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Updated 16 Aug 2018

South Africa has numerous colleges and universities for international and local students alike to choose from. 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. 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.


Universities in South Africa

Three of the country's universities are particularly held in high regard – the University of Cape Town (UCT), The University of Stellenbosch and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).

Other good universities outside of the country's two main urban centres include Rhodes University in Grahamstown, and the University of Pretoria in the province of Gauteng.


Distance learning and vocational colleges in South Africa

Distance learning is another option. The University of South Africa (UNISA) is one of the largest correspondence universities 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 some excellent creative colleges in fields such as film and design.

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