Processing Time in South Africa for extension: 30-40 days
Processing Time if lodged abroad: 30 days
Government Fee in South Africa: R425
New Submission Centre Fee ( in SA ): R1350
Government Fee abroad: Dependent on Currency
All foreign students wanting to study in South Africa must apply for a South African Study Visa from the Department of Home Affairs. A Study Visa is also required for children who may be accompanying their parents to South Africa on temporary residence visas.
As long as it’s an approved institution by the Department of Education, a student can study at mostly any South African college, university, school, language school, or training centre.
If a student wishes to conduct research in South Africa or take an academic sabbatical, he or she must apply for an Extended Visitor’s Visa.
When applying for a study visa, you MUST wait to hear the outcome of the application BEFORE departing for South Africa. Acceptance at a South African learning institution DOES NOT mean the automatic granting of a Study Visa.
Additionally, one cannot enter South Africa with a Visitors’ Visa and then apply for a Study Visa. It’s important to also understand the basic requirements for entering South Africa under the Visiting South Africa section.