Opportunities to study in Mauritius close this month

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This is the final week for applications for the Mauritius-Africa Scholarship Scheme offered by the government of Mauritius for full-time, on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which close on 31 January.

This is for programmes to be accessed in public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Mauritius for the 2022 academic year, starting in April.

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is the nominating agency, and it has called on South Africans who wish to apply for the scheme, to do so before the closing date.

The department said applicants should note that this call for applications is for the April 2022 intake only, and the call for the October 2022 intake will be published later in the year.

Applicants are urged to note that the above deadline differs from what is contained in the guidelines below, owing to the processing of applications and selection processes that need to be completed by DHET as the nominating agency.

‘Failure to submit applications and supporting documents by the above due date will result in your application not being considered,’ the department said.

The department said self-financing African students already studying in Mauritius are not eligible to apply for the same programme level they are currently studying under this scholarship scheme.

The scholarship offers tuition fees and course-related costs of up to MUR100 000 and monthly living allowance to the value of MUR12 500 (approximately R4 500).

Students will also be entitled to free basic health care in public hospitals in Mauritius, and return airfare to and from Mauritius by the most economic route.

Awardees will have to make their own arrangements to pay for their one-way air tickets and then apply for a refund upon arrival in

Mauritius by providing the necessary original receipts and documentation.

South Africans are urged to note that applications for medical degrees will not be considered due to unresolved challenges with respect to clinical practice and professional registration.

Who can apply?

General criteria:

– South African citizens in good health and with a strong academic record
– Candidates must have an interest in studying in Mauritius and demonstrate a commitment to the development of South Africa
– Candidates must be available to study in Mauritius at the start of their academic programme in April 2022
– All applicants must meet the entry criteria for their selected programme in Mauritius
– All applicants must meet the minimum academic requirement for entry into a similar programme at a South African university
– All candidates must be proficient in English
– Not be in receipt of a scholarship from any other public source in Mauritius
– Applicants must have already applied for full-time on-campus studies at any public Higher Education Institution in Mauritius for the academic year starting in 2022 (proof of application is required by 19 February)
– Awardees should be vaccinated against Covid-19 to have access to higher education institutions in Mauritius. For awardees who cannot, for medical reasons, be vaccinated, they will be required to produce duly certified medical certificates.
Applicants are urged to read the guidelines carefully before applying.
For more information on the application process, those interested can visit the department’s website for international scholarships via this link: Click Here

Zululand Observer/Conelia Harry