How to Get a South African Study Permit: Requirements for Zimbabweans:

If you are a Zimbabwean looking to study in South Africa, you will need to obtain a South African study permit. This guide will provide you with all the necessary information and steps to successfully apply for your study permit.

List of South African Study Permit Requirements for Zimbabweans

Before you apply, make sure you have all the required documents and meet the eligibility criteria for Zimbabwean citizens:

  1. Acceptance Letter: A letter of acceptance from a recognized South African educational institution.
  2. Proof of Financial Means: Evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation. This can include bank statements, bursaries, or sponsorship letters.
  3. Medical and Radiological Reports: A medical certificate and a radiological report (not older than six months).
  4. Yellow Fever Certificate: If you have traveled through or are coming from a yellow fever endemic area.
  5. Proof of Accommodation: Evidence of accommodation in South Africa, such as a rental agreement or a letter from the institution providing housing.
  6. Passport: A valid passport with at least 30 days remaining after the intended end date of the study permit.
  7. Application Fee: Payment of the applicable visa application fee.
  8. Police Clearance Certificate: A police clearance certificate from each country where you have lived for 12 months or longer since the age of 18.
  9. Birth Certificate: A certified copy of your birth certificate.
  10. Medical Insurance: Proof of medical insurance cover for the duration of your studies in South Africa.


Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for a South African Study Permit if you are from Zimbabwe

  1. Obtain Acceptance from a South African Institution: Ensure you have a formal acceptance letter from a recognized institution.
  2. Gather Required Documents: Collect all the necessary documents listed above.
  3. Complete the Online Application: Visit the South African Department of Home Affairs website and complete the online study permit application form.
  4. Submit Your Application: Submit your application and required documents at the nearest South African embassy, consulate, or Visa Facilitation Service (VFS) center in Zimbabwe.
  5. Pay the Application Fee: Pay the non-refundable application fee. Keep the receipt as proof of payment.
  6. Attend an Interview: You may be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.
  7. Wait for Processing: The processing time can vary, so apply well in advance of your intended start date.
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Tips for a Successful Application

  • Apply Early: Start the application process as soon as you receive your acceptance letter to avoid any delays.
  • Ensure Completeness: Double-check that all required documents are included and correctly certified.
  • Maintain Communication: Keep in touch with the educational institution and the visa office for any updates or additional requirements.

Additional Information

  • Renewal of Study Permit: If your study period extends beyond the validity of your initial permit, you will need to apply for a renewal.
  • Work Rights: As a study permit holder, you may work part-time for up to 20 hours per week during academic terms and full-time during holidays.

For more detailed information, visit the South African Department of Home Affairs website or contact the nearest South African embassy or consulate in Zimbabwe.

By following these guidelines and ensuring you meet all the requirements, you can successfully obtain a South African study permit and embark on your educational journey in South Africa.