciated by the students.

Finally, in order to close the training course, certificates were given to the participants during a closing ceremony organised within the University.

Participants completed this training in a festive atmosphere and are waiting for the results of the exams.

publie le 05/07/2017

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