Study in South Africa: Tuition Fees, Cost of Living, Admission Requirements & List of Universities


South Africa as the name connotes is an African country at the southernmost part of the continent. It is a tourist attraction because of her vast safari destination populated by wildlife, her famous beaches and wine lands. It has a population of about fifty- five million and has three capitals; Pretoria, Cape Town and Bloemfontein for various purposes although her largest city is Johannesburg. Some ofher neighbouring countries are Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Namibia and Lesotho. It is a great choice for higher education for people who want an advanced standard but can’t afford U. S.A, UK, and Canada amongst others. The currency used in South Africa is called “Rands”.

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The cost of studying in South Africa ranges from R95,000 to R178,000 for courses in the medical field and at least R70,000 as standard course fee plus a specific international student fee of R35,000.These rounds up to a total minimum of R110, 000 a year for a Bachelor’s degree student. A Maters degree student on the other hand would be looking to pay about 94,000R


The cost of living in South Africa is lower than most developed countries so this shouldn’t be a worry if South Africa is a prospective education site for you. Below are specifics you need to know about basic groceries and accommodation;

Milk- 10.00R

Bread (500g)-9.38R

Eggs (12) – 18.00R

Chicken (1kg) – 48.00R

Rice (1kg) – 16.00R

Gasoline (1Ltr) – 10.00- 12.00R

Bus tickets- 8.80- 15.00R

1 Bedroom Apartment (in city) – 3,000- 6,000R

1 Bedroom Apartment (out city) – 2,500- 4,500R

Basics (electricity, gas, water, garbage)- 700- 1500R

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Basic admission requirement for undergraduates include;

  • Age minimum of 16 years
  • Must possess a valid international passport
  • Must have a minimum of 5 credits (including English Language) in WAEC, GCE, NECO,O’LEVEL, A’LEVEL or certificate of foreign result evaluation (SAQA, SISA).
  • Should have a certified approval from the matriculation board of the South African universities.
  • Must a certified copy of their available qualifications.
  • Should have a student embassy obtained from a South African Embassy.

International students may also have to undergo certain examinations or qualify for exemption via AEB or Cambridge exams if they have two A’level and three O’level passes or an equivalent. Specific requirements depend on the course you wish to study and the university chosen.


English language is used in classes in top universities in South Africa. Before admission, you must supply evidence of the International English language testing system (IELTS) OR Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) in accordance with the university’s minimum.

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September is the major take-in period for students in South Africa. Most schools in South Africa adopt this month as the beginning of a new academic session. By April-May, international prospective students are required to visit the south African embassy in their respective countriesto start processing visas.

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Some of the universities you might want to check out in South Africa are;

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of the Witwatersand
  • StellenBosch University
  • University of Pretoria
  • Rhodes University
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Kwazulu- Natal
  • University of the Free State
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • University of Limpopo
  • University of the Western Cape
  • University of Venda
  • University of Fort Hare
  • Vista University
  • Helderberg College
  • CityVarsity School of Media and Creative Arts
  • Sol Plaatje University
  • University of Durban-Westville
  • Lyceum College
  • Central Johannesburg College
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • University of ZuluLand
  • Cape Peninsula University of technology
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Mpumalanga university
  • Vaal University of Technology
  • Cornerstone Institute
  • AFDA, The South African School of Motion Picture, Medium and Live Performance
  • Centurion Akademie/Academy
  • AkademieReformatorieseOpleidingen Studies
  • CTI Education Group
  • Boston City Campus and Business College
  • Damelin
  • IMM Graduate School of Marketing
  • Inscape Design College
  • Milpark Business School
  • Management of college of Southern Africa
  • Monash South Africa
  • Qualitas Career Academy
  • Red& Yellow School
  • New World Mission Dunamis International University
  • Rosebank College
  • South African Institute of Applied Psychology
  • South African Institute or Heritage Science and Conservation
  • Southern Business School
  • Midrand Graduate Institute
  • Stenden University
  • St Augustine College of South Africa
  • The Open Window School of Visual Communication
  • Varsity College
  • AfrikaanseProtestantseAkademie
  • Auckland Park Theological Seminary
  • Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa
  • DoxaDeo School of Divinity
  • George Whitefield College
  • South African Theological Seminary

The public universities in South Africa are divided into three major groups; the universities of technology, the traditional universities and the comprehensive universities. They all offer courses ranging from academic to vocations. In South Africa, most courses expect clinical and others of more intensive focus take about three years of study separated into two semesters per academic session. Students also have the opportunity of taking their bachelors degree after three years or staying for an extra year to receive their honors certificate. South Africa takes pride in been a land of diversity as there are different races and cultures, this has brought about a multicultural and accepting community for international students.


Different universities have their respective mode of application depending on the study program, visit the website of any university of your choice today to find out.




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  1. Am from Cameroon …interested to study mining or petroleum geology in south Africa masters level……..I really wish for direction….

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