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Study in South Africa

Welcome to Study in South Africa section. Here you will find a List of Top and Best Universities in South Africa, Study abroad options, Scholarships, Colleges, Programs, Courses, Institutes for studying MBA, Business Management, Engineering, Hotel management, Arts & Design, Films & Media, Science & Technology, Animation, Computers & IT and many more programs for studies in South Africa.
You will also find why study in South Africa, the eligibility and admission procedure for study in South Africa, cost of tuition and living, student visa requirements, scholarships available from different South African Universities and Government and list of Top Universities in South Africa for studies in South Africa.
You will find articles on Study in South Africa, blogs, questions and answers, university reviews, forums, etc. to make informed decisions for studying in South Africa.

Top Universities in South Africa

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Fort Hare
  • University of the Free State
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Limpopo
  • North-West University

Why Study in South Africa?

  South Africa is a friendly country.Students from all races, castes and color are welcome in this beautiful rainbow nation. The infrastructure, advanced technologies and modernity and rich cultural heritage forms the seamless tapestry of this beautiful and vibrant nation. 
There are excellent universities and colleges in South Africa which are striving hard to meet the higher education requirements of students the world. There are around 10 local languages which are prevalent in South Africa which students can choose from to pursue in their academic stay in South Africa.The most popular and at the same time sort after courses in country include engineering,  business management, communication & media, education, environmental science, and African languages.
There are many weekend options for fun and leisure that enables students to put their hair down and enjoy wildlife adventure, sports and travel.
Education and living is comparatively more affordable here due to low exchange rate.International students can also secure a world class education by paying a reasonable amount of tuition fees.

South Africa has a lot of thrust on research activities.  Also, students interested in arts, medicine and political science have immense opportunities to explore here.

Admission Requirements for Study in South Arica, South African Universities, Eligibility Criteria, Application Process, Procedure for Study in South Africa-
Following is the eligibility criteria for study in South Africa for MBA, engineering, bachelors, masters and PhD programs in South African universities:
Admission procedure:-

International students who wish to apply for admission to an African University must be in possession of a valid study permit/permanent residency permit and have the necessary medical aid cover before their application will be considered.

Foreign students must also provide the following documents as part of their application for admission:

1.Statement of purpose
2.Copies of transcripts for all previous university studies
3.Copy of reports for final year projects (PDF format)
4.Copy of masters dissertation or equivalent in PDF format (for PhD students only)
5.A list of published journal articles, if any*
6.Three letters of reference
7.Rank in class
8.For students who did not complete their studies in an English medium University, TOEFL exam scores (internet based test - iBT) must also be provided.

Eligibility:- In south Africa the eligibility is different for different levels. Some guidelines are mentined below:

Completed at least 48 credit points of your course at Monash (except Engineering and Law)
Engineering students must complete 96 credit points (less for intercampus exchanges between Monash Australia and Malaysia)

  • Law students (single or double degree) who intend studying law units overseas must complete 72 credit points in total which must include 48 credit points of compulsory or quasi compulsory units from the Bachelor of Laws.  These 48 credit points of Law units can have been completed at Monash or have been given specified credit from another institution.
  • Law double degree students who do not intend studying law units overseas must have completed at least 48 credit points of their current course.
  • An active enrolment in a Monash undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree program at any campus in Australia , Malaysia or South Africa
  • A credit average (60%) in the results so far in your current course
  • Applied for a country other than the country of citizenship
  • Selected a full time load of on-campus units at the overseas university
  • Been assessed by a process of consultation with Monash Abroad and faculty staff as a suitable representative of Monash University

Requirements for Honours Degrees

Candidates registering for an Honours degree should take note of the General Regulations as well as additional departmental regulations are given below:

  • The degree is conferred after one year has expired after obtaining the Bachelor's degree.
  • Students must pass postgraduate modules totaling 128 units. The majority of postgraduate modules offered by the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering are worth 32 units.
  • Students must take at least 75% of the total module units from the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering. The remaining units may be taken from other departments, subject to the approval of the Postgraduate Committee.
  • A student must attain at least 50% for each module and may repeat each module only once. The final marks will consist of the average of a semester mark and an examination mark. A student must attain a sub-minimum of 40% in the examination in order to pass a module. No supplementary examinations are allowed.
  • Candidates must complete the degree within two years (full-time) or three years (part-time).
  • Students, who have completed postgraduate modules at other universities, may apply for recognition of these modules for their Honours degree. Applications will be considered on merit by the Postgraduate Committee.
  • Students must take note of the depth and scope of the postgraduate modules. Each module of 32 units will consist of 32 hours (2 x 16) of contact time and the student must allow for an additional 218 hours (average) of self-study.
  • A student passes with distinction if he/she has attained an average of 75% for all his/her modules.
  • Honours students who intend to continue with their Master’s degree are encouraged to take the “Introduction to Research” module (32 units) – during this module they will be guided in preparing a research proposal for their intended Master’s degree.

For the Master’s program the candidates should take note of the General Regulations. A summary of these regulations and additional departmental regulations are given below:

  • The degree is conferred only after at least one year has expired after obtaining the Honours degree.
  • The degree is conferred on the basis of a 128 unit dissertation.
  • Candidates must complete the degree within four years.
  • The 128 unit dissertation carries the same weight as 4 postgraduate modules and approximately 1000 hours should be spent on research and preparation of the final manuscript.
  • A Masters student passes with distinction if he/she attains at least 75% for the dissertation.
  • A Masters student must submit at least one article for publication to a recognised journal before the degree can be conferred. The article must be based on the research of the dissertation. A copy of the article, as well as a copy of a letter from the editor acknowledging receipt of the paper, must accompany the final submission of the dissertation.

For a PH. D program a candidate must take note of the General Regulations a summary of these regulations as well as additional departmental regulations are given below:

  • The degree is conferred only after aone year has expired after obtaining the Master’s degree.
  • The degree is conferred on the basis of a thesis.
  • Candidates must complete the degree within four years.
  • Ph.D. degrees are not conferred with distinction.
  • PhD students must submit a letter of acceptance for publication or a published article on the work done during the PhD period, from an accredited journal; and another draft article must be submitted for publication and the “acknowledgement of receipt” letter from an accredited journal must accompany the final submission of the thesis. The articles must be based on the research undertaken for the thesis.

Cost of Studying in South Africa, Living Costs, Tuition Fees For Study in South Africa:
The tuition fees vary from institution to institution. It is approximately R12 000 for undergraduate programs and for post graduate programs it is R22 000 for per year. 

The cost of living is approximately R 8000 per month which is inclusive of accommodation, food, utility bills and travel. However, this varies with lifestyle a student wishes to indulge in.
Student Visa South Africa, Requirements for Study in South Africa: Application Form, Process Procedure for Study in South Africa Visa-
Student Visa requirement:-

The student needs to have the following documents in place for obtaining a residence permit:

The application  form should be accompanied by:

  • A valid passport.(Validity that extends beyond the designated period of stay). 
  • A letter formally offering a place of study at the relevant institution. (Letter of acceptance)
  • Proof for showing financial ability to pay the tuition fees.
  • A medical certificate and proof medical insurance cover usable in South Africa.
  • A repatriation guarantee. Unless a South African sponsoring body, citizen or permanent resident provides a written undertaking as specified in the application form, the student  will be required to lodge a cash deposit or bank guarantee equivalent to the costs of transportation to the home country in case he or she  fails to comply with permit conditions. However, if the course is not longer than a year, or the candidate will be attending a religious institution, he or she will be exempt from this requirement, and only possession of  a valid return/onward ticket.
  • A written undertaking by the student that he or she will return to their country of residence/origin after completing studies in South Africa.
  • The relevant permit fee.

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 applicants' 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.
Upon submitting the application candidates are also required to submit a copy of their passport. Original passports would only be required for authentication. The embassy has the reserve right for asking any other authentication. Incomplete applications would not be accepted. Visa processing depends upon the nationality of the candidate. All regulations consular fees or services are subject to change without any prior notice.
Study in South Africa Scholarships, Scholarships for Studying in South Arica, Study in South Africa with Scholarship:
Scholarships:-There are scholarships offered by the following in South Africa:

University financial aid

If you have already enrolled at a university, or are considering doing so, their financial aid office should be your first stop. (See the list of university websites on the right.)
Most universities offer bursaries or grants to students that have excelled in their previous studies or on the sports field.

Check with your university's financial aid office whether you are eligible for any of these bursaries or awards, and make sure that you apply before the closing date.

National financial aid

  • If you are a South African citizen you may be eligible for a National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) loan for study at one of the country's public higher education institutions. The NSFAS, a statutory body funded by the Department of Education, provides study loans to academically able but financially needy students.
  • Much of an NSFAS loan can be converted into a bursary, which does not then need to be repaid, depending on one's academic progress. A 100% pass rate would result in a 40% bursary rebate on an NSFAS loan.
  • The size of the initial NSFAS loan ranges from R2 000 to R30 000. You should apply at your university's financial aid office. (See the list of university websites on the right.)

External bursaries

  • Many South African companies offer bursaries to promising students.
  • The terms of these bursaries vary tremendously. Contract bursaries require you to "pay back" the bursary by working at the company once you've completed your degree - giving you a job and work experience immediately after your graduation. Many mining and engineering companies, in particular, provide contract bursaries.
  • The Bursary Register, available at most high schools and at your university's financial aid office, will provide you with a full list of bursaries available in your particular field.

Student loans   

  • All of South Africa's major banks offer student loans, both to South Africans and to non-South Africans with valid study permits. Bank loans, unlike NSFAS loans, will also cover studies at a private institution.
  • When applying for a bank loan, you will have to show proof of registration at an educational institution. You'll also need somebody, such as a parent or guardian, to sign surety for you.
  • Although you will only need to start repaying your bank loan once you've completed your studies, you will need to keep up the interest payments throughout the term of the loan.




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