Study in Cape Town

Study in Cape Town

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Study in Cape Town

Study in Cape Town

There are a growing number of foreign students choosing Cape Town as a study destination. One of the reasons is that Cape Town offers the opportunity for students to advance their education at a reasonable price while at the same time experiencing what Cape Town and South Africa have to offer. When you’re looking for the ideal ‘study abroad’ destination, there are two factors that are pivotal; the first being the quality of education and the second being the cost of study.  The cost of study in a city like Cape Town will generally be cheaper than in “first world” countries because of the relative exchange rate. What attracts students to Cape Town is the cost of study and accommodation when compared to study destinations which price their programmes in dollars, pounds or euros.  The quality of universities in Cape Town and its surrounds is high when benchmarked against international study destinations. According to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking of the top universities around the world, two of the prominent universities in Cape Town and its surrounds are ranked as follows:

University of Cape Town 

Stellenbosch University 

Another popular destination for study in Cape Town is the University of the Western Cape ranked 7th in Africa and 1011 in the world according to webometrics. The fourth major public educational institution in Cape Town is the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) which has a reputation for excellence in specific faculties. CPUT houses one of the largest design faculties in the country, including one of the only two industrial design programmes. Disciplines include fashion, surface design, interior design, multimedia and architectural technology.

A growing number of students are undergraduate and post-graduate degrees at this institutions. In addition, there are a number of ‘semester study abroad” programmes on offer to students wanting a short stay and experience of study in Cape Town. One of the most popular is the semester study abroad programme (SSA) offered by the UCT faculties of Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Humanities, Law and Science. The programme is designed for international students who wish to spend one or two semesters at UCT, taking (mostly) undergraduate courses for the purpose of transferring credit, on completion, to their home institution. For more information visit, www.iapo.uct.ac.za.

University International Offices

University of Cape Town 

University of Stellenbosch

University of the Western Cape 

Cape Peninsula University of Technology 

Specialist Schools

Cape Town is becoming formally recognised as a creative hub in the world and is home to many of South Africa’s artists, performers and chefs. The City was nominated as the World Design Capital for 2014, a title bestowed upon a city biennially by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. Cape Town is the design capital of South Africa with key design calendar events like Design Indaba, the Loeries and the country’s leading fashion week. As a result an increasing number of students are drawn to Cape Town to study at specialist boutique colleges offering specific courses in the visual and performing arts, including film, animation and cookery. 

Performing Arts:

UCT’s Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) 

Waterfront Theatre School

Stagecoach Theatre Art School      

Performing Arts Academy     

Film Acting Academy    

AFDA 

The Centre for Creative Education  

Cape Dance Company  

City Varsity 

Art, Design and Animation:

SAE 

Friends of Design                                 

The Animation School 

CPUT 

College of Cape Town 

Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT) 

Red and Yellow      

Frank Joubert Art Centre 

Ruth Prowse School of Art            

The Cape Town Creative Academy 

Cape Town School of Photography                          

City Varsity 

College of Cape Town

Hotel and Cookery schools:

Many of the country's top chefs are based in Cape Town and many restaurants in the city and in the nearby towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and surrounds are repeatedly voted the top in the country in various awards.

Capsicum Culinary Studio      

Cape Town Hotel School       

The Private Hotel School       

NQtac Cape (Pty) Ltd   

The Hurst  

Silwood School of Cookery    

South African Chefs Academy   

College of Cape Town  

English language schools

Cape Town is a popular destination for foreign students wanting to study English.  There are over 10 language schools which cater for foreign students. Most of these institutions provide a combination of teaching and hosting while at the same time providing students with the opportunity to learn about the different communities and cultures. EduSA (www.edusouthafrica.com; +27 (0)21 419 0494) is a South African association for language centres.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the different types of study differ between institutions, but in general the following applies: To study towards a bachelor’s degree you will need a completed secondary school education with adequate results. To study towards a masters degree you will need to have completed a bachelor degree or equivalent. A doctorate will require at least a masters degree in your chosen field of research.

Undergraduates: If you want to study for a South African degree, then you must apply for a South African Matriculation Board Exemption.  The Board is a statutory body which evaluates foreign school leaving certificates for endorsement for admission to South African universities.

How to apply for a Matriculation Exemption:

Complete an application form which can be obtained from the Matriculation Board website, http://www.hesa-enrol.ac.za/mb/. Then submit the Matriculation Exemption application fee payable to the Matriculation Board along with certified copies of your original education certificates. The Matriculation Board only accepts certified copies of original documents if they are certified by the Registrar of a South African university, a South African Embassy or Consulate, a Public Notary, or a Commissioner of Oaths at a South African Trade Mission.  Documents not in English need to be translated by a sworn translator.

Cost of Study

It is not just the cost of tuition fees which need to be considered, but also the cost of rent and transport. In order to study in Cape Town you will have to pay tuition fees. Each institution in Cape Town sets its own tuition fees, therefore the fees you will need to pay will depend on your chosen institution, subject and your level of study.

Most international students must pay foreign student fees at Cape Town universities. Under certain conditions however, international students can be exempt from paying foreign student fees because they are classed as domestic students (one example of such a category of students are international students enrolled in PhD programmes). Students from SADEC countries also pay local student fees.

Not just the cost of tuition fees, but also how much things like rent and transport will cost you. In order to study in Cape Town you will have to pay tuition fees. Each institution in Cape Town sets its own tuition fees, therefore the fees you will need to pay will depend on your chosen institution, subject and your level of study.

Most international students must pay foreign student fees at Cape Town universities. Under certain conditions however, international students can be exempt from paying foreign student fees because they are classed as domestic students (one example of such a category of students are international students enrolled in PhD programmes). Students from SADEC countries also pay local student fees.

How much does it cost to Study?

When you’re looking for that perfect study abroad destination, there is one factor that is often pivotal to whether or not you can study there; the cost. 

Cape Peninsula University of Technology Fees

University of Cape Town Fees

University of Stellenbosch Fees

University of Western Cape fees

An undergraduate degree generally costs between R60 000 and R130 000 per year. Postgraduate studies can cost between R50 000 and R 140000. Costs largely depend on your chosen subject. For example, most undergraduate studies, such as arts, humanities, social sciences, management or engineering cost between R60 000 and R120 000 per year whilst science and technology studies generally cost between R70 000 and R 150 000 per year.

Additional costs when studying in Cape Town may include Student Health Cover charges which you need to budget for. International fees apply only to public (government) study institutions and do not include those citizens of Southern African Development Corporation (SADEC) countries.

Cost of Living in Cape Town

The cost of living in Cape Town will mostly depend on your location and can vary between R70 000 and R120 000 per year. This will also depend on your lifestyle and your selected accommodation option. You can choose between various options while studying in Cape Town: Private accommodation is approximately R8000 per month.  

Living expenses vary greatly between different universities and locations. Therefore, it’s important to do your research with regard to fees and costs in your chosen location. This may be a deciding factor so it’s important to get all the relevant info as soon as possible. It’s also good to have at least two options so that you can choose the one that is best for you.

SADEC Countries

An applicant who has passed the first year of a four-year degree in a country such as Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia and Kenya must apply for a foreign conditional exemption. Candidates who have written the ‘O’ levels are not eligible for admission to a South African university. Faculty requirements vary and are usually stated on this website but can also be obtained from the faculty officer. An applicant who has completed the first year of a four-year degree in a country such as Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia and Kenya must apply for a foreign conditional exemption.

International fees apply only to public (government) study institutions and do not include those citizens of Southern African Development Corporation (SADEC) countries. SADEC countries include: Angola, Botswana, Congo (DR), Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. For all other students studying at public institutions, an international term fee is levied in addition to the course fees. Non-SADEC students are thus required to pay an international term fee plus their course fees. Fees are levied annually.

National Benchmark Tests (NBT's) The National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) are competed by all first year students as a supplement to secondary school reports on learning achieved in Literacy and Mathematics.  Both are administered under standardized testing conditions at sites across South Africa and at specific international test centres. The results are also used by universities in course development, programme planning and placement decisions. To find a test centre in Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana Zambia and Zimbabwe visit the NBT website, nbt.uct.ac.za. Students living in an a remote area or in another country can register as a remote writer by mailing, nbtremote@uct.ac.za

Scholarships and Bursaries

To help your financial situation while studying in Cape Town you may apply for various scholarships. There are a wide variety of scholarships available to international students provided by educational institutions, private sources and foreign governments. Most public tertiary institutions offer scholarships to international masters and PhD students. Applications can be made through the faculty office. These scholarships can considerably reduce the international term fee component. Read more about bursaries and international scholarships by visiting, www.gostudynet/bursaries. For more on bursaries and scholarships for African students visit,

 Visa requirements

All people who wish to study abroad in Cape Town will need a student visa. The only exception applies to SADEC citizens who can study in Cape Town without a visa. All other international students will have to acquire a student visa. Regardless of what it is you aim to study, and for how long, moving abroad to study is always going to take a little more preparation and forethought than studying at home.

It is advisable to start preparing approximately a year in advance to secure a student visa. Apply to the study institutions of your choice. Visa requirements vary for each parent country. Each student should take care to apply in advance through the Embassy or Consulate of that country in the student's home country or nearest neighbouring country.

Your student visa will state how long you can stay in the country, whether you can work while studying, who is listed as your dependent, and more. In order to get your student visa, you need to officially apply for it and pay a student visa application fee. If you are already in Cape Town when applying for your student visa, you will need to go through the regular application process. In some cases you might be able to process your student visa directly on campus.

Contact SAvisas.com for assistance with your South African study visa

Where to stay

Living arrangements during study at the tertiary level can usually be organized through the university, college or institute. Most institutions have housing departments that can help you with allocation to university housing or off campus living. In many cases, international students are guaranteed a place in a university hall of residence during the first year, and in some cases throughout their period of study.

It is common, especially during the first years of study, to live in accommodation provided by the university. There are usually catered or self catering halls of residence to choose from depending on your preference and budget. 

How much does it cost to Study at University in South Africa? 

Cape Peninsula University of Technology Fees

University of Cape Town Fees

University of South Africa Fees

University of Stellenbosch Fees

University of Western Cape fees

References

http://www.webometrics.info/en/Ranking_africa

https://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings

www.ltc-capetown.com

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