Gail Vermaak: Masters in International Development at Université Grenoble-Alpes
Gail Vermaak, a French government scholarship holder and UP graduate, has recently arrived in the picturesque student city of Grenoble, nestled at the foot of the French Alps in southeastern France, where she will be doing her M2 in International Development at the Université de Grenoble-Alpes. Campus France South Africa asked Gail to tell us more about why she chose France and what she expects to gain from this experience:
"My name is Gail Vermaak, from Pretoria. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in Psychology and Sociology) and my Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) degree in Development Studies at the University of Pretoria. I’ll be furthering my studies at the Institut de Géographie Alpine, through the University of Grenoble, in order to complete my M2 in International Development Studies.
Why France? Well, France (and French) has been present for a significant part of my life. I had French as a subject throughout high school and proceeded to take a gap-year in France in an effort to solidify the language that I had spent so much time trying to learn. Upon my return, I decided to keep up the language by taking French as an additional subject throughout my university studies, with the vision of being able to use it in my career as well as the dream of completing my masters in France.
My dream soon became an attainable goal when I saw a flyer advertising the scholarship from the French Embassy in the halls of the French department at university. After some extensive research on the cost of living, the course I wanted to study and the town of Grenoble, I was sold. With or without the scholarship, I was determined to do my masters in Grenoble, the capital of the French Alps. I then applied and, well, the rest is history.
Not only is Grenoble filled with history (dating back to over 2000 years ago), but it is also immersed in natural beauty from its location and its surroundings. I’m looking forward to being able to experience these two aspects of Grenoble, the French art de vivre, and so much more in terms of the endless opportunities and experiences that France has to offer."
Source: Campus France South Africa