Capital: Pretoria (administrative); Bloemfontein (judicial); Cape Town (legislative)
Area: 1,219,912 km ²
Languages: There are more than 11 official languages in SA; however, the most prevalent are English and the loc
Type of Government: Republic Independence: May 31, 1910GDP: $300,400 million (estimated from 2008) GDP – per capita (PPP): $10,000 (estimated from 2008)
Information for Foreign Students in South Africa Budgeting
From an economical perspective, South Africa is a great place to study because housing, food and transportation are all priced very reasonably. The average annual budget for a student varies from 24,000 ZAR ($3000US) to 32,000 ZAR ($4000US).
Obtaining a Visa Foreign students must obtain a Student Visa before arriving in South Africa; this can be acquired from the closest South African Embassy to the student's country of origin.
The enrollment fees for universities vary from $1,200-$2,000US depending on the institution and the program.
Housing and Meals
The average housing fee for a room is about 1,000 ZAR ($125US) per month. Meals are about 30-50 ZAR ($3.75-6.25US).
The higher education system in South Africa includes universities, which offer a classical academic curriculum, and technikons, which prepare students over 3 years for direct entry into working life and a professional diploma, called the National Diploma. All foreign students must pass the TOEFL with a score of 550 or more before enrollment in a South African university.