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New UK student visa option now available to South Africans

Source: News24, 28/11/2020

South African students interested in starting the application process need to ensure they meet the basic entry requirements; this includes securing an offer from their chosen university.

`Due to complicated and confusing visa processes, local students have often been discouraged from applying to international universities,` says Rebecca Pretorius, Country Manager at global mentorship company Crimson Education.

`The UK`s new student visa route opens up an opportunity for South Africans with dreams of studying overseas, provided they have applied to and been accepted at a UK university,` she explains.
Prospective international students are required to achieve a total of 70 points to be granted a UK student visa.For 50 points, students must present proof of an unconditional offer from an approved educational institution, including a reference number from the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
The course must also lead to an approved qualification, at an appropriate level of study.
For a further 10 points, students must demonstrate that they can speak, read, write and understand English to the required standard for the level, of course, they intend to study.
To secure the remaining 10 points, students must show that they can financially support themselves throughout their studies in the UK.
Students can apply via the new student visa route from October 2020, at a cost of £348 (around R7 500, depending on the current exchange rate).
The most difficult part of the process for many hopeful students will be the process of applying to international universities.
`Every country and university has its requirements, including extracurriculars, essays, admissions tests and portfolios,` says Pretorius.
`Considering the complexity of the applications and competitiveness of top universities abroad, students should consider the services of an admissions company, who can assist in all areas of the candidacy building and application process,` she advises.
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