International students at Rhodes should take note of the following information:
- By law, all international students must have South African Medical Aid for at least the period of 1 February to 31 December for the year that they are registering for. South African authorities now require proof of valid medical aid cover to apply for a Study Visa. To find out more, please read the Absa Medical Aid Letter 2014.
- It is possible to renew an existing (unexpired) Study Visa from within South Africa's borders. Applications to renew current visas must be submitted not fewer than 60 days before the expiry of the current visa. The application process must be done online, through the VFS website.
As of 2 June 2014, it is no longer possible to enter South Africa on a Visitor's Visa and then apply for a Study Visa. Students must apply for Study Visas in their countries of origin.
The only change that may be made to a visa in South Africa is to extend the end date (i.e. renewing a current visa).