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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.

Study permits

Work rights during a course

Post-study work 


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