All International students must follow the following procedure when applying for admission at Walter Sisulu University:
All international students are to apply for evaluation of qualifications through South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and Higher Education South Africa (HESA). For further information, send email enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete a WSU application form for admission.
- Submit a transcript in English plus certified copies of your certificates, diplomas, degrees previously obtained.
- Submit certified copy of your passport.
- Submit a marriage or divorce decree(s).
- Submit the identity document for a parent or legal guardian if less than 21 years.
- Pay a non-refundable application fee. See more information about fees
You can download an application form and view course guide (prospectus) on our website www.wsu.ac.za.
All international students must be in possession of a valid study permit before they register at Walter Sisulu University. Study permits are issued by South African High Commission or South African Embassy of the student’s home country.
These are some of the documents that will be needed for the study permit application.
- A letter of acceptance
- Valid passport
- 2 identity photographs
- Administration fee determined and payable to respective embassies
- A deposit slip, or bank statement. Students from other African countries are not required to pay this deposit provided that the Government of their country submit a written undertaking to pay all costs relating to deportation of the student should it become necessary
- Proof of sufficient funds for tuition, accommodation and living costs [bank statement, pay slip, or undertaking by a sponsor]
- Proof of Medical Aid cover
- A Police clearance certificate [less than 6 months]
- Medical and radiological reports [less than 6 months old]
- Yellow fever vaccination certificate [if relevant]
- Relevant certificates if married, widowed, divorced, or separated
A study permit is now issued for a period of study and therefore must be renewed at least 30 days before the expiry date. It can be renewed at the Department of Home Affairs anywhere in South Africa. No applications will be accepted by the department of Home Affairs after the expiry date.
The following documents are to be submitted when applying for a study permit renewal:
- Valid passport
- Valid study permit
- Administration fee
- Confirmation letter from the institution stating the duration of studies
- Proof of funds [bank statements, pay slip or letter of undertaking from sponsor if applicable]
- Police clearance certificate [less than 6 months from each country the applicant have resided for longer a year]
- Medical and radiology reports [ less than 6 months]
- Yellow fever vaccination if applicable
- Proof of residence during your period of study
- Deportation guarantee.
Registration and tuition fees
During registration all international students must pay a once off payment of R2000.00 international levy plus the registration fee(except refugees).SADC students are required to pay the same tution fee as South African students,but other international students must pay two and half times the normal tuition.No international student will be allowed to write the final exams with an outstanding balance.
When registering, all sponsored students must submit an original copy of an official letter of sponsorship.
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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
ISA was formed in 2008 as a result of merger between former Border Technikon, UNITRA and Eastern Cape Technikon. It is an association formed by international students to bring themselves together in order to achieve the following objectives;
Objectives of ISA
- To promote liaison between international students, the community and university.
- To promote cultural interaction between local and international students.
- To assist in recruitment, registration and orientation of international students.
- To seek and foster ties with International Students Association from local and international institution.
- To create an environment that will be of interest and attract more international students to the university.
- To promote a better understanding among international student without bias of religion, ethnic, or political cause.
- To maintain a linkage between the university and international students during and after completion of study.
- To create an enabling environment for “the home-away from home.
Walter Sisulu University has a diverse community and once a year in the third semester international students organise a cultural day to showcase their cultures through music, dance, food, and attire.
Isingqi sakwaNtu (NMD traditional dancers), dressed in Xhosa attire and dancing in Butterworth Campus, Ibika Site
At the beginning of each academic year international students visit WSU campuses, some historical sites, the beach and all emergency points surrounding WSU campuses.
International students come together to play at the beach as a way of celebrating a new season of beauty and warmth. They play all sorts of games, make friends and a braai (barbeque).
There are lots of options with regard to accommodation. Students can reside on campus or off campus in the residential areas surrounding the university.
- Mthatha campuses can accomodate 3222 students
- Butterworth campuses can accomodate 80 students
- Buffalo City campuses can accommodate 248.
- The university has a lot of this kind of accommodation. Residential areas are usually around the university, but in a case where they are far from the university transport will be arranged for a fee.
- This is a private accommodation and managed privately by owners of the property. Security in residences is one of the priorities for the university and you need to double check safety in your new home.The most popular private residences in East London are:
- 26 Mund Street, Saxibily, Amalinda, East London
- 23 Shalion Court, St Peters Rd, Southernwood, East London
For further information on accommodation, click here
The Eastern Cape Province, where WSU is located, lies between the subtropical conditions of KwaZulu-Natal and the Mediterranean conditions of the Western Cape.MoreThe climate around this region varies considerably but has year round holiday weather. The coastal region experience long, hot, balmy conditions and high rainfall, while its inlands experience long hot summer months and moderate winters. Summers are 16ºC to 31ºC of temperate and in winter temperatures ranges from 12ºC to 26ºC, except Mthatha some winter days could be as cold as 5º C.
South African Currency
The South African currency is Rand (ZAR).
The following means of transport are commonly used by students:
Travel by bus
- Greyhound 083 915 9000 www.greyhound.co.za
- Translux 0861 589 282 www.translux.co.za
- City to City 0861 589 282
Travel by train
- Shosholoza 0860 210 4258
Travel by air
- SAA (South African Airways) 0861 359 722 www.flysaa.co.za
Accommodation prior to registration
If you arrive before registration, you can book in at any of the following guest houses, hotels or Bed & Breakfast establishments:
East London (Buffalo City campus)
Premier Hotel King David, corner of Currie Str & Inverthleith Terrance, Quigney
Telephone: 043 722 3174
Butterworth (Ibika campus)
Wayside hotel, Wayside Street, Butterworth
Telephone: 047 359 0077
Mthatha (Nelson Mandela Drive campus)
Hlalanathi Myezo Lodge, 1 Botha Sigcau, Myezo Park
Telephone: 047 537 0330/072 726 2828
Garden Court Southern Sun, 2 Botha Sigcau, off Nelson Mandela Drive
Telephone: 047 537 018
Telephone +27 43 7029267
Fax +27 43 702 9274 (F)
Administrative Assistant (Mthatha)
Telephone +27 47 502 2955
Administrative Officer (Chiselhurst)
Telephone +27 43 709 4030