Information for international students
- Studying in South Africa places few restrictions upon those obtaining a South Africa student visa and The Department of Home Affairs generally welcomes foreign students who choose to obtain further studies by migrating to South Africa.
- However, one key point to observe is that much like the South African work permit visa applications, student visas require that a foreign national immigrating to South Africa in order to study must not prevent a South African citizen or permanent resident from studying by displacing them.
- Candidates must also be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to support themselves throughout their period of study in South Africa including tuition fees and medical insurance.
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In South Africa, visa applications for students must include
- A letter from the educational institution which will act as Confirmation of Acceptance and which details accommodation arrangements for the candidate.
- Evidence of the applicant’s ability to wholly support themselves financially.
- A valid return ticket.
- Medical insurance and a statement from the applicant’s doctor.
- A valid passport with a minimum of thirty days upon completion of study.
- For applicants over 18 years of age police clearance is required for all previous countries in which they have resided for a year or more.
- For minors, a letter of consent from the parents will also be necessary.
In addition, a range of documentation including the applicant’s birth certificate and photographs will be required.
South Africa study visas are granted for a one-year period and can be extended as necessary in order to complete the relevant course. Much like working permits; permits to study are valid only for the original course for which they were obtained. Any change of institution or course will require a new permit.