South Africa Student Visa
Who requires a visa?
Nationals of the following countries may not require visas for stays of up to 90 days:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Ballwick of Guernsey, Belgium, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, N. Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malta, Isle of Mann, Netherlands, South Africa, Norway, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, St Helena, Sweden, Swaziland, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay and Venezuela.
It is highly recommended to contact the nearest Consulate for specific information on visa requirements that may be applicable to you.
What documents will be required?
A Confirmation of Acceptance by the educational institution concerned, as well as details regarding accommodation arrangements.
Proof of financial self-support
A return ticket
A doctor's medical statement
Medical health insurance
A letter of motivation setting out reasons why study at a South African educational institution is desired.
Time required to issue visa:
3 days to 10 weeks, depending on country of origin.
Contact the nearest Consulate for further information.
What is the cost of a visa?
US$0-150, depending on country of origin and length of stay.
Nationals of India, Zimbabwe and GAP students are exempt from visa fees.
How long is the visa valid for?
Holders of Visitors visas are not allowed to take up employment in South Africa. Unaccompanied children must hold written consent from their parents when travelling alone.
Embassy contact information:
Please contact the nearest South African embassy for information on what documentation you may require to enter South Africa.
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