Immigration Requirements

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:

  • A valid visa applied for on the Home Affairs application form (BI-1738)
  • Medical and radiological report (less than six months old)
  • Proof of medical cover registered in South Africa (please refer to the Health Insurance Page for more information)
  • Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay and to cover your tuition
  • A police clearance certificate (no less than six months old)
  • Proof of accommodation for the duration of your study
  • A return or onward ticket after completion of your studies
  • Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America (issued two weeks prior to departure to South Africa).
  • Students from several countries may be required to pay relocation and deportation fee which is refundable upon return home.
  • Additional supporting documentation may be requested such as proof of guardian if you are under aged or proof of registration fee payment towards AFDA.

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AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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