Programs in South Africa


Science and Technology Information

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Republic of South Africa ensures that there is greater coordination, integration as well as better management of all government funded science and technology institutions and provides a holistic overview of public expenditure on science and technology.

The National Research Foundation (NRF) conducts research and provides access to National Research Facilities. The NRF provides services to the research community especially at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Science Councils with a view to promote high-level human capital development. The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) aims to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa. SAASTA is a business unit of the NRF.

Some other resources for getting information on South African S&T initiatives are:


Education System

Formal education in South Africa is categorized according to three levels – General Education and Training, Further Education and Training (FET) and Higher Education (HE). Schooling is compulsory through grade 9, but students may opt at the successful completion of grade 9 to obtain their General Education and Training Certificate and to pursue employment or technical training. Those continuing into senior secondary school for grades 10-12 must pass matriculation examinations.

South Africa has 11 official languages, but schools and universities generally use either English or Afrikaans as the language of instruction.

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Visa Information

Citizens of some countries, including the United States, do not need a visa for stays of 90 days or less. The list of visa exemptions can be accessed on the website for the Department of Home Affairs.

Types of Visas

Transit visas (foreigners enroute to the neighboring countries)

• Diplomatic visas

Official visa (official passport holders)

  • Visitor's visa, issued to the following categories:
    - visits to family or friends and also for tourism purposes
    - business purposes
    - spouse to join a spouse who is in South Africa on a work or study permit
    - children to join parents who are in South Africa on work or study permits
    - fiancée/ fiancé to join his or her partner with the intension of marrying within 90 days
    - study purposes (max stay 3-months)
    - charitable or voluntary activities
    - research
    - conferences
    - to work in the production of an movie or show (i.e., in the entertainment industry)
    - for medical purposes (max stay 3-months)
    - sport events

Work and Study permits are also issued. For more details contact the nearest South African consulate or refer to the Immigration Services section of the website for The Department of Home Affairs.