Cheap Universities In South Africa For International Students And How To Enroll For Different Courses

With a population of over 50 million people, gathered from various cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds, South Africa is very beautiful and comfortable country to live in especially with a larger percentage of its population being of African descent (75% Est.). For decades now South Africa has been a Mecca for African student to go and gain higher education in their chosen fields of expertise. Among the reasons student from other countries flock to South Africa is:


  • The fact that, the country boasts of highly prestigious colleges and universities which over the years have become well known as these school churn out graduates who are competent to compete on the world stage.


  • South Africa being a diverse society, accepts students from around the world as Institutions in the country boast of offering 10 different language options to foreign students.


  • South Africa is one country in the African region that prides itself as owning one of the most scenic and conducive environments for learning.


  • Recent research has proved that the educational board in South Africa closely scrutinizes teachers which leaves nothing but the very best in each classroom.


  • Away from popular aspersion and fear, the cost of living in South Africa is quite affordable because of it low end-to-end exchange rate. Typical cost of living in South Africa monthly runs between a budget of $300 – $570 monthly, which cover day to day needs like accommodation, transportation, utility bill payments, food and refreshments.


3 Cheapest Universities In South Africa

This article will lay emphasis on 3 of South Africa’s cheapest and low budget Universities for foreign students. The Universities listed below all charge between $2000 – $5000 as Tuition Fees, while the South African University Academic calendar consists of two semesters, with the first semester starting in February while the second begins towards July ending.

Prospective foreign student who wish to apply for admission in South African Universities should be aware of the following:


  • Prospective candidates should go online to visit the online portal of the school of their choice via their website to request for an application form online.
  • Prospective candidates should fill-in the correct information into the form and thereafter upload required documentation.
  • Most of the under listed universities of full online registration for prospective candidates but for the few that do not, the filled form should be sent by post to the admissions department of the university.
  • Once the application has been set upon by the school board the prospective candidate considered, they will be forwarded an official letter of offer either by electronically (Email) or via Post.
  • On reception of the offer, prospective students can now request for their Visa package from the University and thereby begin to process their travel documents.
  • After which is full enrollment in the university of their choice.


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  1. University of South Africa (UNISA):

UNISA as the higher institution is popularly called is Africa’s largest University with over 300,000 students in attendance at any given time. Called a mega-University in its standing, UNISA offers distance learning as it is a world accredited open distance education institution. UNISA stands as the cheapest on the list, as its learning program is quite flexible to suit students timing with a rather personal-touch support program.

UNISA has 8 faculties that see to student affairs, namely:

  • Accounting Sciences
  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Education
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Graduate Studies
  • Human Sciences
  • Law
  • Engineering and Technology



  1. Stellenbosch University (SU):

Aside from ranking as one of the cheapest Universities in South Africa, Stellenbosch University which is traditional university also boasts of being South Africa’s oldest University, established in the 17th Century as an Institution for higher learning, has a very expansive history which dates back to 1685 and has metamorphoses through the years, the university has its campuses scattered across the country at the following locations Stellenbosch, Saldanha Bay, Bellville, Tygerberg.

The school runs 10 Faculties that tend to each department of study, namely:


  • Agric Sciences
  • Art and Social Sciences
  • Education
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Military Sciences
  • Theology
  • Pure Sciences



  1. University of Witwatersrand:

This institution is South Africa’s third oldest University, established in 1896 and prides itself as a public research institute located in Northern Johannesburg. The school ranks among S. A’s low budget higher institutions and has five faculties, namely:

  • Humanities
  • Commerce, Law and Management
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Science

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