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Study Visa prior to arrival 

International students are required to have a valid study visa to study at Stellenbosch University (SU). SU is not permitted to register a student without a valid temporary residence visa.

As part of your visa application, you will be required to submit a medical certificate and radiological report in addition to any other documents which may be required (consult with the South African mission closest to you). You will also have to provide proof of medical cover recognised in South Africa from a provider that is registered with the South African Council for Medical Schemes in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998.

Please contact the nearest South African High Commission to confirm the application process and supporting documents required for the visa application.

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.

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

​Renewal of study visa in South Africa

​Your study visa needs to stay valid for 60 days. 

​The application process is done through VFS-Global

  • Apply online at VFS-Global - please browse the website and familiarise yourself with the process

  • Schedule an appointment only once you have all supporting documents

  • Application Fees : VFS is charging R 1 350 for facilitating services and the DHA renewal Fee remains R 425 = R 1 775

  • Payment options : It is best to make payment at VFS with scheduled appointment when submitting application

  • Documents not to be older than six months 

  • Passport  and Visa must be certified

  • Documents to support the visa renewal:​


Passport valid for no less than 30 days after expiry of intended studies

  • Police clearance certificate from South Africa

  • Medical Certificate and Radiological Report

  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate if from yellow fever ​region

  • Official letter confirming continued studies, including undertaking from Linda Uys at SU International

  • Proof of financial means (3 months South African bank statement)

  • Proof of Medical cover registered with the South African 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).  

Please note that with your appointment and application being accepted, Biometrics are taken

For more information, please contact 

Mr Grant Leukes​ (Coordinator: Immigration and Health)

Tel:      +27 (0) 21 808 4628    

Email: immigration@sun.ac.za

VisaInformation.jpg   Visa Checklist (Download)

​  ​ Radiological report

   Medical certificate

   List of medical aid providers​​​ 

   South African embassies abroad​




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