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How To Enroll For Masters Degree Programme In South African Universities


South African Universities are undoubtedly among the best on global scale and in the African Continent.  The University of Cape Town, for example, is a world class university.

The same can be said of the University of Stellenbosch as well as the University of Pretoria.  They have very high standard of education in these school and they award globally recognized degree.

The admission process is considered easy. The requirements are not as many as what obtains in any of those western country universities.

How To Enroll For Masters Degree Programme In South African Universities

The fees differ from one school to another and it also depends on the course you plan to study there. The fees can range from N500,000 to N600,000 and this is only for tuition fees. Not to talk of a number of other fees that the student will have to pay.

Accommodation is another factor that the Nigerian student will have to consider.  Tuition fee is expensive in South Africa, same for accommodation.  The amount you will have to pay for accommodation is however determined by the part of South Africa you are residing.

However, you may have to set aside between N600,000 and N1 million per annum on accommodation.

Tuition fee and accommodation may be expensive, but food is considerably cheap there. Many Nigerians think they can get part-time job to subsidies for their accommodation and tuition costs, but such jobs are rarely available, since South Africans would also want to work in their own companies.

Requirements For Admission Into South African Universities

You can register directly for your master’s degree program in South Africa right here in Nigeria. You can either register with any of the educational consults and agencies located in Nigeria and this will make things very easy for you.

You can also register directly with the school in South Africa by yourself right here in Nigeria. The process is not stressful, neither is it time-consuming.

The requirements are very simple. The same requirements apply either you are applying into a private or public university in South Africa.

You will not need to sit for any form of entrance examination to get admitted for master’s degree program in South Africa.  Some of the requirements are highlighted below:

  • Personal statement to tell the school authority why you think you deserve to be given admission for master’s degree program in that institution.
  • Your curriculum vitae, which should not be more than 3 pages
  • A copy of your international passport
  • Your certificate of Foreign Result Evaluation (SAQA)
  • Your transcript, which should be forwarded to the South African university by the university where you did your undergraduate program.
  • All the copies of your higher qualifications.

How To Apply For Admission Into South African Universities

As hinted earlier, you can visit any of the travel agencies or educational consults around and they can help you with the processing. This makes things very easy for you. However, you can carry out the registration process by yourself.

All you need to do is to visit the website of the institution of your choice and find out if they offer the course you want to study. If they do, you can go ahead with the registration process.

The steps you need to take to get the registration done have been outlined on the website of the school already. All you have to do is to follow these instructions and you will be alright.

Before you proceed with the registration process, find out if you have the required qualifications for that course of study.  Visit the postgraduate portal of the institution and fill the form provided there. You will have to attach all the documents highlighted above on the site and submit them along with the online form you have filled.

There are times you will have to print out the form and fill it, then mail the said form via airmail or electronic mail to the South African university.  In such instances, the other documents too will have to be mailed along with the form.




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