Universities in South Africa follow a two-semester calendar running from February to June and from July to December. International applications to South African universities are handled at the university level.

Apply directly to the university where you are applying; be sure take note of minimum entry requirements which may vary from university to university. You will need a valid study visa to study in South Africa. While no formal language tests are required for admissions, international students will need to show proficiency in English, Afrikaans or one of South Africa’s nine (nine!) other official languages.

While English is widely spoken in South Africa, some former Afrikaner universities still offer coursework primarily in Afrikaans. Make sure to inquire in advance about the teaching language at your prospective university. Attributed to an income gap handed down from apartheid, crime remains a very real problem in South Africa.

International students can be targets, so learn about common schemes perpetrated by criminals, stay vigilant at all times, and avoid exhibiting indications of wealth. With domestic student confidence levels at all-time highs and a continued government commitment to higher education, we can only expect to hear more from this emerging nation as an increasingly popular international study destination.

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