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Since around 2004, the number of international students heading to South Africa has skyrocketed. Affordable fees, a low cost of living and a chance to experience one of the world’s most fascinating cultures have been huge drawers for foreign students.
If you are considering studying in South African, get grips with students visas with our guide below.
If you are coming to South Africa to study from any other country you will need a study visa. Without a study visa you will not be able to enrol at your educational facility and start your course. All foreigners must apply for a South African study visa before entering the country. Therefore, you cannot apply for a student visa whilst in South Africa on a visitor visa.
Check out the criteria below to ensure your application will be successful:
Before you apply for a study visa in South Africa you will need a confirmation of enrolment (COE) from the facility at which you are studying. This will accompany your visa application.
Every student wishing to study in South Africa will need to apply for a study visa in their home country. You will need to contact your nearest South African Embassy, Consulate or High Commission to ask for application forms and procedures.
For students from the UK, you will require guidance from the High Commission of South Africa (London).
You should apply for your study visa as soon as you receive a conditional acceptance letter from where you will be studying.
Be aware that your South African visa will take about six to eight weeks to process.
Make sure you know how much your visa application will cost and the accepted payment methods.
Always submit your visa application in person will all of the required documents stated in the application form. Make sure you have photocopies of all the documents.
Do not contact your South African embassy until the visa application has passed the turnaround time.
Study elsewhere? Check out our other student visa guides below:
An Expat Student Guide to UK Visas
An Expat Student Guide to Canadian Visas
An Expat Student Guide to French Visas
An Expat Student Guide to Australian Visas
An Expat Student Guide to US Visas
An Expat Student Guide to Chinese Visas
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