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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

  1. A letter from the educational institution which will act as Confirmation of Acceptance and which details accommodation arrangements for the candidate.
  2. Evidence of the applicant’s ability to wholly support themselves financially.
  3. A valid return ticket.
  4. Medical insurance and a statement from the applicant’s doctor.
  5. A valid passport with a minimum of thirty days upon completion of study.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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