In today’s article, we are going to see the best low tuition Universities and Colleges in South Africa that is good for international students, the cost of living as an international student, admission requirements and how to apply for admission in South Africa’s best universities.
In recent times, Africa was not well known by international students as a good study abroad destination. But in the just concluded world universities’ ranking, many African universities have been featured. Most of these African universities in the world list are found in South Africa.
It might interest you to know that South Africa has made noticeable progress in developing a more democratic country, in which diversity has played an important role in its national identity. There are more than eleven official languages in South Africa. The country is popularly nicknamed the “rainbow nation” symbolizing its unique multicultural and racial attributes.
Tuition fees for international students in South Africa are quite cheap and affordable when compared to those in most developed countries. The standard of learning is high class despite the low fees. It is approximately $2,500 – $4,500 for undergraduate programs and $2,700 – $3,000 for postgraduate studies per academic year.
If you want to apply to any university in South Africa as an international student, you must have a valid study permit/permanent residency permit and have the medical aid covered before the application will be considered.
Apart from this, you should also have transcripts of your secondary/high school results, English language proficiency result if your course is in English language and an international passport.
It might interest you to know that the academic year in South Africa usually consists of two semesters. The first semester starts early February and the second semester by the end of July.
Cost of living
Similarly, the cost of living in South Africa is very low compared to most European nations. The average costs of living are in the range of 400 to 500 USD per month depending on the individual spending habit.
As an international student, this amount can take care of your accommodation, food, books and travel. This relatively low cost implies that international students would spend much less during their studies in South Africa than they would have in most developed countries.
How to apply
There are two ways of applying- through the internet or apply through admission agencies. The steps below are a guide for those who want to apply online:
- Go to the webpage of your chosen university and request for online application form.
- Fill the form correctly and upload any required documents.
- Forward your application to the admission department of the university.
- If your application is considered, you will be sent an offer letter by e-mail.
- Request for your visa pack from the university and start processing your visa.
List of Low Tuition Universities in South Africa
- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
- University of Cape Town
- University of Fort Hare
- North-West University
- Rhodes University
- Stellenbosch University