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The 'rainbow nation' already has a reputation for vibrant multiculturalism and has taken centre stage as the host of global events like the 2010 World Cup. Now its universities are also gaining international attention as more and more students consider studying a Masters in South Africa.
Though a relatively new destination on the international education map, South Africa (and Africa as a whole) has already shown that it has much to offer.
The country's universities are becoming well-established in global and regional performance tables (and are already the best ranked in Africa). Meanwhile, a wide variety of programmes are being offered in English, making its higher education more accessible to growing numbers of international applicants.
Whether you want to research the region's rich cultural history, learn from its economic growth or research the conservation of Africa's vitally important ecosystems, you'll have a wide choice of unique educational opportunities and experiences available to you on a Masters in South Africa.
South Africa is an increasingly popular study abroad destination, home to over 42,000 international students.
Most South African Masters programmes last for one or two years. Longer courses usually have a more substantial independent research component. The academic year in South Africa runs from February to November.
Tuition fees in South Africa vary quite considerably. As a rough guide, international students should expect to pay between R25,000 and R70,000 (USD $2,100-5,870) per year on a Masters degree - some programmes may cost more.
English is one of the official languages of South Africa and is used on the majority of university degree programs. Some courses may also be delivered wholly or partly in other languages, such as Afrikaans.
International students will normally require a visa to study abroad in South Africa, though exceptions may be made for citizens of other African nations. You should check with your prospective university or with a South African embassy in your home country for more information.
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