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South Africa. Information for international students

General Information About Living and Studying in South Africa

Foreigners wanting to study in South Africa will find good information at www.studysa.co.za.

South Africa at Wikipedia (a free, on-line, collaborative encyclopedia).

Costs and Funding of Study in South Africa

Sample tuition fees at University of the Witwatersrand

Visas and Permits for South Africa

International students are required to have study permits to study in the Republic of South Africa (RSA)
This includes students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Study permits are obtained from the South African Embassy/ High Commission or Consulate in your home country and will give you entry into South Africa for study purposes. Your study permit needs to be valid at all times and is currently issued for the duration of your study period. If you are currently studying at a South African High School or at another Tertiary Education Institution in South Africa, then please note that you too need to apply for a new study permit valid for UCT.

Good information about how to apply for a visa is found here

Disability Related Legislation in South Africa

The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000 (the Act) became fully operational in the second half of 2003. The Act prohibits unfair discrimination on any ground, including the 16 grounds explicitly listed in the 1996 Constitution (the Constitution). It also provides for the establishment of Equality Courts. These courts are unique in that they do not entail many of the legal formalities that ordinary people often find alienating and difficult to follow. The Act ensures easy access to these courts by providing for expansive rules on standing. Any person or institution acting on their own behalf or on behalf of someone else can lodge a case with an Equality Court.


Resources for Students in South Africa

Wits Disabled Students' Programme

Services provided for disabled people by national and provincial government departments (social security)

Disability Organisations in South Africa


South African Federal Council on Disability 

Deaf Federation of South Africa

Blind SA The objectives of BLIND SA are to promote the interests of all blind people

National Council for Persons with physical disabilities in South Africa

Association for the Physically Disabled

South African National Council for the Blind

Quadriplegic Association of South Africa (QASA)

Accommodation and Travel in South Africa

South Africa in the Lonely Planet World Guide

This entry changed: Wednesday 28th March 2018.