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Republic of South Africa

Capital: Pretoria (Executive)
Located in southern africa

Higher Education in South Africa

There are 3 types of universities in South Africa;
Traditional Universities – which offer both theoretical and research oriented  degrees.
Universities of Technology – which offer vocational and professional diplomas & degrees.
Comprehensive Universities – which offer a combination of both theoretical and vocational diplomas & degrees. Universities in South Africa are autonomous and report to their own administration rather than to the South African government. There are both public and private education institutions in South Africa.
There are 25 public universities in South Africa including 11 traditional universities, 6 comprehensive universities and 8 universities of technology.

-ACADEMIC YEAR-
In South Africa, the academic year mostly runs from February to November. The academic year is divided into two semest.. more

There are 3 types of universities in South Africa;
Traditional Universities – which offer both theoretical and research oriented  degrees.
Universities of Technology – which offer vocational and professional diplomas & degrees.
Comprehensive Universities – which offer a combination of both theoretical and vocational diplomas & degrees. Universities in South Africa are autonomous and report to their own administration rather than to the South African government. There are both public and private education institutions in South Africa.
There are 25 public universities in South Africa including 11 traditional universities, 6 comprehensive universities and 8 universities of technology.

-ACADEMIC YEAR-
In South Africa, the academic year mostly runs from February to November. The academic year is divided into two semesters. The First semester runs from early February to mid June while the second semester runs from mid July to mid December. The closing date for normal applications to schools is in September and classes begin in February.

-GENERAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS-
For admission into an undergraduate degree, South African universities generally require you to present proof of completing one of the following requirements:
South African National Senior Certificate.
A Levels
International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.
A relevant senior secondary or high school certificate.
For admission into a postgraduate degree programme, a Bachelors, Honours or Masters degree from a recognised university is usually required.

-PROGRAMME DURATION-
*Higher Certificate: usually takes 1 year to complete.
*National Diploma: usually takes 2 years to complete.
*Bachelors Degree: usually takes 3 years to complete.
*Honours Degree (Bachelors with Honours): usually takes 4 years to complete. It is a bachelors degree plus an extra year of study.
*Masters Degree: Usually takes 1-2 years after an Honours degree.
*Doctorate Degree (PhD): usually takes 3-5 years after a masters degree.

-POST GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES-
A lot of big multinational corporations operate in South Africa and they also generally have their African headquarters located in South Africa. This means that there will be many opportunities for employment for graduates.
Promising sectors of the South African economy include Tourism, Mining, Information Technology, Automotive manufacturing and Financial Services.
The majority of jobs are concentrated in the major cities including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

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Schools / universities in South Africa

  • Stellenbosch (
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  • Johannesburg (
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  • Durban (
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  • Cape Town (
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  • Pretoria (
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  • About South Africa

    Overview:

    South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres of  coastline stretching along the Atlantic and Indian oceans. It is bounded to the North by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is also bounded to the east.. more

    South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres of  coastline stretching along the Atlantic and Indian oceans. It is bounded to the North by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is also bounded to the east and north-east by Mozambique and Swaziland.

    The country is nicknamed the “Rainbow Nation” and its motto ‘Unity in Diversity’ is in recognition to its unique multicultural character.

    The population is made up of 80,2% of blacks, 8.8% of coloured (multicultural), 8.4% of whites and 2.5% of asians.

    South Africa has a mixed economy, the second largest in Africa after Nigeria. It also has a relatively high GDP per capita compared to other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa ($13,591 at PPP as of 2018).
    South Africa is a popular tourist destination, and a substantial amount of revenue comes from tourism. Principal international trading partners of South Africa—besides other African countries—include Germany, the United States, China, Japan, the United Kingdom and Spain.
    Major sectors of the South African economy include tourism, manufacturing, mineral extraction or mining, agriculture and services.
    The JSE in Johannesburg is the largest stock exchange on the African continent.

    South Africa has a relatively dry climate and temperatures tend to be lower than in other African countries. Summer is in January and Winter is in July.
    You can experience cosmopolitan environments, quiet historic cities, mountains, deserts, safaris and world class beaches.
    There are also many museums like the Apartheid Museum located in Johannesburg.
    South African cuisine is heavily meat based.

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    Fees & Living Costs:

    -Tuition Fees-

    Academic fees generally vary widely from one degree programme to the other and from one university to another. Private education institutions are generally more expensive than the public ones. Tuition fees at public universities range from $1500 to $6000 (US). Students from mem.. more

    -Tuition Fees-

    Academic fees generally vary widely from one degree programme to the other and from one university to another. Private education institutions are generally more expensive than the public ones. Tuition fees at public universities range from $1500 to $6000 (US). Students from member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) pay the same tuition fee amount as South Africans while students from other African countries and the rest of the world pay higher fees at public universities.

    -Cost of Living-

    The cost of living in South Africa is not very expensive, however it’s higher than in other African countries. A loaf of bread costs about $0.75, a bottle of coca-cola costs about $0.70, a one way ticket on local transport costs about $0.80 and a cinema ticket costs about $4. Prepare an average of about $100 per month on food.

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    Student Visas:

    International Students are required to have a study permit (student visa) before they can enter into South Africa for studies. The application for a study permit must be made at the South African high commission, embassy or consulate in your country of residence.. more

    International Students are required to have a study permit (student visa) before they can enter into South Africa for studies. The application for a study permit must be made at the South African high commission, embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
    Requirements for a Study Permit
    *Official letter of admission from a South African university with details about the duration of the study programme.
    *Proof of payment of health insurance and a letter confirming that this payment will be renewed annually for the duration of your studies in South Africa. It must be South African health insurance.
    *Proof of sufficient funds for fees and living expenses.
    *Details of accommodation arrangements in South Africa.
    *A flight reservation or a return ticket to your country of origin.
    *A valid passport.
    *A police clearance certificate for the past 12 months or longer if you are over 18 years old.
    *Yellow fever certificate, if relevant.
    *Two colour passport-sized photographs.
    *Notarised copy of birth certificate.
    *Proof of payment of visa application fees.
    *Medical report from within last six months.

    Student visas for South Africa are valid for the duration of the course of study for which they are issued. Student visa holders can work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours per week and full time during academic vacations.

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    Interesting Facts:

    *The first human-to-human heart transplant was performed by cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard at Groote Schuur Hospital (located in Cape Town-South Africa) in December 1967.
    *South Africa is by far the world’s largest producer to strategic minerals. It produces 90% of the platinum, 80% of the manganese, 73% of the.. more

    *The first human-to-human heart transplant was performed by cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard at Groote Schuur Hospital (located in Cape Town-South Africa) in December 1967.
    *South Africa is by far the world’s largest producer to strategic minerals. It produces 90% of the platinum, 80% of the manganese, 73% of the chrome, 45% of the vanadium, and 41% of the gold.
    *South Africa has 11 official languages: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu.
    *South Africa has three capital cities: Pretoria is the Executive Capital, Cape Town the Legislative Capital and Bloemfontein the judicial Capital.
    *South Africa’s drinking water is rated 3rd best in the world for being “safe and ready to drink”
    *South Africa is the only country in the entire world that has voluntarily abandoned its nuclear weapons programme.

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