South Africa is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world. Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offer a larger-than-life experience for the student in search of a truly unique and inspiring study experience.
Monash South Africa (MSA) is a safe and vibrant campus that allows students to become part of a global network. Our students’ skills and talents are recognised internationally and aid in opening new pathways and opportunities for them. At MSA you will interact with students from many parts of the world, as we have over 60 different nationalities represented on campus.
If you are enrolled at Monash University Australia or Monash Sunway Malaysia, you are already part of the Monash family and as long as your course map allows it, we would love to welcome you to MSA. You will need to contact your Study Abroad team at your home campus to kickstart the application process.
Opportunities for exchange to MSA are also available to students from other Monash University partners. If you study at one of our partner universities you can take advantage of our stream lined application processes, by contacting the Monash Australia Study Abroad team.
Living in South Africa at MSA will give you amazing life experiences, insights and add a rich multicultural depth to your study.
Under South African visa regulations, as an exchange student you must be enrolled full-time throughout your stay. A normal full-time load at Monash University is 24 credit points (four units/subjects), but 18 credit points (three units/subjects) is permitted. You can’t enrol in more than 24 credit points per semester.
That means you will have to enrol for a minimum of three units and a maximum of four when on semesterly exchange at MSA. Your home campus is responsible for enrolling you for the correct units, which need to be approved by both campuses. You should be enrolled before you leave for MSA.
Fee-paying international students
If you do not study at any of our partner universities, you are still welcome to study at MSA. We can help you design a study programme at MSA that fits within your current study plan at your home campus. In order to do so we would need information about the course map at your home campus, information about the units you would be taking at your home campus, and a contact person at your home campus to verify courses with. Please send us an email if you would like more advice.
We would need your home campus to give approval for you to come on exchange to MSA and you will be asked to pay fees directly to MSA.
Any student coming to MSA is required to stay on campus as part of the exchange agreement. You will be staying in Residences 1, 2, and 3. Upon acceptance of your offer you will be sent more information about the Residence procedures. A single room will automatically be reserved and allocated to you once you have accepted your offer. You will be billed for the accommodation as well as a linen pack that contains bedding and towels.
The South African currency is the rand. Depending on the partnership agreements we have with your university, you either continue paying your home campus fees to your home campus, or pay MSA’s fees directly to MSA.
As for living costs in the MSA area, this page is updated fairly regularly and gives an indication of everyday expenses as well as more general travel information.
In order to study in South Africa you need a study visa. Upon acceptance into the exchange programme you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment and an Undertaking Letter from MSA.
It is your own responsibility to organise a study visa before your departure to South Africa. You will apply at any South African high commission, consulate, or embassy in either your home country or the country you are currently residing in.
In the case of requiring an extension, you can apply for one from within South Africa.
Medical Aid information
You are required to be covered by a South African medical aid – which is health insurance – during the entire duration of your stay in South Africa. This is also one of the visa requirements, and without valid medical aid (not travel insurance) you will not receive a study visa. At MSA we recommend Momentum Health or Compcare Wellness. Each offers insurance solutions tailored to meet your individual needs and budget. Do not forget to mention that you are a student going on exchange to MSA.