International Study at the University of Venda
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How to apply
All applicants with non-South African School-leaving matric results require a certificate of exemption from the Matriculation Board of South Africa for admission into an undergraduate qualification. For more information regarding the Matriculation Exemptions please visit the Matriculation Board website on: www.usaf.ac.za
All applicants with non-South African qualifications are required to have their qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). For more information visit: http://www.saqa.org.za
• Undergraduates must complete undergraduate and accommodation forms obtainable from the website.
• Postgraduates must complete both under and postgraduate as well as accommodation forms
• Attach a transcript in English plus certified copies of your certificates of diplomas, degrees previously obtained.
• Attach certified copy of your passport.
• Attach a marriage or divorce decree for different surnames.
• Attach the identity document for a parent or legal guardian if less than 21 years.
• Attach HESA/SAQA certificates
• Pay a non-refundable application fee as indicated on the application form (R100)
Please note: the application fee must be paid only at the bank or by postal order or by EFT.
Banking details: ABSA BANK, ACCOUNT NO: 1 000 000 589 (Use your passport number as reference).
Submit completed applications with attachments to;
ATTN: Directorate of International Relations
University of Venda
Private Bag X5050, Thohoyandou, 0950, South Africa
Scan the application form together with attachments and email to:
You can check your application status by contacting the International Relations Staff at +27 159692015.
Requirements for Admission
- International Students are not admitted into all programmes and it is for this reason that certain programmes are omitted from the list below.
- Applicants can be directly admitted if they meet the minimum criteria prescribed by the Joint Matriculation Board of Universities SA http://www.he-enrol.ac.za/mb/forpres.htm and the School Points Score (SPS) as indicated below.
- Important to note not all subjects are recognized for exemption purposes and this information is regularly updated on the JMB website.
- IPS system allocates point values to the six best school leaving symbols in order to:
- Identify whether applicant meets the minimum criteria prescribed by the JMB;
- Identify whether applicant meets the grade requirements (see notes below);
- Identify whether applicant meets the compulsory school leaving subjects;
- Identify whether the applicant meets the English language requirement;
- Limitations to programmes are annually set by the enrolment planning process;
- International students are only accepted for full-time studies;
- All international students are tested before registration using CAAR access assessment for research purposes, where applicable developmental recommendations are provided to the appropriate persons in Faculties;
- The foreign school qualification is benchmarked against the South African school leaving certificate as the standard. The University may add additional requirements for specific programmes.
- Applicants from SADC countries only offering GCSE or O level need to have a 1 year in their home country University in order to qualify for the entry in the SA University
- For postgraduate student it is required that you submit your SAQA Certificate when submitting your application
For the final selection and scoring the following conversion table of International School systems apply:
Level and %
|Sen Cert HG||Sen Cert SG||HIGCSE NSSC||IGCSE O-level||A-level*||AS-level||IB HL||IB SL||KCSE|
|5||5 (60-69%)||D||B||B||D||4||6||B, B-|
|1 or 0||1 (0-29%)||F|
- Applicants completing Cambridge administered examinations will be accepted with the following grades:
- A-level: Grades A, B, C and D
- O-level: Grades a, b and c
- Students completing non-Cambridge administered examinations will be accepted with the following grades:
- A-level: Grades A, B and C
- O level: Grades a, b and c
- In addition to the above applicants must meet the minimum SPS score and programme related requirements;
- Programmes where compulsory school leaving subjects are indicated candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
- O- level: minimum B grade
- A-level: minimum D grade OR the equivalent grade from other school leaving systems as indicated in the conversion table
- International Baccalaureate Diploma: At least 27 points required.
- International Baccalaureate Certificate: Pass marks in two Higher Level, and three Subsidiary Level subjects, including English. Pass marks = symbols 5 to 7.
Before Registration, see below for documents required:
Any student, who is not a South African citizen or a permanent residence in South Africa, must be in possession of a study visa in order to register at the University. It may take up to three months to obtain a study visa and prospective international students are advised to apply as early as possible.
As from May 2014 the new immigration Act requires all international students applying for study permits in South African to apply through VSF Global through online services www.vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica/ .VSF online services includes; Study Visa, Study Renewal Visa, Visitors Visa, Critical Skills Visa and General Work Visa amongst other services.
All applications for study visas need to be submitted at the South African embassy or consulate at your country of origin. You cannot apply for a new study visa /change of visa within South Africa’s borders.
How to apply for a Study Visa?
The applicant must first apply and be accepted by the University of choice before they may apply for a study visa. For this, the applicant needs a provisional admission/acceptance letter from the University .Students will not be able to obtain a valid study visa without an admission letter.
Documents required for a Study Visa / Study Visa Renewal:
- An original letter of acceptance from the University
- A valid passport
- Proof of comprehensive medical insurance
- Proof of accommodation
- A Radiology Report not older than 6 months
- A medical report not older than 6 months
- Police clearance certificate issued by the police
- The student must have proof of sufficient funds to pay for day-to-day living expenses, as well as tuition fees during his/her stay in South Africa.
Medical Health Cover of which could be:
or any other recognized south African medical aid service provider
Proof of payment for Registration fee (please see Univen fee structure on the website)
Proof of payment for Status of Recognition for students who studied in another tertiary institution (please see Univen fee structure on the website).
N.B. All these payments must be deposited into the University’s bank account, ABSA, 1 000 000 589
You can email these documents to: 1. Suzan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the International Student Helpdesk for Further Assistance (+27 159692015)
Fees and Scholarships
International Students must pay registration fee and one third of tuition during registration.
R100-00 APPLICATION FEE MUST BE PAID AT ABSA BANK ACCOUNT NO.
1 000 000 589 AND STATE YOUR STUDENT NUMBER OR FIRST 8 DIGITS OF YOUR ID.
NUMBER IF YOU ARE A FIRST ENTERING STUDENT ON REFERENCE COLUMN. KINDLY
ATTACH THE DEPOSIT SLIP ON THIS APPLICATION FORM. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS USE SWIFT CODE: ABSAZAJJ WITH REFERENCE NUMBER AS PASSPORT NUMBER WITHOUT ALPHABET.
(NB:. Application forms without this fee will not be considered and if applying for the first time at this University make sure you fill in the general application form (undergraduate form as well)
An initial amount stipulated on the fees calendar must be paid on top of registration fee for University accommodation. Accommodation is on first come first serve basis. International students should submit their residence form with the application form.
Scholarships and Bursaries
FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP https://www.cies.org/
NESO NUFFIC www.studyinholland.nl
Tel: +27 15 962 8546 / +27 79 105 3928
The new Directorate advances the process of internationalisation at UNIVEN. UNIVEN conceives internationalisation as the process of integrating an international and intercultural dimension into the teaching, research, community engagement and service functions of the University. The core function of the new Directorate is to contribute to the expansion of international activities and to service international students and staff members of UNIVEN. It collaborates with all stakeholders at UNIVEN to grow, nurture and develop international linkages, partnerships and related activities.
I serves as the secretariat of the reviewed Partnerships, Linkages and Internationalisation Committee of Senate. The new Directorate has contributed to developing an internationalisation strategy for UNIVEN through the revision of the strategic objective relating to Linkages, Partnerships and Internationalisation in UNIVEN’s Strategic Plan 2012 – 2016.
Name: Miss Suzan Manki Sathekge
Designation: International Student Administrator (
Name: Dr Ndanduleni Bernard Nthambeleni
Designation: Vice Chancellor & Principal
Name: Mrs Muvhulawa Esther Munano
Designation: Executive Assistant
Name: Mr Hulisani Viccel Sithagu
Designation: International Student Administrator (
Name: Dr Olusegun Samson Obadire
Designation: Chief Administrative Officer
Name: Ms Azwianewi Marindili
Designation: Internal Audit Assistant
Name: Adv Mphiriseni Irene Netangaheni
Designation: Executive Secretary
Name: Mr Edward Nkhangweleni Lambani
Designation: Director Legal Services
Name: Mrs Muendanyi Diana Makwarela
Designation: Director Internal Audit
Name: Mr Tiniyiko Alleck Sibiya
Designation: Risk Officer
Name: Mr Thanyani Mphephu
Designation: Student Discipline Officer
Name: Mrs Sephiwe Nelly Lubisi
Designation: Legal Officer
Name: Adv Avhapfani Eric Nemukula
Designation: Labour Relations Manager
Name: Mrs Nontlanhla Ntakana
Designation: Assistant International Relations