FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is a degree from Helderberg College of Higher Education comparable to a degree from a public university?
Yes, it is, indeed. The degrees you can get at a private and public university are generally equivalent, and both have full state accreditation. Private and public higher education institutions must fulfil exactly the same quality criteria to get state accreditation. 

Is this College only for Christians or Seventh-day-Adventists?
No, people with totally different world views are studying at Helderberg College. As an Adventist church institution, we demand respect for other religions, world views and cultures. As long as you comply with the rules and requirements stated in our Student Handbook, you will be completely accepted and welcome here.

Is HCHE more expensive than public universities?
No! We have done a careful comparison of our fees with state-operated universities. Surprise, surprise – we charge more or less the same, sometimes a little more or even less!

What about bursaries and scholarships – how can I finance my studies?
As a private university run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, HCHE does not receive any government subsidies, but is financed by tuition and, to a small extent by the South African Union Conference. You can apply to NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) for a bursary. We also offer a certain number of work bursaries, which means you can partly subsidise your own studies by working on the campus, for example in the library, cafeteria or as a reader for a department. Of course, if you are a business student doing BCOM Accounting, BBA Management or HCERT in Office Management, you can grab one of the 100 bursaries available for first-year students! In addition, we offer a few scholarships to deserving students, so study hard and you may be in for a reward ….

Can I do an Honour’s or Master’s degree when I graduate?
Yes, you may, since all of our undergraduate degrees are benchmarked against those of other South African universities. Our degrees are carefully designed so that they articulate seamlessly into Honour’s or Master’s degrees at other universities. In fact, because of our high standards, small classes and individual attention, many of our graduates have found that they are more advanced than their undergraduate peers from other institutions!