An international applicant is a person who is not a citizen or permanent
resident of South Africa. The higher education institutions of KwaZulu-
Natal welcome applications from international applicants for their formal
degree, diploma and certifi cate programmes. Some institutions also offer
the opportunity of study in South Africa for one semester or one year.
Durban University of Technology and the University of KwaZulu-Natal
cannot accept international applicants into their access programmes.
Where to send your application
If you are applying for short-term study
apply directly to the institution.
If you are applying to Durban University of
Technology, the University of Zululand or to
several institutions at the same time, apply
through the CAO.
If you are applying to either Mangosuthu
University of Technology or the University
of KwaZulu-Natal, apply directly to the
Applications to study Medicine at the
University of KwaZulu-Natal are considered
ONLY from citizens of the following SADC
countries: Botswana, Lesotho and Mauritius.
|Language skills necessary
The language of instruction at all these
institutions is English, and students need
to demonstrate profi ciency in English.
Deadlines for applications
International applicants should apply as
early as possible. You will need a letter
of acceptance from the higher education
institution before you can apply for your
Study Permit. The permit application will
take up to eight weeks to be processed.The University of KwaZulu-Natal will not
consider international applications received
after 31 October.
Apply to the South African Embassy, High
Commission, Consulate or Trade Offi ce for a
Study Permit once you have a letter from the
institution offering you a place. Acceptance
by an institution does not place any obligation
on the South African government to issue or
renew Study Permits. The permit currently
costs R425, and must be renewed annually.
This price will rise from 1 April 2008. Registered
refugees and asylum seekers and others with
Residence Permits allowing them to study do
not require Study Permits.
Institutions can advise on the fees charged
to international students and the cost of
living. All international students are required
by the South African government to take
out private healthcare insurance, which can
normally be arranged through the institution
you are attending. Make sure you are
insured for the whole period of study. You
will not get subsidised treatment in South
African government hospitals. If you are not
sponsored by a South African organisation
or citizen, you will have to deposit cash or
a bank guarantee equivalent to the airfare
to your country of origin. International
students do not normally qualify for fi nancial
assistance from South African institutions.
The following are considered to be equivalent
to the South African entry requirements:
Five passes in GCE including two at `A'
- `A' level passes must be A, B, C, D or E
- `O' level passes must be A, B or C
Applicants from SADC countries who have fi ve
passes at `O' level including English Language
may be considered for diploma study.
Passes in fi ve subjects, four of which must
be at HIGCSE level:
- HIGCSE passes must be 1, 2 or 3
- IGCSE passes must be A, B or C
Applicants who have foreign qualifi cations
and wish to enter degree programmes are
required to have passes in English Language
and one other language, and must usually
also have passed Maths. They should apply
for a `Foreign' or `Foreign Conditional'
Matric Exemption from the Matriculation
Board. Institutions will usually assist with
this, or you can consult the Matriculation
Board directly. There is a charge, currently
R260, for a certifi cate of exemption.
The Matriculation Board PO Box 3854, Pretoria, 0001
- 012 481 2847 / 2848
- 012 481 2718 / 2922
Those wishing to enter diploma programmes
may be required to have their qualifi cations
assessed to confi rm that they are equivalent
to the South African Senior Certifi cate. This
evaluation is carried out by SAQA (South
African Qualifi cations Authority).
If you need to telephone SAQA you must ask
for the Quality Assurance department. The
cost ranges from R360 to R720 depending
on the level of priority. Conditions are on the
SAQA Postnet Suite 248, Private Bag X06 Waterkloof, 0145
- 012 431 5000
- 012 431 5039
|Do NOT leave home before your Study
Permit is granted - you will not be
allowed to study on a Visitor's Permit.
You cannot apply for your first permit
after you arrive in South Africa.
People who are in South Africa for study
purposes are not eligible to apply for
South African citizenship.
|FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact the institutions/s direct - see
`Institution contact details', or use the hyperlinks on the
CAO website www.cao.ac.za