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Do you want to study in the UK from South Africa? Do you need help with UK university admission and student visa application? We, Total Student Care, an international education agent commit to help and support South African students who are pursuing higher studies abroad and want to ‘Apply to Study in the UK from South Africa’.
Admissions are open at our partner universities in the UK – submit your initial application to commence your Study UK journey.
Level 3 to Level 8
Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate & Doctorate
Full-time, part-time or on-line
0.5 year to 4 years*
Throughout the year*
Choose the right course that meets your academic and career goals for the financial budget you have.Read more..
Research and choose the right university and campus location for the course you have decided to study.Read more..
Learn what documents and information you will require to make a successful application for your admission.Read more..
Contact our professional team for further details and support for admission and student visa application.Read more..
The cost breakdowns below are average figures of expenses that a typical South African student will spend on commonly studied subjects at commonly chosen universities in the UK while living a UK life like other international students. However, these costs may vary for certain courses at top universities. For living and maintenance costs, students are in control and can choose to spend more or less as per their financial ability or necessity. This is a general guideline for South African students to prepare for their budget to study in the UK.
|Average Cost (GBP)
|Average Cost (ZAR)
|Foundation courses (Full fees)
|10000 to 15000
|206202 to 309303
|Undergraduate courses (per year)
|11000 to 15000
|226822 to 309303
|Postgraduate courses (Full fees)
|11000 to 16000
|226822 to 329923
|Doctorate courses (per year)
|14000 to 16000
|288683 to 329923
Most of the universities offer some scholarship ranging from GBP 500 to GBP 5000 which will reduce tuition fee cost.
|Average Cost (GBP)
|Average Cost (ZAR)
|400 to 500
|8248 to 10310
|30 to 40
|619 to 825
|100 to 150
|2062 to 3093
|140 to 180
|2887 to 3712
|10 to 30
|206 to 619
|40 to 100
|825 to 2062
|Other casual irregular costs
|20 to 50
|412 to 1031
Students get 30% discount on travel card and different types of discount on shopping.
|Student visa application (One-off)
|IHS (per year)
Visa application and IHS (International Health Surcharge) fee may change per year by Home Office. Please check visa application fees calculator & IHS fees calculator to find out how much you will have to pay for your application.
Once you submit your visa application online, pay the student visa application fee and IHS fee via gov.uk website, you will then be asked to book an appointment with TLScontact by creating a TLScontact account. You can then book an appointment at UK Visa Application Centres in South Africa from the available centres, dates and times. You may wish to buy additional optional services TLScontact Visa Application Centres offer.
Students will have the right to work while continuing their studies in the UK i.e. 10 hours per week if they are studying foundation course, 20 hours per week studying a bachelor, masters or PhD course. Students will be able to work full time per week during holiday period in between your course.
|Average earning from student job (GBP)
|Average earning student job (ZAR)
|460 to 800
|9485 to 16496
|1600 to 2000
|32992 to 41240
For up-to-date currency rate, please check oanda.com.
In general, initially students are required to provide the following documents for university admission applications:
9 top reasons South African students choose to study in the UK
A All international students coming to study in the UK on a Student Route visa are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English language one way or another. The minimum English language requirements for each programme are specified in the course description at the university where you are applying. Some UK universities accept The South African National Senior Certificate (SANSC), English Grade 3 or above in place of IELTS or equivalent.
However, for foundation course or courses with pre-sessional English, you will need to sit IELTS or other UKVI approved SELTs.
A Applicants with the following quali?cations will be considered for entry on an undergraduate course:
If you have not achieved these results, you should supplement your Senior Certificate with an international foundation year or equivalent.
|National Senior Certificate
A For entry onto a postgraduate course, UK universities will normally require a 4 year bachelor’s (honours) degree, Professional bachelor’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in technology (BTech). The grade requirements may differ from course to course or university to university. You can check your grades from the table below to find out if you fulfil the entry grade required by the UK University where you want to study –
|South African degree classification
|South African degree classification (%)
|UK University degree classification
|2nd class division 1
|2nd class division 2
A Yes, you can bring your dependants (partner/Spouse or children) to the UK if you study an eligible course at an eligible university. Please check our guide ‘How to apply: Student dependant visa for UK for details.
A You will need to provide details for 2 academic referees or submit 2 academic reference letters with your university applications. Find more about academic references in ‘Matters related to academic reference letters’ guide. You can also check our ‘Sample Academic Reference Letter’ in the student resources section for better understanding of the requirements.
A You will need to have tuition fees for your course and money to maintain yourself in the UK. Please check our guide ‘UK student visa: Financial evidence – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)’ for more details.
A There are 5 UK Visa Application Centres in South Africa. Please find their addresses, opening hours below –
|Opening hours (except public holidays)
|Upper Ground Floor, Media Quarter Building, Corner of De Smit Street and Somerset Road, De Waterkant, Cape Town, South Africa
|430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, 3rd Floor, The Atrium, Durban, South Africa
|2nd - 3rd Floor, 24 Central Building, Gwen Lane and Fredman Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
|Ground Floor Building 66, Fairview Office Park, Greenacres, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
|1st Floor, Menlyn Corner, Growth Point building, Corner of Lois/Atterbury Road, (Opposite to Menlyn Park Shopping Centre) Menlyn, Pretoria, South Africa
If you are not sure about your admission needs and want to consult us before making your decision, get in touch with our student counsellors –
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