Funding opportunities are varied that allow international students to join higher education institutions in South Africa, and while most universities provide access to study loans, there is a group of universities and local or international institutions that offer different scholarships, some of which are offered annually, and examples of these scholarships include
Types Of Scholarships In South Africa
1. ARISE Program Scholarship
This program is one of the projects resulting from the collaboration of higher education institutions that seek to support students in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region, and to encourage graduate students who plan to study one of the programs in the fields of agriculture, engineering, energy and medical sciences. Full of tuition fees, travel costs, and a monthly fee in addition to other expenses.
2. Doctoral scholarships in the field of social sciences and humanities
This program is offered through a partnership between the National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) and the Center for the Development of Social Sciences Research in Africa, CODESRIA. The annual amount offered to PhD students is about $ 10,580 and is repeated for a period of three years. These scholarships are for all students from outside South Africa who reside in any African country.
3. Fellowships provided by the University of the Free State
The University of the Free State’s Center for Higher Education Research and Development offers PhD fellowships to local and international students who aspire to complete their doctoral studies for an academic position or work in higher education, and the scholarship includes an annual stipend It’s worth about $ 12,000, and another $ 2,400 annually to cover research costs.
4. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Scholarships
The school seeks to support the training and development of leaders in the field of global health and the strengthening of health systems in Africa through a number of scholarships for master’s students coming from Saharan African countries, including Sudan and South Sudan, and who wish to study one of the programs it specifies the online school for a master’s degree, the scholarship covers tuition fees, and provides a monthly stipend of $ 20,600 to cover accommodation costs.
Obtaining a visa or residence permit
No higher education institution in South Africa is allowed to register any international student before obtaining a valid study permit, so international students who plan to study in South Africa must apply for a student visa after they obtain academic admission from one of the higher education institutions in the country via One of the South African representations or consulates in their countries or countries of residence.
Registration to obtain the permit requires filling out the application for a temporary residence permit known as BI-1738 and attaching a set of identification documents such as a passport and birth certificate in addition to the university acceptance letter which contains the duration of the study program and others. Then the student submits these documents with the application at the embassy office.
The process of processing permit applications takes a period ranging between six and eight weeks, so all students are advised to take the initiative to apply for the permit in order to avoid any delay that may result from the process of issuing it, which may cause delays in their travel to South Africa beyond the scheduled dates to start their studies.
The student obtains a valid travel visa for the duration of the study program to which the student is applying, and students who hold this visa are allowed to obtain a part-time job opportunity so that the student’s weekly working hours do not exceed 20 hours, and he is also allowed to work full-time during official holidays.
If the student plans to obtain a job opportunity as part of his studies (paid practical training) or to gain practical experience in his field of specialization, he must apply for a work permit from the Ministry of Local Affairs, and he must confirm his application with a job offer and approval from the educational institution that the student joined it, and evidence that he is still a student registered with it.
The connection of the miserable reality to the brown continent made many students believe that it is devoid of any suitable educational opportunities, but the universities of South Africa, and the pursuit of their educational system towards further progress, and the provision of multi-source funding supporting higher education students make them rise to compete with other educational destinations, and to become an appropriate option. For many students.