Colleges and universities in South Africa

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Stellenbosch University campusSouth Africa has numerous colleges and universities, three of which are particularly held in high regard – the University of Cape Town (UCT), The University of Stellenbosch and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg.

Tuition at the country's best tertiary institutions offers good value compared to American or European establishments, and the quality of education is generally very high.

Other good universities outside of the country's two main urban centres, include Rhodes University in Grahamstown, University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth.

Cape Town has four main universities. The most popular with expats is UCT but Stellenbosch University also has a formidable number of foreign students.
 

Distance learning and vocational colleges in South Africa


Distance learning is another option. The University of South Africa (UNISA) is the largest correspondence university in the world, offering both academic and occupation related courses, diplomas and degrees.

There are also a number of vocational colleges in the country, with creative colleges in fields such as film and design being especially renowned.

Expat students in South Africa will have to consider factors such as cost, cultural differences and the educational structure of local institutions before they register.

Students from the United States will have a few unique factors to consider if they plan on registering at a college in South Africa, especially during registration season.

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