5 Low Budget Universities in South Africa

Today, we have decided to come home to the black continent. A good number of individuals decide to study in Africa because of the benefits associated with studying and living there. One of the benefits is that some Universities and colleges have affordable programs. So today we will highlight 5 low tuition universities in South Africa, its tuition fees, cost of living, admission process and admission requirements.

South Africa is bordered by Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana and Swaziland as well as both Indian and Atlantic Oceans.


Tuition fees in South African Universities differ due to the different specialization and level of study. It usually ranges from R15,000 – R47,000.

Graduates and postgraduates courses usually cost more considering the university and course to be studied.


Cost of living in South Africa is affordable. Accommodation costs, food expenses, transportation bills and extra costs can be estimated to cost about $2700 – $3000 for an academic year.


Candidates can apply either through the internet or through admission agencies. Interested candidates via internet, the following steps should be followed:

  • Candidates should visit the web portal of the university they have chosen and make a request for an online application form.
  • Candidates should fill the form with the right the information and upload the necessary documents
  • Once done with the form, candidates should send it to the admission department of the university or send it to the address stated on the form
  • Once the candidates form has been considered he or she will be sent an offer by air mail or Email

After candidates have received the offer they should ask for a visa pack from the school so they can start processing their visa

At this point you are ready for your enrollment

Requirements for International Students

The requirement to enter the school and all the program you intend to run is also considered

  • Most universities in South African generally have an online application form which you are expected to fill before you can be enrolled in to the system.
  • For non-South African applicants it is important to note that they must meet the requirements of matriculation exemption. The matriculation exemption can be achieved by obtaining a secondary-school diploma with good marks and scoring well on any standardized tests offered in your home country.
  • It is also a must to prove your English language skills; this is because most South African universities conduct their courses in English. For students who are from a non-English speaking country, they are to prove their proficiency through a good score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
  • There is need for timely processing of your admission process this is because universities receive many applications throughout the year so it is important that you submit your application before deadlines and that you are submitting the correct documents to ensure favorable consideration and a fair chance of getting admitted.

Student Visa for South AFrica

Before one is qualified to get student visa to study in any institution in South Africa, such person must have been accepted in a registered school, college or university in south Africa and must have also received a letter of acceptance from the said institution ensuring the letter is written on the institutions letter head and duly signed.

Then such person is expected to complete a temporary residence permit application which should be done in your home country, then submit it in person in the south Africa country in your home country either to the consulate or high commission.

You are expected to submit the following documents;

  • A passport valid for at least 30 days after the end of your course, with two consecutive, clear pages left for entry and departure stamps.
  • Payment for the South African student visa application.
  • Two colour passport-sized photographs.
  • An official letter from the South African educational institution confirming the duration of your course, plus confirmation that it will inform the authorities if you fail to register, you are de-registered or expelled or when the course is completed or extended.
  • Proof of necessary finances to cover tuition fees and living costs for the duration of your stay, around ZAR 3,000 per month (bank statements, travelers’ cheques etc.) and a cash deposit to cover the cost of a return ticket.
  • Certificate of medical aid cover or health insurance recognized by the South African authorities, plus a letter confirming that it will be renewed every year for the duration of your stay. You may need to be sure your medical scheme is recognized by the South African Department of Home Affairs.  If you are a student and the dependent child of a parent holding a South African visa and medical insurance, you may be covered by your parent’s scheme. Occasionally, South African high commissions accept foreign medical aid and international insurance policies.
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate.
  • Medical and radiological reports from within last six month.
  • Information about where you will be living in South Africa.
  • A police clearance certificate for every country you’ve lived in for more than 12 months since the age of 18.
  • Birth certificates of dependent children.
  • Relevant certificates if married, widowed, divorced


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