Why should I study in South Africa?

How to study in South Africa?

The nine provinces of South Africa also have their own education departments, which implement both national and local policies. If you study in South Africa, it will usually take three years of full-time study to complete a bachelor's degree, and one or two years to complete a master's degree.

South Africa’s Higher Education System in International Comparison

In this section, we highlight the overall performance of South African universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The table below shows the national breakdown of South African universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), versus below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the country’s strengths and areas for improvement.

It becomes apparent that in general South Africa's higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s regional engagement and international orientation dimensions.

National performance: South Africa

Percent of all Universities 100% 80% 60% 40% < below Average above > 40% 60% 80% 100% Teaching & Learning 57% 14% Research 37% 37% Knowledge Transfer 85% 8% International Orientation 50% 50% Regional Engagement 57% 29%

How much does it cost to study in South Africa?

Other international Masters students can expect tuition fees to range from R25,000 to R70,000 (USD $1,750-4,900), depending on the university and programme. Some MBAs and specialised postgraduate courses can cost up to R410,000 (USD $28,720)

How to get a Stipend/Scholarship in South Africa?

No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in South Africa. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.

Do I need a Student Visa for South Africa?

As a foreign student and in South Africa it is possible to apply for a study visa by completing Form BI-1738. Study visas must be applied for at a VFS Centre. VFS Centres can be found across the country near the respective enrolled educational institution, or at the nearest South African embassy, mission or consulate abroad.

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