South Africa is emerging as one of the world’s most exciting study destinations. This is demonstrated in the rapidly increasing number of international students. Because of international exchange rates, South Africa offers real educational value for money.
Regenesys is one of the few international business schools that operate in multiple emerging markets. A student will get a 1st world education and know how to apply same in a practical way in a emerging markets setting.
South Africa is well known as a tourist destination – but it is also has a well developed economy, vibrant educational system and is a springboard into Africa. Many companies are investing in South Africa and this creates the need for skilled labour forces.
Regenesys is accredited with the Council for Higher Education (Registration number 2000/HE07/0023) and a student’s qualifications are recorded with the South African Qualifications Authority. Regenesys is the issuing authority of the degree and is subject to South African qualification standards which are very rigorous.
The South African Qualifications authority (SAQA) ensures that South African qualifications are recognised and compatible with major systems including the UK and other standards.
Regenesys is a member of AACSB (USA) and have started working towards accreditation with AMBA and EQUIS. Accreditations with these institutions are long term processes that will enhance the recognition of Regenesys learning programmes.
Regenesys is ISO accredited and one of very few higher education institutions that carry this prestigious international quality recognition.
Regenesys programmes are recognised in 185 countries and well accepted by employers.
The following website provides a useful calculation tool to be used in establishing the cost of living in South Africa. As each individual may have a different set of questions regarding their personal circumstances we encourage them to make use of this site.
And it is always prudent to have both an emergency provision and to allow for other expenses that may be based on your preferences and specific lifestyle.
If you have a valid study permit, you are allowed to work part-time for no more than 20 hours a week (although not during academic vacations).
Typical employment rates for full time positions are
Part time positions would typically be similar to this and paid monthly.
The first step in the process is to apply for and be granted a study permit for South Africa.
Studying in SA: study permits
If you are an international student considering enrolling at a South African educational institution the following information on study permit requirements application procedures, and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions is provided below.
Note: This information is meant to serve as a guide only. Requirements for studying in South Africa are subject to change, and each application is treated as an individual case. Always make enquiries before travelling to South Africa.
Where can I find out about study permits?
You should make enquiries at your nearest South African office abroad (ref to Annexure A (India) and Annexure B (Nigeria)
Postal address: The South African Department of Home Affairs
Sub directorate: Temporary Residence
Private Bag X114
Contact centre: 0800 601 190 (inside SA) or +27 (11) 461-9252 (abroad)
Info and enquiries on the Internet for study permits
Make the South African Department of Home Affairs’ information on applying for temporary residency your first place you search for on the internet.
Who needs a study permit?
All international students intending to study in South Africa – whether at a primary, secondary, or tertiary educational institution – must first apply for and be granted a study permit. A South African educational institution cannot register an international student until a valid study permit has been issued.
If someone in your family is taking up a job in South Africa and you plan to attend school or another educational institution, you also need to apply for a study permit.
Apply for your study permit before you leave your country of origin
Apply for your study permit, and await the outcome of your application, before leaving for South Africa. The fact that you have been accepted by a South African educational institution does not guarantee that you will be issued with a study permit. And you cannot enter South Africa on a visitor’s visa and then apply for a study permit.
Can I get a visitor’s visa and convert it to a study permit
How to apply for your study permit
Once you have received conditional acceptance from the South African educational institution you want to attend, complete a study permit application and submit it to your nearest South African office abroad. Refer to Annexure A (India) and Annexure B (Nigeria)
Your application must be accompanied by:
Make sure you’ve keep copies of your application forms and all the supporting documents and that you can produce this if required both at home and while travelling.
Permit application forms
You’ll need to complete BI-1738. Only original forms will be accepted. You can print these forms but must submit originals.
You will also need your physician to complete two medical forms.
These are available from your agent, or on the internet, or from the embassy. You do not have to go to the embassy to get the forms.
How long does it take?
It usually takes around six weeks for a study permit to be processed. It’s a good idea to make your application as early as possible. If you are applying for a renewal, you should do so at least 30 days before the expiry date of your original visa.
When should I renew my study permit?
Study permits are generally valid for the duration of the course for which they were granted, or for three years for school and two years for other institutions. Depending on what your original visa stipulates, you may have to apply for a new permit if you plan to change your course of study or institution.
If I am here on a study permit, can I work?
If you have a valid study permit, you are allowed to work part-time for no more than 20 hours a week (although not during academic vacations).
If you plan to work as part of your studies or to get work experience, you will need to apply for permission from Home Affairs and include:
Source: SAinfo reporter and the Department of Home Affairs
Reviewed: March 2014
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Regenesys evaluates the acceptability of foreign qualifications through the relevant structures set up by its Senate.
Do not complete the SAQA process for equivalence of qualifications. If you need a letter – please contact your agent or local office that will assist with ascertaining if your qualification will be accepted by Regenesys admission.
Your study permit is your visa. If you or your parents or spouse or any other person needs to come to South Africa for any other purpose than studying then you will need a visa. Your study permit serves as a temporary residence permit.
The first step for a student is to apply for and be granted a study permit for South Africa.
Refer to Study Permit and Visa Requirements responses under other frequently asked questions in this document
Any other person needs to apply for a visa.
The basic requirements for entering South Africa, as well as links to full information on visas – what they are, who needs them, and when, where and how to apply for them follows below.
Note: Requirements for entry into South Africa differ from country to country, and are subject to change. Always make enquiries before travelling to South Africa.
What is a visa?
South Africa has the right to decide who may and may not enter its territory. A visa ensures that you have been properly screened before entering the country, and gives immigration officials the information they need to ensure you are admitted to South Africa for the correct purpose and length of time.
A visa doesn’t guarantee you entry to the country – it only allows you to travel to a South African port of entry, where an immigration officer will check that you satisfy the basic requirements for entry into the country.
What are the requirements for entering South Africa?
You will need:
Do I need a visa to visit South Africa?
Depending on your nationality, and the purpose and duration of your visit, you may not need a visa to visit South Africa.
Where can I make enquiries about visas?
See the Department of Home Affairs’ website at www.dha.gov.za.
Check the list of Annexure A and B for information on where to apply in your own country.
Home Affairs’ contact centre: +27 11 461 9252 (overseas callers), 0800 60 11 90 (within SA), firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I go about getting a visa?
The Department of Home Affairs’ website will give you the lowdown on visa costs, processing time, where to apply, what to submit, requirements for people in transit, as well as information relating to your duration and purpose of stay, medical visas, and photographs.
Applying for a South African Visa
General information about South African Visas
Visitors’ visas are for international travellers (citizens of other countries) who have permanent residence outside South Africa and who wish to visit the country on a temporary basis for tourism or business purposes for a period of 90 days or less.
A visa simply indicates that your application has been reviewed at a South African embassy, mission or consulate and that the consular officer has determined you are eligible to enter the country for a specific purpose.
The visa will allow you to travel to a South African port of entry where an immigration official will then determine if you are allowed to enter South Africa and for how long you can stay for that particular visit. Visitors are restricted to the activity or reason for which their visas were issued.
On entry to South Africa, a visa is considered to be a visitor’s permit. The permit’s period of validity is calculated from the date of entry into the country and will be set out under the heading “conditions” on the visa label. You must ensure that you apply for the correct visa/permit. Entry in the country may be refused if the purpose of visit was not correctly stated.
Requirements for visitor’s visas differ from country to country (Refer to Annuxure C to see which countries are currently exempt), and the requirements are subject to change. As each application is treated as an individual case and you should make enquiries with your nearest South African mission or consulate abroad or any office of the Department of Home Affairs to see whether or not you are required to apply for a visa.
Remember that there is a fee charged for issuing a visa, and you should check the cost with the office as well as this is updated annually. The fee is payable in different currencies in different countries.
Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry, and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board. If you arrive without a visa, immigration officials are obliged to put you onto a flight back to your home country.
Foreigners with long term status (work permits/permit residence) in the neighbouring countries who transit the Republic to return to their employment or residence are not subject to the transit visa, provided they are in possession of proof of their status.
South African visitors’ visas may be granted for:
Documents required to apply for a visa
Remember, you do not have to submit your visa application in person. You can ask anyone else (such as a travel agent or courier services or another family member) to submit the application on your behalf.
Requirements for entering South Africa
You will need the following if you wish to visit South Africa:
Note: You are required to fill in an original visa application form. Forms downloaded off the Internet will not be accepted.
What’s the difference between a visa and a temporary residence permit?
A visa allows you to travel to a South African port of entry. A temporary residence permit will be issued to you at the port of entry. It replaces your visa, and sets the duration and purpose of your stay in South Africa.
Types of temporary residence permits
Work permits are issued only to foreigners where South African citizens with the relevant skills are not available for appointment. These permits are open-ended and applications must be made at any regional office of the Department of Home Affairs or nearest South African embassy, mission or consulate abroad.
If you are a foreign student and wish to study in South Africa you can apply for a Student Permit by completing Form BI-1738. Study permits must be applied for at any regional office of the Department of Home Affairs near the educational institution you will be studying at or at the nearest South African embassy, mission or consulate abroad.
Study permits are valid for the duration of the course for which they are issued, alternatively 36 months for school and 24 months for other institutions.
The following documents must be submitted with the BI-1738 application form:
As a holder of a study permit you may also apply for permission to work for the purposes of getting work experience, as part of your studies to obtain a diploma or degree by submitting:
The Department’s consent to get practical training as part of your studies is issued free of charge provided that you are a registered student and that your study permit remains valid for the entire duration of the training period.
Alternatively, as a foreigner studying at a higher educational institution with a valid study permit, you may work part-time for no more than 20 hours per week. However, you may not work during academic vacations.
The overriding consideration in processing applications for study permits are that:
As an immediate family member of a South African citizen or permanent resident you may be issued a relative’s permit once the financial means as contemplated in the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002) have been complied with. Relative’s permits are valid for a minimum period of 24 months and may be extended.
Applications must be made at any regional office of the Department of Home Affairs or nearest South African embassy, mission or consulate abroad. For a spouse and/or a dependent child of a South African citizen or permanent resident the permit is issued free of charge, whilst there is a fee for other relatives wishing to join their family members in South Africa.
To apply for a relative’s permit you must submit:
Where can I get the forms
Temporary Residence Forms
|Application for temporary residence permit||BI-1738||http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/forms/bi1738.pdf|
|Affidavit in respect of Parties to a Permanent Spousal Relationship||BI-1712A||http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/forms/bi1712a.pdf|
|Affidavit by Life Partners||Annexure B & C||http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/forms/affidavit%20by%20life%20partners.pdf|
What if I want to stay in South Africa for longer?
It is best to request the full duration of your intended visit when you first arrive, as extensions are subject to additional fees. If you wish to extend your stay further, you must keep your temporary residence permit valid by applying for an extension at your nearest Home Affairs customer service centre in South Africa. You should do this well before your permit expires.
What if I plan to work or study in South Africa?
If you intend to be professionally active in South Africa or to undertake any voluntary or paid employment or studies, you must apply for a work, work-seeker’s or study permit. These permits are also issued outside South Africa, and function as valid visas in allowing their holders to proceed to a South African port of entry. (In other words, if you’re applying for one of these permits, you do not have to apply for a visa separately.)
Get your visa before leaving for South Africa
If you are subject to visa requirements, you should apply for your visa at least four weeks before your departure for South Africa. Do not leave until you know your application has been successful. Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry, and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board. If you arrive without a visa, immigration officials will refuse you entry to South Africa and place you on a return flight to your country.
Do I have to submit my visa application in person?
No, you can ask someone else – such as a travel agent, a courier service or another family member – to submit the application on your behalf.
Source: SAinfo reporter and the Department of Home Affairs
Reviewed: March 2014
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An entrance test can be requested should there be a need according to the academic rules of Regenesys but this is usually not required if the student has obtained their current qualifications from a reputable and recognised educational institution.
There are no requirements for specific certifications for entry – except passing of the previous level. For Bachelors and HCBM the equivalent of matriculation in your country is required.
A working knowledge and ability to study in English is required as this is the medium of instruction.
This is not applicable as an entry requirement for enrolment on an MBA programme.
If the HCBM is completed – the student can gain entry into the BBA second year, subject to acceptance by Regenesys.
Applications for exemption of a maximum of 50 % of modules done with other institutions can be considered by the Registrar of Regenesys. These modules and their outcomes will be evaluated by the Registrar before any exemptions can be considered. A form is available on request.
There is no fast-track or lateral entry other than by exemption of previously studied modules and minimum study periods are
Even if you complete the programme in less time – the qualification is subject to the minimum period.
A student can enter a post graduate programme from a Bachelors degree without any work experience.
We recommend though that most value will be gained by the student if they have 2-3 years work experience on a full time basis.
The recognition of prior learning (RPL) process can be initiated where work experience and other formal and informal learning assumed to be in place will be evaluated as per Regenesys RPL policy. Please note that seats on this basis may be limited.
A person must be a minimum age of 27 and have relevant work experience.
Regenesys has an Employment Assistance Scheme in place which introduces students to recruitment and placements agents who specialise in placements across various industries, sectors and specialised fields. The students are introduced to these agencies towards the latter part of the training and arrangements are made for job interviews, were students indicate their interests. In these situations no guarantees exist that the students will be offered employments since much relies on the student’s interview sessions.
There is a need for scarce and critical skills in South Africa and industries such as IT, medical, banking, finance, retail and other areas have need for good experienced individuals, which increases the possibilities of placement.
No hostel facilities are provided on campus. However, students are welcome to make their own accommodation arrangements if they are so able.
On gaining the study permit we will work with the student to identify suitable accommodation.
The terms and conditions of the visa granted to the student will indicate if permission is also granted for the student to seek work while study in South Africa. Generally, work opportunities are available and students are permitted to obtain work while they study as long as they abide but the terms and conditions imposed on the visa.
South Africa is regarded as a very culturally friendly country by many of our international and local visitors. Exceptionally. In fact we are well known as the ‘Rainbow Nation’
South Africa’s arts and culture is as varied as one might expect from such a diverse nation. The blend of local cultures and diverse influences make for a melting pot of creativity that never disappoints.
South Africa’s cultural and creative industry is a good revenue generator and still has great potential to produce more and contribute to job creation.
We have a very culturally diverse country and people of different ethnicities are welcomed and accepted.
Q: How is the weather in South Africa?
A subtropical location, moderated by ocean on three sides of the country and the altitude of the interior plateau, account for the warm temperate conditions so typical of South Africa – and so popular with its foreign visitors.
South Africa is famous for its sunshine. It’s a relatively dry country, with an average annual rainfall of about 464mm (compared to a world average of about 860mm). While the Western Cape gets most of its rainfall in winter, the rest of the country is generally a summer-rainfall region.
Temperatures in South Africa tend to be lower than in other countries at similar latitudes – such as Australia – due mainly to greater elevation above sea level.
On the interior plateau, the altitude – Johannesburg lies at 1 694 metres – keeps the average summer temperatures below 30°C. In winter, for the same reason, night- time temperatures can drop to freezing point, and lower in some places.
South Africa’s coastal regions are therefore warmest in winter. There is, however, a striking contrast between temperatures on the country’s east and west coasts, due respectively to the warm Agulhas and cold Benguela Currents that sweep the coastlines.
Being in the southern hemisphere, our seasons stand in opposition to those of Europe and North America, so, yes – we spend Christmas on the beach!
Over much of South Africa, summer (mid-October to mid-February) is characterised by hot, sunny weather – often with afternoon thunderstorms that clear quickly, leaving a warm, earthy, uniquely African smell in the air.
The Western Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is the exception, getting its rain in winter.
Autumn (fall) in South Africa (mid-February to April) offers the best weather in some respects. Very little rain falls over the whole country, and it is warm but not too hot, getting colder as the season progresses.
In Cape Town, autumn is fantastic, with hot sunny days and warm, balmy nights which many people spend outdoors.
Winter in South Africa (May to July) is characterised in the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights, sometimes with heavy frosts. It’s a good idea to bring warm clothes.
The hot, humid KwaZulu-Natal coast, as well as the Lowveld (lower-lying areas) of Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, offer fantastic winter weather with sunny, warmish days and virtually no wind or rain.
The Western Cape gets most of its rain in winter, with quite a few days of cloudy, rainy weather. However, these are always interspersed with wonderful days to rival the best of a British summer.
The high mountains of the Cape and the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal usually get snow in winter.
Nowhere in South Africa is spring (August to mid-October) more spectacular than in the Cape provinces. Here the grey winter is forgotten as thousands of small, otherwise insignificant plants cover the plains in an iridescent carpet of flowers.
The journey to see the flowers of the Namaqualand in the Western and Northern Cape is an annual pilgrimage for many South Africans.
Best time of the year to travel?
That depends on what you want to do. The flowers are obviously best in August and September. Winter is a good time for game watching, as the veld is not as lush as in summer and the lack of rain means animals are more likely to congregate around water holes and rivers.
The southern right whales hang around off our coasts from about mid-June to the end of October.
The diving is best in most of the country outside of summer (ie, from April through September), and so is the surfing – but that certainly doesn’t limit either activity to those times.
River rafting is better in the Cape at the end of winter, and in KwaZulu-Natal in the height of summer (late November to mid-February). In Mpumalanga and Limpopo, it’s less time dependent.
The “shoulder” seasons – spring and autumn – are best for hiking, as summer can be hot over most of the country. In the Drakensberg, summer thunderstorms are dangerous, while there is a good chance of snow in winter. In the Cape, the winters are wet, so it’s not necessarily the best time for hikes.
If you’re a birder, the palaeoarctic migrants arrive around November and the intra- African migrants usually by mid-October.
Of course, if you want to lounge around on the beach, mid-summer is the best time – though everyone else will be there too. And – big bonus – the beaches of northern KwaZulu-Natal are warm and sunny even in midwinter.
Students typically enrol mostly around January and June intakes although at Regenesys we have more frequent opportunities to start studying.
We encourage students to embark on a journey of personal development with Regenesys. We will help you to awaken your potential and to realise that everything you need to succeed is within you. We will be with you every step of the way. We will work hard with you and at the end, we will celebrate with you.
Students have access to a campus, in the heart of Sandton, with the tranquillity of a zen garden, gym, meditation/prayer room and a wellness centre.
The terms and conditions of the visa granted to the student will indicate if permission is also granted for the student to seek work and remain in South Africa, after studying.
The student is responsible for his/her own insurance fees to get a study permit.
Regenesys South Africa will not pay for this.
The agents has received some options for insurance that is compliant with the Visa requirements.
Scholarships /bursaries or any financial assistance may become available from time to time. Current we do not have any open scholarships available to International students.
We believe in offering reasonable prices rather than inflating prices and offering scholarships as “discounts” to students.
Students can apply for bursaries are email@example.com however these are awarded infrequently and should not be relied on as a potential source of funding of studies.
To study internationally requires adequate funding else it may be better to consider distance education options.
If your Visa is refused, we require original proof indicating the reason for the refusal. If your visa has been refused because of issues with your documents such as submission of incomplete, invalid or unrecognised documents, mismatched signatures and / or insufficient funds amongst other errors, there will be no refund given. Therefore, if you made an error, omission, or failed to comply with the requirements, no refunds will be available, but we do request that students correct their application packs and resubmit their visa application. If your visa was a complete, proper submission and was refused due to reasons outside of your direct control, then a refund will be given, less R1500 for administration and application costs. In such cases, refunds may take up to 60 days and will always be returned to source.
Once the Visa has been granted, the student is not eligible for a refund and the student is thus required to pay the outstanding course fee as agreed before the Visa decision.
The student is not eligible for a refund and the student is thus required to pay the outstanding course fee as agreed before the Visa decision.