AFDA applicants should under no circumstances pay agents or third party entities to facilitate their application and acceptance to AFDA. AFDA works with accredited agents and online representatives whom are remunerated by AFDA. Kindly contact firstname.lastname@example.org if for any queries on this matter.
The AFDA International Student Affairs department was established to facilitate and support the large number of international students who wish to study abroad at AFDA.
AFDA currently enrols over 100 foreign students. The international student affairs department offers a wide range of services, which include:
CLVA is the student representative body at AFDA. Committee members are selected from all 3 schools by the students themselves in a vote that takes place at the beginning of the year. Each School has a representative from each year of study.
The first event of the year is to welcome the first year group to AFDA. This is normally a sports day with a post-event party during orientation week and a party on campus with the rest of the school. Events are also held off campus and at various venues where we have built relationships with management.
CLVA is tasked with organising the Experimental Festival. The Experimental festival is where the third years are given the opportunity to showcase unique projects that utilize all the techniques they have learnt over the years. It allows them to bend the rules, be limitlessly creative and innovative. The festival prepares them for their graduation projects and gives them a taste of how the outside world will view their work. It is an exciting time, and when it comes to the films, expect the unexpected.
CLVA realize that the learning experience at AFDA can be challenging as you navigate your way around a new academic and social environment. It is CLVA’s aim to get your creative juices flowing by providing activities that help de-stress.
An evaluation form is handed to students to fill out at the end of the first and second semester which helps to discover how best to serve the students. We encourage everyone to get involved in the events as it is a great place to network and meet new people.
International students are required to have study permits to study in the Republic of South Africa. AFDA is not permitted to register you unless you have a valid temporary resident permit (i.e. a study permit). This includes students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Study permits are obtained from the South African Embassy or High Commission or Consulate in your home country, and give you entry into South Africa for study purposes. Your study permit needs to be valid at all times and is issued for the duration of your study period, i.e. the minimum time it takes to qualify for the degree you are taking. This process can be lengthy and applicants are advised to settle registration fees with AFDA as early as possible to undertake the application for study permits. In some instances study permits can take up to 5 months to process.
If you are currently studying at a South African high school or at another tertiary education institution in South Africa, you need to apply for a new study permit valid for AFDA through VFS Global.
You will need the following if you wish to study in or visit South Africa and for purposes of application for your study permit:
Very important!!! A valid and acceptable unendorsed passport or travel document for your intended stay (must be valid for at least 30 days after the end of your stay here in SA).
Note - At least one blank page in your passport. And then also:
Recent changes to visa regulations in South Africa specify that all international students taking up studies in South Africa must comply with visa regulations in the Immigration Act (Act No. 13 0f 2002).
This Regulation 10(1)(h) stipulates that:
A .An applicant for a study permit shall submit: (h) proof of medical cover with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 (Act No. 131 of 1998) or other medical insurance cover recognized in the Republic.
From this it is AFDA’s interpretation that all international students wishing to take up studies in South Africa must be in possession of appropriate medical cover with a registered South African medical scheme for the duration of their studies. This minimum basic cover as prescribed in the Medical Schemes Act can be obtained through very affordable medical scheme products, that are specifically suited to the needs of international students.
Although some foreign medical insurance products are acceptable to some South African embassies or diplomatic missions abroad for purposes of securing a study visa, in accordance with the Immigration Act; for academic registration, AFDA will only accept proof of medical cover with a South African registered medical scheme.
In this regard students are recommend to apply for medical cover through the relevant appointed Absa Healthcare Consultants (ABSA HCC) who are specialist health cover intermediaries and who aims to to assist international students with obtaining appropriate medical cover. For more information or assistance with you medical aid application please contact ABSA HC:
Contact person: Mr Jacques van der Merwe (ABSA Consultants and Actuaries) Tel: +27 21 941 8900 Email: email@example.com
AFDA assists in this process by maintaining a database of all students seeking accommodation and facilitating the first step of communication between possible share-houses. However, AFDA does not find accommodation for any students nor do we have any campus residence. We have a database of accommodation in the suburbs surrounding the campuses. The list includes youth hostels, house-sitting, granny cottages, apartments to let and to share, and communal houses. Some of the accommodation is within walking distance of the campuses; otherwise one will need to consider transport options. Please note AFDA takes no responsibility for the housing choice of the student. Travel and housing arrangements are the sole responsibility of the student. Only exchange students may request airport transfer and this is at the behest of AFDA. Students need to be aware that not all public transport options are preferable or suitable. For various accommodation providers in the vicinity of your campus or information about private and public transport please contact:
Nadia Chalkley <NadiaC@afda.co.za> +27 021 448 7600
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Like anywhere else in the world your safety is strongly dependent on you. One needs to take precautions wherever you are!
The vast majority of students and visitors complete their stay in South Africa without incident however students are encouraged to always be vigilant and aware that criminal activity can occur as in any other city of the world. It is not advised that students walk alone especially after dark. Students should make the necessary arrangements to ensure that their personal property is covered by insurance against theft as foreign visitors are targets for petty theft or muggings. Most accommodation providers do not cover any losses incurred by students due to theft. It is the student’s own responsibility.