International Students

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Studying in South Africa comes with some rules for obtaining a student visa. The Department of Home Affairs generally welcomes foreign students who want to further their studies in South Africa. However, it’s important to note that, similar to South African work permit visa applications, student visas require that foreign nationals coming to South Africa to study do not displace South African citizens or permanent residents from educational opportunities. Additionally, candidates must show they have enough funds to cover their tuition fees, medical insurance, and living expenses while studying in South Africa. 


To apply to study at CTU, fill out the online application form and submit all required documents listed below. Once your application is approved, you’ll receive an acceptance letter from the Registrar. Please note that CTU is required by law to inform the immigration office/embassy/home affairs if a student no longer studies at the registered campus. 

In South Africa, visa applications for students must include: 

  • A letter from the educational institution confirming acceptance and detailing accommodation arrangements. 
  • Proof of the applicant’s financial ability to support themselves. 
  • A valid return ticket. 
  • Medical insurance and a statement from a doctor. 
  • A valid passport with at least thirty days’ validity after the completion of the study. 
  • For applicants over 18, police clearance from all countries resided in for a year or more. 
  • For minors, a letter of consent from parents. 


USAf is made up of four projects namely: 

Matriculation Board, Equivalence Setting, National Information Service for Higher Education (Nishe) and National Benchmark Tests (NBT). The Matriculation Board advises on minimum university admission. 

PO Box 3854, Pretoria, 0001 

Tel: +27 87 138 3001 / 2 or +27 10 591 4401/2 

E-mail: [email protected] 

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Additionally, applicants will need to provide their birth certificate and photographs. South African study visas are initially granted for a one-year period but can be extended as needed to complete the course. Just like work permits, study permits are only valid for the original course they were obtained for. Any changes to institution or course will require a new permit.