Only students enrolled in a recognised learning institution can apply for a visa to study in South Africa. When the new regulation was introduced in 2014, it excluded English language schools from the designation, leaving students unable to enrol in long-term courses. EduSA, the country’s association of language schools, fought for years to ensure that its members could be officially recognised.
Work rights during a course
Student numbers plateaued in 2018 for South Africa's English language schools after strong growth in 2017.