Visa Information

If you are enrolling at Stellenbosch University as an exchange student for one or two semesters then you will require a study visa. A study visa is normally issued for the duration of the academic programme and it is each student’s responsibility to maintain the validity of his/her study visa. You cannot enter South Africa on a tourist visa and change the status once you are in the country. Please apply for your visa on time! For the visa requirements, please consult with the South African missiom closest to you.

IMPORTANT: Please note it can take several weeks to obtain a visa, but the circumstances may vary from country to country. Start your visa application by acquainting yourself with the necessary supporting documentation which may be time-consuming to obtain. Please ensure that you submit a complete application for your visa.

Medical Insurance:

Please note that Stellenbosch University is not affiliated to any medical aid provider.  We will accept your medical cover as long as it is from a provider registered with the SA Council for Medical Schemes in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998. It must be paid up for the full academic year (or for the relevant period for semester students).  Here is a list of student medical aid options to consider.  The list is not exhaustive, thus you can opt for other schemes of your choice.  Students are advised to contact the medical aid providers directly.

Click here for Momentum Health.

Click here for CompCare Wellness.

Click here for Profmed.

Click here for TopMed.

Click here for a comprehensive list of medical schemes in South Africa.

This information serves as a guide only. Requirements for obtaining a visa for South Africa are subject to change and each application is treated as an individual case. Always enquire from your nearest SA Mission before travelling to South Africa.


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