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International Study at the University of Venda

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Dr Obadire represents Univen at the Internationalisation Policy Dialogues
1 month ago

Dr Obadire represents Univen at the Internationalisation Policy Dialogues

With the goal of exploring the implications of the Draft Policy Framework for the Internationalisation of Higher Education in South...
IMPALA Project responds to the needs in the South African higher education community
1 month ago

IMPALA Project responds to the needs in the South African higher education community

The IMPALA project was an Erasmus + Key Action 2: Capacity Building in Higher Education programme, funded by the European...
The relationship between UNIVEN and Hubei University of Technology anticipated to benefit both staff and students
2 months ago

The relationship between UNIVEN and Hubei University of Technology anticipated to benefit both staff and students

On Saturday, 24 November 2018, the University of Venda (UNIVEN) SMC held a meeting with a delegation from Hubei University...
Decolonisation may be a mirage without first entrenching Africanization
3 months ago

Decolonisation may be a mirage without first entrenching Africanization

On Wednesday, 17 October 2018, the University of Venda (Univen) hosted the Decolonisation and Internationalisation of Higher Education Provision Workshop...
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Applications for 2019 close on 28 September 2018. All our programme offers are found on the University website at www.univen.ac.za. After you have decided on an academic programme, you can apply download application forms from the website.

Follow this link to download application form

How to apply

Step 1
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

Step 2
• 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).
Step 3
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

Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate & Post graduate Programmes for International Students in SA Universities

  • 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
12 A
11 B
9 C
8 7 (90-100%) A 1 A 7 A+,A
7 7 (80-89%) B 2 D B 6 A-
6 6 (70-79%) C A 3 A E C 5 7 B+
5 5 (60-69%) D B B D 4 6 B, B-
4 4 (50-59%) E C C E 5 C+
3 3 (40-49%) F D 4
2 2 (30-39%) E
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.

Registration opens in January every year. Exact date for registration is announced in the University main website; www.univen.ac.za/Announcements

Before Registration, see below for documents required:

Study Visa

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:

Momentum https://www.momentum.co.za/for/you/home

CompCare http://www.compcare.co.za

Discovery https://www.discovery.co.za/portal/index.jsp

Bestmed http://www.bestmed.co.za/

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.sathekge@univen.ac.za

  1.       Nontlanhla.Ntakana@univen.ac.za
  2. iro@univen.ac.za


Visit the International Student Helpdesk for Further Assistance (+27 159692015)

Fees and Scholarships

Fees are paid annually at the beginning of the year.

International Students must pay registration fee and one third of tuition during registration. 





(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)  

Application for Masters and Doctoral Studies can be done throughout the year, but registration for 2018 was scheduled for the following dates:

  • 31January – 2 February 2018 (Special dates for registration of Masters and Doctoral Students)
  • 22 February 2018 (Final date for registration of Masters by course work)
  • 25 April 2018 (Final date for Admission and Registration of Masters and Doctoral Degrees by research)

Accomodation Fees

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

The University does not have scholarships/bursaries for international students. However, you can go through the links below to check eligibility criteria and apply directly:

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP https://www.cies.org/

AESOP+ http://www.aesopplus.eu/apply

DAAD https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/en/

NRF http://www.nrf.ac.za/bursaries/calls

NESO NUFFIC www.studyinholland.nl

RUFORUM www.ruforum.org

JICA www.jica.go.jp

CHINA www.csc.edu.cn

HUNGARY www.studyinhungary.hu

SCHOLARS4DEV www.scholars4dev.com

Contact Us

Dr Segun Obadire, Chief Administrative Officer
Tel: +27 15 962 8546 / +27 79 105 3928
Email: segun.obadire@univen.ac.za

About Us

Internationalisation has become a high priority in contemporary South African higher education. UNIVEN has responded by establishing its International Relations Office in May 2010. Another milestone for internationalisation at UNIVEN has been achieved with the establishment of the Directorate of International Relations. Cornelius Hagenmeier was appointed as the new Director of International Relations on 1 July 2011.

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.


Dr Segun Obadire, Chief Administrative Officer
Tel: +27 15 962 8546 / +27 79 105 3928
Email: segun.obadire@univen.ac.za

Mrs Nontlanhla Ntakana, Assistant International Relations Officer
Tel: +27 15 962 8546
Email: nontlanhla.ntakana@univen.ac.za

Ms Suzan Sathekge, International Student Administrator
Tel: +27 15 962 8546
Email: suzan.sathekge@univen.ac.za

Mr Hulisani Sithagu, International Student Administrator
Tel: +2715 962 8546
Email: hulisani.sithagu@univen.ac.za