Helderberg campus has housed students from approximately 47 different countries over the years.
We proudly display the flags of the countries our students represent in the College’s Anderson Hall, and celebrate our diversity every year on Heritage Day (24 September).
For our international students to legally study in South Africa, a number of regulations are applicable. Please take careful note of these, and contact the Admissions Office if you need further clarification on any point.
On acceptance to Helderberg College, an official acceptance letter will be issued, indicating the fees due to the College. Upon receipt of payment, a letter of authorization from Helderberg College will be issued that will enable the applicant to apply for a study visa.
Study visa applications must be submitted to the nearest South African Embassy or Office of the Representative of the Republic of South Africa in the prospective student’s home country. Be sure to allow sufficient time for the visa application process, as it may take about six to eight weeks for a student visa to be issued.
PLEASE NOTE. DO NOT PROCEED TO THE COLLEGE WITHOUT A VALID STUDY-VISA.
The government of South Africa requires that international students be in possession of a valid Helderberg College Study Visa before they are able to register at the College. The College is unable to apply for student visas on behalf of international students. 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 notional credit hours per semester. A study visa may be cancelled in the case of the following:
- If class absences exceed 15% without valid reasons; and
- If the student withdraws from the College.In this case the student will be required to leave South Africa within 7 days.
Students who come late for registration will need to return to their country as no admission is granted after official registration is closed.
DEPOSIT FOR VISA LETTER
All foreign students should pay R15 000 as a deposit to receive an admission letter to apply for a study visa to South Africa, which will be offset against his/her fees upon registration.
PAYMENT OF FEES
- First-year international students and students from other African countries are required to pay the full registration, tuition and boarding fees before registration.
- From their second year, international students are required to pay 50% of the full registration, tuition and boarding fees during registration. The remaining 50% must be paid before the end of the current semester of study.
- English Language Institute students are required to pay the full registration, tuition and boarding fees in advance before their admissions are processed.
- Monies received from outside South Africa cannot be withdrawn. All credit balances are to remain on students’ accounts until they graduate or withdraw from the College. The credit balance will then be returned to the original depositor.
Matriculation exemption in accordance with the provisions of the Matriculation Board of South Africa is defined as matriculation equivalence.
O – Level Passes
Foreign applicants who have:
- Five Ordinary level passes with grades A-C or 1-3, may qualify for admissions into a Diploma or 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 all other requirements of the appropriate degree are met as specified 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.
Students applying from countries which do not follow the British system and who wish to register for a degree course must meet the requirements for entrance into university degree studies in their home countries. A document certifying such eligibility must be completed by a university in the applicant’s home country and submitted to Helderberg together with all documents pertaining to High School qualification. Alternatively, students may request an evaluation of their 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. Details of examination times and locations may be obtained from the TOEFL website (www.ets.org).
A prospective student who does not present the necessary TOEFL score will be required to take classes at the English Language Institute at Helderberg College, and will be allowed to commence their studies after passing a language test at the end of the term / semester / year, and receiving a recommendation from the ELI.
- An application form, together with the required documentation, must be completed. Applications submitted without all required documentation are not processed.
- After submission of this form to the College for evaluation, you will receive an official response.
- If accepted for admission, you will first receive a provisional acceptance letter, stating your acceptance and indicating the fees to be paid to Helderberg before full acceptance is granted.
- Upon payment of the 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, apply for your study visa.