Home Affairs and Study Permits

All non-South African students, including students who will only be doing research and not attending classes, require study permits or an endorsed visitor's visa. You should lodge your application in your country of origin and await the outcome BEFORE travelling to Stellenbosch.
If coming to Stellenbosch University for less than three months (i.e. for research purposes) you do not need a study permit. However, you do need a visitor’s visa with an endorsement / condition stating clearly the purpose of your visit to Stellenbosch University.
Without this document you cannot be registered. Students with passports from countries that have been exempted from tourist visas must still apply for a visitor’s visa with the special endorsement. If you enter the country without such an endorsement you may be requested to leave the country. Without such a document the University is in no position to register you.
Your application for a study permit must be lodged at your nearest South African representative (in your home country) and you may not enter South Africa without a valid study permit.
It is your responsibility to maintain its validity. Your study permit should stay valid in the passport for 30 days. Renewals should be applied for at least 8 weeks prior to the expiry date. Assistance and forms are available at Stellenbosch University International.
Nearest branches of Home Affairs in South Africa:
Branch Contact Person Address Contact Details
Cape Town Regional Office
Mr R.M. Niedermeier
Faircape Building 56 Barrack Street Cape Town, 8001
Tel: (021) 468 4500
Fax: (021) 461 7686
Cell: 082 800 0877
Paarl Regional Office
Mr. E. Mathebula
 c/o 39 Castle Street and Berg River Boulevard Paarl
Tel: (021) 870 4401 Fax: (021) 872 4212
Bellville District Office
Mr. H. Oliver (Acting)
Boston Centre 85 Voortrekker Road Bellville, 7530
Tel: (021) 944 6200 Fax: (021) 948 3861
Somerset West District Office
Mr. L. Makubalo
Old Magistrate Building Main Road Somerset West 
Tel: (021) 852 9125
(C) 072 613 6406
Stellenbosch District Office
Mr. C. Visser 
Reyneke Street Stellenbosch, 7600
Tel: (021) 887 4792

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