“The rainbow nation”
South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent; unique in the sense that if is marked by several distinct ecosystems. Since the 1990s, following the legislation to overturn decades of enforced racial segregation, South Africa has made significant progress in developing a more democratic society, in which diversity is celebrated as a central part of its national identity.
South Africa’s emerging higher education system gives its potential students more reasons to consider studying there. With living expenses that are considerably lower than those of the UK and USA, and with international exchange rates ensuring a good value for money, South Africa’s universities are becoming a popular choice among foreign students. An average of about R 8,000 (980 USD) per month can be a good estimate for students’ accommodation, food, bills, and travel costs. This low cost of living can mean that many students spend less during their studies in South Africa than they would in most other countries. As for tuition fees in South Africa, amounts vary depending on the school and education program selected by the student.
Nearly all of the institutions of higher education in South Africa have student support offices to help assist students in settling into their chosen education program. These offices provide aid to students in finding an accommodation that suits their needs the most. On-campus residential accommodation is offered at most universities in South Africa; otherwise, accommodation is often available within close proximity to the schools campuses.
If you study in South Africa at undergraduate level, it will usually take three years of full-time study to complete a bachelor’s degree, and one or two years to complete a master’s degree. The academic year is split into two semesters, the first begins from early February to early June, and the second from mid-July to late November.
South Africa is unrivalled when it comes to its terrain and abundance of wildlife. Studying in South Africa means you will really be able to enjoy the benefits of living in a place full of nature. It has incredible beaches for spending free time in the sun, as well as Safari rides, kayaking trips with crocodiles, rides on the back of an ostrich or lots of other exciting things to do which you might not be able to do back home!
Top 3 reasons to study in South Africa:
- With good exchange rates and cheap living costs, studying in South Africa won’t break your budget!
- South Africa’s emerging economy presents a unique perspective into the global marketplace.
- The diverse climate and landscapes offer endless opportunities for exploration in free time.
Did you know this about South Africa?
- It is the second largest exporter of fruit in the world.
- It has eleven official languages. Time to brush up on a few that you have been practicing!