Campus abroad


ESIEE Paris, School of Engineering of the CCI Paris Ile-de-France region, created the French-South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) in Pretoria, South Africa in 1997. This was in cooperation with Technikon Pretoria, which in 2004, became the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), one of the biggest universities in the country.

A second F’SATI was opened in Cape Town in 2008, at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

The University of Paris Est Créteil (UPEC) then followed, by joining the cooperation from the French side.

The F’SATI is a training and research center, which offers high level scientific and technological programs:

  • Signal and telecommunication processing
  • Automation and control
  • Information and communication techniques
  • Energy
  • Space technologies and application

The curriculums proposed aim to train young graduates and high-level researchers in the field of electronics, information technology, and communication.

Discover the F’SATI’s training

The training is available in two places:

  • At the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria
  • At the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town (The flagship program here is satellite engineering).

In general, the students who enroll will receive a double degree (both South African and French). The teaching delivers ECTS credits, which also allows international students to participate.

The students in the engineering cycle at ESIEE Paris can follow the programs at F’SATI during their internship period or end of year projects.

Contact: Yves Blanchard, responsable du F’SATI,

A F’SATI satellite in space

In 2013, F’SATI wrote a chapter in South African history, with their launch of the first African SubeSat, Zacube -1, from the Russian base, Yasny. Measuring 10 x 10 x 10cm and weighing in at 1.2 kilos, this satellite is in collaboration with the South African space agency (SANSA), and carries a high-frequency transmitter, which is used to collect meteorological space data. The satellite was built by a team of students and teachers at F’SATI who were enrolled in the MSc engineering program; developed in collaboration with France, and delivered by ESIEE Paris and ESIEE Amiens.