It is wrong who thinks that South Africa is made up of only large savannas, safaris and wild animals. Think of a multiethnic country with great buildings, luxury cars and paradisiacal beaches!
South Africa is one of the oldest countries and is the largest economy on the continent. It was colonized by the Dutch and then by English, so the English language is one of the official languages – one of them, because South Africa has another 10! Out there we have already realized how multicultural the country is, so much so that South Africa is knownas the ” Rainbow Nation“.
Cultural diversity has built a country with a rich gastronomy,with various influences of all the peoples who settled here, especially the European and the native. One of the legaves that South Africa carries, because of British colonization, is the taste for teas. One of the most consumed in the country is Rooibos, made from an indigenous plant. Among the main dishes are melkert, a pastel very similar to pastel de nata, which is also served sprinkled by cinnamon; the braai, the delicious barbecues where you can not miss the boerewors (sausages) and bobotie, a kind of pie with curry; biltong, a kind of dried meat; and gatsby, a huge sandwich stuffed with meat, cheese and french fries. In addition, the country is has become in recent years one of the main destinations for wine connoisseurs,by producing a high quality drink.
A differential or, in this case, a similarity that makes the country one of the most sought after destinations by Brazilians is the climate. That’s because South Africa has a climate similar to ours: with well-defined seasons, sunny and warm summers and cold winters.
South Africa is still one of the most sought after destinations for ecotourism and has some of the most beautiful trails in the world, as well as many places for extreme sports. It was also there that trekking arose,still in the 19th century, when the first Dutch workers who colonized South Africa practiced the sport as a means of displacement in the region. The word of South African origin means “follow a trail”.
The country appeals to all audiences, with its beautiful coasts, magnificent mountain ranges, deserts, lakes, savannas and waterfalls. Talk to one of our consultants and find out more about your next destination!
How and Why to Start Study in South Africa – Courses, Investment, Planning and Visa Process
One of the main reasons that leads our exchange students to study in South Africa, for sure, is the low value of investment. But, of course, this is not the only reason, because Africa has much to offer for Brazilian students who seek to improve their English.
Another itis that often has weight when choosing the destination is the weather. Being one of the countries located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the same as in Brazil. In summer, from December to March, temperatures are around 25º, while in winter they are between 7º to 20º, very similar to the south and southeast of Brazil.
Another advantage is the value of the tickets,which is very competitive compared to the classic destinations of exchange students. This is due to the increase in tourism in South Africa in recent years, mainly after the 2010 World Cup. Today it is possible to find passages with the same values or smaller as Europe, United States and Canada.
VISA: Indians who will stay for up to 90 days do not require a visa, whether for tourism, studies or business.
It is necessary to have the passport valid for at least one month from the date of return to India and have at least one full blank page.
It is also necessary to present the International Certificate of Vaccine, the CIV, against yellow fever, which must be taken at least 10 days before shipment.
For exchange students who will stay more than 90 days must apply for a student visa mandatorily.
To obtain a student visa, it is necessary to present the following documents:
- Form (BI-1738) duly completed and signed.
- Two recent 3X4 size photos. They don’t have to be dated.
- Passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from South Africa. If you have previous passports, also present them.
- Proof of studies in Brazil (conclusion or frequency); Copies of diplomas and certificates prior and relevant if any. If you study English in Brazil, include voucher.
- Original letter from the employer proving links (if employed) or authorizing for vacation or leave.
- If you are an employer/entrepreneur: Copy of the Social Contract.
- Letter of acceptance from the school in South Africa. Important that it contains school logo and address.
- Proof of yellow fever vaccine.
- If married, send marriage certificate.
- Criminal record certificate. This certificate must not have been issued for more than 6 months.
- Medical Certificate, which should read, sign and stamp the forms: BI-806 and BI-811
- Proof of medical coverage in South Africa (health insurance).
- IMPORTANT: For minors under 21 years old, authorization is required for a minor traveling unaccompanied with a notarised signature of the parents. If you don’t have a template, make a request that we’ll send you.
It is also necessary to provide financial documentation, which may be from the applicant and/or from whom he is granting him financial support:
- Letter of financial responsibility with recognized signature firm;
- Proof that you have sufficient resources available to stay in South Africa;
- Last income tax with the delivery receipt along with the last three holerites; and/or social contract plus bank statements (important to present some savings or investment).
IMPORTANT: savings, investment or any type of application must be presented even if already demonstrated in income tax (holerites and statements).
The visa review time can reach up to 8 weeks, so schedule yourself in advance.
Our students have all the advice necessary to obtain a visa.
For peace of mind, contact our consultants and ask all your questions.