Student Visa

South Africa
Cost of Living
Talent Migration


If you are a foreign student and wish to study in South Africa you can apply for a study visa by completing Form BI-1738. Study visas for studies at a learning institution shall be issued other than a school shall be issued for the duration of course registered for. Study visas for learning institutions defined as a school shall be valid for the duration of the study: provided the duration shall not exceed eight years at a primary school and 6 years at a secondary school.

Application Process:

  • Study visas must be applied for at VFS Centre across the country near the educational institution you will be studying at or at the nearest South African embassy, mission or consulate abroad.


12 months



120 Month(s)





P. Residency

60 Month(s)


Processing time

4-6 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Student Visa?

8 Eligibility Requirements

  • You need a passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of intended visit.
  • You need to enroll in an educational institution, where you intend to study in South Africa.
  • You need proof of yellow fever vaccine, if required by the Act.
  • You need proof of financial means to cover envisaged living expenses during the sojourn in the Republic and to also pay for the tuition fees.
  • You need travel health insurance.
  • You should be of good character.
  • You should be in good health.
  • You need to pay visa fee.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Student Visa?

15 Document Required

  • Form BI-1738.
  • Original and copies of valid certificate.
  • Payment of the prescribed fee.
  • A vaccination certificate, if required by the Act.
  • Proof of financial means to cover envisaged living expenses during the sojourn in the Republic and to also pay for the tuition fees. This should be in the form of: Bank statements; Cash; or Travelers cheques.
  • Proof of medical cover.
  • A cash deposit equivalent to the value of a return ticket.
  • In the case of African students, an undertaking from the relevant government to take full responsibility of the student and to pay all costs, should it become necessary to deport the student.
  • Medical and radiology reports.
  • An unabridged birth certificate in the case of minors.
  • In the case of a minor, the particulars of the person in the Republic of South Africa who will act as the learner’s guardian and a letter from such person confirming guardianship.
  • Consent from both parents for your stay in South Africa, or from the parent who has sole custody, along with proof of sole custody.
  • An official letter from the educational institution, where you intend to study, confirming provisional acceptance and the duration of the course.
  • Proof of medical cover renewed annually for the period of study with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act.
  • If you are 18 years and older, a police clearance certificate from each country in which you resided for 12 months or longer since the age of 18 years is required. This should be submitted with the application.

Talent Migration data for South Africa

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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