From the scenic heights of Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain to the rugged wilds of the dry Karoo, South Africa’s landscape is almost diverse as its population. Home to the largest economy in Africa, the country is an influential player in both continental and international politics. Stable and secure, it has a well-developed infrastructure that, well-tested by the demands of the 2010 World Cup, boasts all of the modern amenities and technologies international students have come to expect. Moreover, several of its universities – including, notably, the University of Cape Town – rank among the world’s top 500 universities. This, taken together with the unique ESL and English immersion experiences it offers thanks to that language’s prominent role in the country, make it a study abroad destination like no other.
If you are thinking about studying in South Africa, however, you will you need a student visa. Accordingly, here are a few commonly questions about applying for a student visa in South Africa:
In order to successfully complete that application, students must satisfy the requirements of acceptance, maintenance, insurance, repatriation.
The acceptance requirement, as outlined above, can be proved by including a letter that formally offers you a place of study at the relevant institution.
The maintenance requirement, on the other hand, requires that students supply evidence that they have sufficient fund to cover their tuition and living expenses for the duration of their studies in South Africa.
The insurance requirement , similarly, requires that student provide a formal certificate of good health and adequate insurance coverage that is applicable in South Africa.
The repatriation requirement refers to the guarantee – either by way of a South African sponsor or cash deposit – that the costs associated your return to your home country will be covered in the event that you fail to comply with your visa conditions. (Note: Many, including short-term students and those enrolled at religious institutions, are exempt from this requirement.)
For more information, check the Ministry of Home Affairs official application. The adventure of a lifetime is only a click away!