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Study visas


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. Application should be lodged in your country of origin and you are advised to await the outcome BEFORE travelling to Stellenbosch.

If attending Stellenbosch University for less than three months (i.e. for research purposes) you will not need a study permit. However, you do need a Visitor’s Visa with an endorsement / condition stating clearly the purpose of your visit.

Without this document you cannot be registered. Students with passports from countries that have been exempted from tourist visas are still obliged to apply for the 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 cannot 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 eight (8) weeks prior to the expiry date. Assistance and forms are available at the Postgraduate & International Office.

Nearest branches

Cape Town Regional Office:  Faircape Building, 56 Barrack Street Cape Town.

Tel: (021) 468 4500   Fax: (021) 461 7686   Cell: 082 800 0877

Paarl Regional Office: c/o 39 Castle Street and Berg River Boulevard, Paarl. Tel: (021) 870 4401  Fax: (021) 872 4212

Bellville District Office: Boston Centre, 85 Voortrekker Road, Bellville. Tel: (021) 944 6200 Fax: (021) 948 3861

Somerset West District Office: Old Magistrate Building, Main Road, Somerset West. Tel: (021) 852 9125 (Cell) 072 613 6406

Stellenbosch District Office:  Reyneke Street, Stellenbosch.   Tel: (021) 887 4792

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Friends of Stellenbosch


T: +27 (0)21 883 3584
F: +27 (0)21 882 9550

Information Office:
36 Market Steet
Stellenbosch, 7600