Studying in the ‘Rainbow Nation’ comes at a manageable price and promises quality education. While studying in European, Australia, U.K or the USA might be heavy on your pocket, S.A is comparably affordable. Among the top 20 international student destination countries in the world is South Africa.
Why Studying in South Africa?
The Cosmopolitan nature of South Africa makes it a preferred destination for lots of students. The tuition fee varies from university to university and also the area of study (Course) as well as the location. On the average the cost of living ranges from 14000 Rand to 34000 Rand (approx. $1000 – $3000) per year.
You are eligible to work 20 hours a week on a part-time basis (although not during academic vacations), provided you have a valid Student Visa. With A formal offer to do practical training, a Consent from the educational institution and a Proof that you are still a registered student you can apply for permission from Home Affairs to work as part of your studies or to gain work experience.
Getting Around In The City
You can’t afford to study in SA and forget about its natural vibe, wildness, and hospitality. You can easily get around town on a Bus, a Trian or a Taxi at reasonable fares. While a local transport ticket in a bus would cost around 84 Cents, getting a monthly pass is worth $28
For a country that boasts of some great delicacies eating out can be an awesome experience. Students can indulge in food without reluctance as eating out here is pretty affordable.
As an International Student, you can rent your own accommodation at a price ranging from 4000 to 5000 Rand (approx. $350 -500) for a 1-2 Bedroom Hall and Kitchen (BHK) flat, and you can share the cost among your flatmates.Better still you can easily get accommodation in a university hostel.
Scholarships in South Africa:
If you are an exceptional student you can earn a scholarship to Study in South Africa. This is made possible in accordance with Educational Exchange Agreements between the South African Government and the Governments of other Countries, Organisations, and Education Institutions.
Visa Application Requirement
The fact that a prospective student has been accepted by a South African College or University does not guarantee that he or she will be issued a Study Permit unless he or she provides the under listed documents:
• Passport, which should be valid for at least 30 days more than the application period.
• Visa Fee (cash or bank-guaranteed cheque).
• An official letter from the College or University in South Africa confirming your acceptance and detailing the duration of the course.
• Proof of medical or health insurance cover that is registered or recognised in South Africa.
• A repatriation guarantee. Unless a South African sponsoring body, citizen, or permanent resident provides a written undertaking to support you, you will need to lodge a cash deposit equivalent to the value of a return ticket.
• A medical certificate and a radiological report (chest X-ray) or skin TB test.