International Scholars

Over 1000 future energy leaders from around the world have been selected as Total International Scholars since 2004. With the Total International Scholarships Program, Total’s local affiliates identify promising students who intend to return to their country of origin at the end of their training in France. It’s part of Total’s sustainable development policy and our commitment to local partners.

You can find out more about the program here.

Discover former Scholars’ accounts of their experiences studying and living in France.

Munachiso Jude

International Scholars

Say hello to Total International Scholar Munachiso Jude! Here’s his account of how his experience in France is helping him prepare for his Nigerian legal career.   “My first degree was in mechanical engineering but I then discovered a passion for law. I’m currently doing a double degree, an International Master’s of French and European Law at the ...


International Scholars

Meet Raja! She’s a Total International Scholar from Yemen.   “I lived all my life in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen and had never visited Europe until I came to France as a Total International Scholar,” explains Raja, who’s now in her 6th year of living and studying in France. As a Total International Scholar, she is one of 1,000 students to date who...


Meet Heather! She’s one of Total E&P Brunei’s Education Scholarship recipients.   “I have always been interested in oil and gas; the main industry in Brunei. I first arrived in France in 2012 for a pre-university course together with 10 other students at the Tours Institute of Technology (IUT) where I studied Chemical & Process Engineering...


Following her Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering in 2014, Fatimah left Indonesia to study at Ecole Centrale Nantes. After completing her first year of a Master’s in Engineering in Applied Mechanics, this 22-year-old student, passionate about cultures and intercultural differences, is about to start her second year, hoping that when she gets her degree, she...


Christina was the first ever student from Cyprus to join the International Scholarships Program at Total. After obtaining her Master’s degree at IFP School in France, she was offered a position with Total E&P Cyprus as a Drilling Engineer Trainee.   Christina, you spent two years in France during which you obtained your Master’s degree in Rese...


In 2012, Baptista obtained a scholarship from Total E&P Angola to pursue his studies in France; he is currently completing his Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of  Pau.   Baptista, you were granted a scholarship from Total E&P Angola after studying in one of the Eiffel Network secondary schools. Can you tel...


Hossam is the first student of the International Scholarships Program to be admitted to the prestigious École Polytechnique. This 22-year-old Yemeni arrived in France three years ago.     Hossam, our readers want to know all about you!    I arrived in France after I got a scholarship from Yemen LNG, in collaboration with...


Introducing Mayra! She’s from La Paz in Bolivia and studied as a Total International Scholar at the French Petroleum Institute (IFP) in Rueil-Malmaison. After two years, she has just obtained her Masters in Petroleum Engineering and Product Development.   “Before coming to France, I did an undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering at the Unive...

Dr. Erfan Vafaie Fard
Dr. Erfan Vafaie Fard

Meet Dr. Erfan Vafaie Fard from Iran!  Discover the fascinating career of this former Total International Scholar, now working at OPEC in Vienna.   Back in 2007, Erfan applied for a Total International Scholarship after completing his studies in Chemical Engineering in his home country of Iran. Looking back at his experience, he says, “Tota...

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