If you are coming to South Africa from another country to study, you will need a study visa.
Without a visa, you will be unable to enrol or begin your studies. The Department of Home Affairs in South Africa requires all international students studying at MSA to be in possession of a valid study visa.
Having the correct study visa is very important. Students who are in possession of a travel or visitor visa will not be allowed to take up studies at MSA.
You will also not be able to apply for a study visa in South Africa if you entered on a visitor visa, but will have to go back to your home country to apply for a South African study visa.
Applying for your visa is a two-step process.
Once processed, your COE will be emailed to you using the details you provided on your form. Now you can apply for your visa.
All new applications will need to be done in your home country. Contact your nearest South African Embassy/Consulate/High Commission to ask for application forms and procedures.
Study visas must be renewed or extended 60 days prior to expiration. Renewals and extensions can be done in South Africa using a company called VFS Global offices. Their physical addresses are:
If you have a valid study visa, you are allowed to work part-time for not more than 20 hours a week (although not during academic vacations).
If you plan to work as part of fulfilling your degree requirements or to get work experience, you will need to apply for permission from VFS Global and include:
You have to apply for an endorsement to allow you to study part-time. We advise that you contact VFS Global for guidance and assistance.
A student who has an expired study visa is in violation of the South African Immigration Act and can be barred from entering South Africa for a minimum of 12 months and maximum of up to five years depending on the length of overstay, as well as the number of times you have committed this offence.
If your study visa has expired, you are in violation with the South Africa Immigrations Act and you are residing illegally in South Africa. You should contact the nearest South African Home Affairs office immediately for guidance and assistance.
Department of Home Affairs Toll Free Hotline: 0800 60 11 90
VFS Global Call Centre: (012) 425 3000