INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The world is now a global village and we are proud to be part of that, having housed and taught students from 47 different countries so far!

We provide residence accommodation for over 250 men and women (including limited shared accommodation for married students) in our comfortable college houses, which have lounges, chapels, sundecks and a laundry.

We welcome students to our College from all nationalities, but there are a few rules which you will need to take note of. Make sure you know exactly what it will take to study abroad at Helderberg College of Higher Education and contact the Admissions Office if something is not clear.

Once you have been accepted at Helderberg College of Higher Education, you will receive an official acceptance letter which will tell you the fees due to the College. When we have received your payment, you will get a letter of authorization from Helderberg College of Higher Education. You will need this letter to apply for a study visa.

You must submit your study visa application to the nearest South African Embassy or Office of the Representative of the Republic of South Africa in your home country. It is important to allow enough time for the visa application process, as it may take about six to eight weeks for your student visa to be issued.

The government of South Africa requires that international students be in possession of a valid Helderberg College of Higher Education Study Visa before they are able to register at the College. Please contact the College for more information on the visa application process. The College can only register international students if they are in possession of a valid study visa. International students are required to study on a full-time basis, the equivalent of 60 credits per semester. Your study visa may be cancelled in the following cases:  

  • If you are absent for more than 15% of your classes without valid reasons
  • If you withdraw from the College. In this case, you will be required to leave South Africa within seven days
  • If you come late for registration, you will need to return to your country, as you will unfortunately not be admitted after official registration is closed.

DEPOSIT FOR VISA LETTER

All foreign students should pay R 15 000 as a deposit to receive an admission letter to apply for a study visa to South Africa. This deposit will be deducted from his/her fees when registering at the College.

PAYMENT OF FEES

First-year international students and students from other African countries must pay the full registration, tuition and boarding fees before they register.

From their second year, international students will need to pay 50% of the full registration, tuition and boarding fees during registration. They must pay the remaining 50% before the end of the current semester of study.

English Language Institute students must pay the full registration, tuition and boarding fees in advance before their admissions are processed.

Money received from outside South Africa cannot be withdrawn. All credit balances will remain on your account until you graduate or withdraw from the College. The credit balance will then be returned to the original depositor.

MATRICULATION EQUIVALENCE:

Matriculation equivalence means exemption in accordance with the rules of the Matriculation Board of South Africa.

O – Level Passes

Foreign applicants who have:

Five Ordinary level passes with grades A-C or 1-3, may qualify for admissions into a Higher Certificate qualification. Alternatively, they qualify to do the Foundation Year, and upon successful completion of this bridging year, they may qualify for admission to a degree programme, on condition that they meet all other requirements of the appropriate degree (in the prospectus).

Foreign applicants who are 23 years and older may qualify for admission to degree programmes if they have four Ordinary level subject passes with grades A-C or 1-3, of which the examinations have been completed in one sitting and of which English must be one of the subjects that have been passed. In addition, these applicants need to meet all other requirements of the appropriate degree as specified in the prospectus. They will also need to apply to Universities South Africa (www.universitiessa.ac.za) for an exemption certificate.

You may request an evaluation of your High School grades by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Forms and information to do this are available via the SAQA website, www.saqa.org.za, or from the Admissions Office.

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

International students who have not received their High School education in English must show evidence of having satisfactorily completed the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550 (paper-based test), or 213 (computer-based test), before proceeding to Helderberg College of Higher Education. You can obtain details of examination times and locations from the TOEFL website (www.ets.org).

If you are a prospective student who does not present the necessary TOEFL score, you will need to take classes at the English Language Institute at Helderberg College of Higher Education. You will be allowed to continue your studies after passing a language test at the end of the term/semester/year, and receiving a recommendation from the ELI.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

You must complete an application form, as well as the required documentation. Applications which are submitted without all the necessary documentation are not processed. Submitted documents, ID and qualifications must be scanned and certified. No pictures are allowed. After you have submitted this form to the College for evaluation, you will receive an official response.

If you are accepted for admission, you will first receive a provisional acceptance letter, stating your acceptance and indicating the fees you must pay, before full acceptance is granted.

Once you have paid your fees, you will receive a letter of full acceptance and a letter to the embassy where you will apply for a visa, indicating full payment and full acceptance. Once you receive this letter, you may apply for your study visa.