South Africa is emerging to be among the world’s most exciting study locations. This is illustrated by the ever increasing number of international students. It’s not only the cultural diversity and abundance of wildlife and natural resources that draws students from all over the world, the country also has a number of internationally recognised universities.
The 2012/13 rankings of international universities listed University of Cape Town, University of Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch University, University of Pretoria and University of Kwazulu-Natal among the best universities in the world.
The popularity of South Africa as a study destination is evident if we consider that at the University of Cape Town alone international students are in excess of 2000 (undergraduates and postgraduates). In addition to this, the institution has outward and inward exchange programs with partner institutions such as the Barnard College (USA).
The University of Cape Town also helps and facilitates transfer for international students and visitors interested in visiting the institution to undertake research within the country. The university is also a member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) consortium that aims to create a global research community responding to global needs and challenges.
The thriving South African economy also ensures that students taking disciplines that require internships have a broad range of companies to consider. For example, South Africa has an established motor vehicle manufacture industry producing vehicles such as Hummer, Mercedes Benz and BMW. In addition to this South African wildlife conservations and beaches attract many visitors and offer internships for hospitality students. Studying in South Africa is likely to be worthwhile as the high quality institutions even have partners who offer education grants to support specific goals.