Study Visa

You must be in possession of a passport which is valid for at least one year. You need obtain a study visa from a South African Embassy, Consulate or High Commission in your home country, study visas can take 4-8 weeks to process and it is advisable to apply for study visa well in advance.

You need the following documents to apply for a study visa:

First Time Application:

  • A letter of acceptance from UKZN
  • A letter from the university in support of your study visa
  • The relevant application fee (this will depend on the Embassy in your country)
  • Proof of financial means
  • Proof of a South African medical health cover**
  • Proof of residence in South Africa
  • Yellow fever vaccination (if coming from / traveling through an endemic country)
  • A police clearance certificate (Not more than 12 months old)
  • Repatriation fee or a return ticket (Original proof of payment)

For more information, please consult the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in your country.

Upon arrival at UKZN, you will need to produce the following documents to the International Student Office in order to obtain a Certificate of Clearance for purpose of academic registration:

  • Passport
  • Study Visa and
  • Proof of a South African medical aid cover**(12 months)**
**Medical health cover, must cover you for at least ONE year or for the duration of your study that is listed on the International Relations website.**

Study Visa Requirements - Renewal (SADC and Non-SADC Students)
  • VFS (VISA Facilitation Service) - Agent appointed by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to facilitate the visa renewal process, Address as below:
  Visa Facilitation Services Global
Suite 3, Ground Floor
36 Silverton Road
Musgrave Road

  • Letter from College confirming student academic status
  • Proof of Medical health Cover
  • Police Clearance if previous one is more that 12 months old
  • Proof of Accommodation

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