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Study permits

Before leaving home you must make sure that you have a valid CPUT study permit for entry into South Africa. Study permits are issued for specific academic institutions. If you would like to change institutions, you must obtain a new study permit. Also note that permits are limited to a specific period of time and you may have to renew your permit during your period of study.

Please make sure that you renew your permit one month before the expiry date to avoid penalties from the department of Home Affairs.

Applying for a study permit

You must apply for your study permit at the South African High Commission, Embassy, Consulate or Trade Mission in your country of origin. If there is no South African representative in your country, your application should be directed to the Commission, Embassy, Consulate or Trade Mission in the country nearest to your home country

You will need:

  • an application form
  • a valid passport
  • a letter of provisional admission and a letter of undertaking from CPUT
  • a medical certificate
  • proof of medical cover that will be valid in South Africa or details of arrangements made with regard to medical cover or insurance to be obtained on arrival
  • a repatriation guarantee
  • a study permit fee
  • medical aid cover or insurance
  • confirmation letter from your medical aid that you will be covered while in SA.

You are also advised to submit an application for a multiple entry visa. Please note that you might be required to pay a fee for a re-entry.

Renewing of Study Permit

It is your responsibility to renew your study permit in good time and at least 60 days prior to the expiry date.

Procedure for the requesting of the renewal of your study permit:

1)     Download the Renewal of Study Visa form here 

2)     Complete the first section of the form with your student-related credentials.

3)     Submit the completed form to your Faculty Officer who will in return complete and sign the second section of the form. 

  1. Please access the CPUT website online assistance for faculty-specific contact details.  The link is  https://www.cput.ac.za/enquiries

4)     Attach certified copies (certification stamp must not be older than 3 months) of the following documents:

  1. passport and 
  2. expiring study visa issued to you by the Department of Home Affairs

5)     The duly signed Study Visa Renewal form (by yourself and the Faculty) together with above-certified documents must be submitted via e-mail to Ms B Sichwaru, SichwaruB@cput.ac.za or Ms H Mbolekwa, MbolekwaP@cput.ac.za