A study visa may be issued to individuals who wish to attend school, universities of any other duly registered at the following learning institutions- a school contemplated in section 1 of the South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No 84 of 1996); or a college established in terms of the Further Education and Training Colleges Act, 2006 (Act No 16 of 2006), but excluding a school offering further education and training programmes under the South African Schools Act or a college under the authority of a government department other than the Department of Higher Education and Training; or an institution of higher education established in terms of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No 101 of 1997).
Students are required to provide proof of medical cover renewed annually for the period of study with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act. However, where a student is attending a school contemplated in section 1 of the South African Schools Act as the dependent child of a parent holding a visa issued in terms of section 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20 or 22 of the Immigration Act and is registered on the medical aid or international health insurance of such parent, proof of South African medical cover is not required.
Alternatively, as a foreigner studying at a higher educational institution with a valid study permit, you may work part-time for no more than 20 hours per week. However, you may not work during academic vacations.
Students who wish to apply for a medical elective or clinical traineeship may also apply for a study visa. A study visa may be issued for the duration of the course.