Studying at a foreign university: what is at stake?

For millions of African youths and adults, whose countries’ education system is found to be chaotic and seriously underdeveloped, studying in a foreign university is a matter of pride, excellence and a quick passport to getting a good, well-paying job.

In the SADC region, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana appear to be the countries of choice to study for thousands of SADC citizens – undergraduates and post-graduates – the majority of whom hope to stay put in these so-called fine countries for various reasons once the game of study is over.

SADC higher education: figures and facts

A study conducted by the Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) found that the SADC region comprises 66 public universities, 119 publicly-funded polytechnics or colleges and 178 private universities or colleges.

SARUA is an organisation representing vice-chancellors of public universities.

South Africa has 23 of the public universities and 70% of overall enrolments in the region, according to the same report. Five of the 15 countries – Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland – have a single public university.

In other countries, numbers range from two in Malawi and Mauritius to nine in Zimbabwe.

Zambia has three public universities, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mozambique have four, Madagascar has six and Tanzania has eight.

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Welcome to the new world

But studying in a foreign university, whether private or public, is not bread and butter as the fees are high, the challenges are enormous and the pressure is tremendous.

Therefore, only the youths issued from the well-off families, financially stable and working people attempt this epic journey.

Caroline Nzoigba, a DRC student who proceeded to South Africa to study for a master’s after graduating from the University of Kinshasa, recounts tales of excitement, sadness, loneliness, xenophobia, shock of cultures, discrimination and violent crime.

“The pasture is not always green on the other side,” Nzoigba says. “Sometimes, you feel that everyone – lecturers, administrators and fellow students – is against you and seems to be plotting your downfall.” “As a foreign student, you don’t get the same treatment as locals in all aspects, and that really pisses you off,” she says, adding that rent, transport, funding, among others, are first of all given priority to locals.

“Jane”, a Zambian student who studied in Zimbabwe for six years and went on to live there for 10 years, says the situation is not always sweet as many people think.

“If I had my way, I wouldn’t send my future kids or any of my family to study abroad, especially in Southern Africa, and in these so-called advanced countries”.

“We all had the same level of study and the same degrees and attended the same institution, but I was discriminated against when it came to jobs.”

“I still believe that I was good enough to get those positions but twice I missed out because I was a foreigner.”

Portrait of postgraduate studies in SADC

There are around 57 700 masters and 10 600 doctoral students in SADC, most of them in South Africa, a SARUA study found, adding that postgraduate registrations were critically low through much of the region, impacting on high level skills available.

However, despite getting the biggest chunk of postgraduate registrations, South Africa is seen to be a hostile land for many foreign students, who nevertheless brave the country’s xenophobic tendencies – both from government and learning institutions – to harvest success.

An eye-opener research conducted by the Academy of Science of South Africa and published by the Mail & Guardian newspaper shows that international students who attend South African institutions tend to finish their doctorates faster (in about 4.5 to 4.6 years) than their local counterparts (who take an average of 4.9 years).

“The quicker the completion rate for a postgraduate degree, the more the institution benefits from government subsidies,” the research added.

“Not so many bursaries are available for postgraduate international students … Yet the research that we do is applicable to South Africa and benefits the same country that denies funding to international students,” the South Africa-based weekly newspaper quoted one postgraduate student as saying.

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Education is crucial to South Africa’s success: Ramaphosa

Thousands of learners and students attended the Youth Development and Career Expo at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in Soweto to listen to government’s plan for youth development in South Africa.

The expo was convened by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Learners and students who attended the Expo were inspired by leaders from government on how they can be successful in their studies.

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They came from all corners of the province to get career advice.

The High School learners were exposed to various career opportunities. They believe the Expo will help them make right choices with their careers.

One learner says, “We are here to experience everything that people are doing and we are going to be successful. We want to go forward and make our dreams come true.”

Another says, “I am hoping to be well informed about the career choices that I have already made and to seek guidance so that I will be well informed when I finish Matric.”

“I want to become a teacher one day. This Career Expo has given me the confidence to do better in my studies. It has motivated me to push myself and to find out more about the teaching profession. I want to make a difference in people’s lives so I look forward to a bright future,” says a third learner.

Deputy President, Ramaphosa has urged learners to take every opportunity the government  is presenting to them.

He says learners should also love their subjects at school in order for them to succeed.

“We are investing a lot of money in your education. If you look at our budget today most of the money that we are spending on percentage basis goes to education. We doing this because we are determined to invest in your education we are determined to invest in you.”

Gauteng’s MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, says his department is doing everything  in its power to support and develop learners in the province.

He has committed to providing financial support to top achievers of each school.

“Every learner who occupies position one, position two, position three in every school – that particular learner will be given a bursary for four years at the university of their choice. We need to reward our young heroes we need to give them opportunities and we need to ensure that they get educated.”

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Msunduzi offers pupils full bursaries

Pietermaritzburg – Two matriculants from the Emafakatini Location near Vulindlela were bursting with excitement yesterday when Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela announced they would receive full bursaries to study at university this year.

The two young women, Thobeka Ngcobo and Nonsikelelo Ngcobo (not related), were among 16 pupils who received full bursaries yesterday at the city hall.

As part of the mayor’s special projects, Ndlela also named 58 pupils whom the council would assist in paying their registration fees. This is the fourth year the mayor’s office has awarded these bursaries.

Thobeka Ngcobo, who received four distinctions in matric last year, said she was one of the first in her family to attend university.

 “I never thought I would get this opportunity. It is my dream come true,” she said.

The ecstatic Ngcobo would study for her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Westville.

“My results from matric were very good. I received As in mathematics, accounting, Zulu and business economics. I am so grateful for this opportunity,” she said.

Ngcobo said that her parents were very proud of her when they received the news that she would be studying at a tertiary institution.

“We didn’t have the money for my studies. We suffered a little in our lives so I am very grateful for this gift from the mayor and the municipality,” she said.

Nonsikelelo Ngcobo would study for a Bachelor of Education degree at UKZN’s Edgewood campus.

The project by the mayor’s office awarded the bursaries to pupils who hail from disadvantaged backgrounds, whose parents earn less than R1 000 and who excelled at school.

More than R400 000 in bursaries was awarded yesterday.

Msunduzi’s youth manager Sibongile Mchunu said they chose the pupils very carefully.

“We looked at the pupils who did exceptionally well at school, but did not have the funds to further their studies,” she said.

The 74 pupils to benefit were from the Edendale, Vulindlela, Imbali and Azalea areas in Pietermaritzburg.

The pupils would study a range of courses, varying from engineering to teaching, to horticulture.

Ndlela advised the pupils to concentrate on their studies, as this was a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity for them.

“Education needs sacrifice and you should pursue your studies. Entertainment can take the back seat until you qualify in your respective fields,” he advised the pupils.

Ndlela told the pupils that they were the “lucky ones” and they should not waste the opportunity.

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Water and Sanitation invites applications for Bursary/Scholarship programme 2016

Youth encouraged to apply for DWS Bursary/Scholarship programme 2016

There is a shortage of skills in the water and sanitation sector. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) as the custodian of South Africa’s water resources, through its Learning Academy External Bursary Scheme, provides bursaries yearly to aid in closing this gap. DWS is welcoming all applicants who would like to pursue careers that are in line with the department’s core business.

The Department of Water and Sanitation scheme boasts an all-inclusive package recognised in South Africa as being highly competitive. The DWS External Bursary Scheme aims to attract exceptional young and innovative talent to the department; those that are adequately talented in this regard and wish to become part of SA’s water and sanitation sector team, need to be aware that  the DWS is ready to change their lives.

Students pursuing the following fields of study are eligible to apply: Analytic chemistry, Aquatic Sciences, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Cartography, Civil/Electrical/Mechanical engineering, Environmental Law/Management/ Science, Geo-chemistry, Geographical information systems, Geo-hydrology, Geology, Hydrology, Limnology, Microbiology, Surveying, Water and Sanitation, Water Care, Water Resource Management, and Water Utilisation.

The Learning Academy is committed to the effective administration of the programme, ensuring the provision of an immediate response to the perceived and imminent threat of skills shortages within DWS and the water and sanitation sector in South Africa. The immediate objectives of the Learning Academy are to forestall a skills shortage within DWS that will arise from the retirement of senior engineering and technical management personnel.

Currently DWS bursaries for the full time pre- and post-graduate studies are granted on an annual basis to learners at these South African universities:

  • University of Pretoria
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Free State
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of the Western Cape
  • University of Limpopo
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Cape Peninsula of University of Technology
  • Vaal University of Technology
  • University of Venda
  • University of Witwatersrand
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Zululand

Bursaries will be allocated on the basis of a balanced consideration of academic performance, race and gender, financial need, need of DWS in reference to the specific qualification, and an interview schedule. Assistance will be provided on a year-to-year basis and bursaries will be renewed only if performance of bursars is satisfactory. Successful applicants to the bursary scheme receive full tertiary registration and tuition costs, residence and meal fees, book allowance, and an annual personal allowance.

The Department of Water and Sanitation will require bursars who obtain their qualifications to join the department’s Learning Academy on a fixed term contract for a period of maximum five years but not less than three years. To obtain the application form, the applicants should go to

The closing date for 2016 bursary applications is 31 July 2015.

If you have a passion for water and sanitation, don’t let this great opportunity pass you by.

For enquiries:
Verena Meyer
Tel 012 336 7448

Sputnik Ratau
Director: Media Liaison
Email: 082 784 2942

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New Youth Bursaries and opportunities for development

Eskom Fet College Bursaries

Closing Date: 31 July 2015

Further Education & Training (FET)
  • Boiler Makers
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electricians
  • Fitters & Turners
  • Mechanical
  • Millwrights
  • Welders
  • Plumbers
  • Bricklayers
  • Carpenters


Individuals legible to apply must meet the following requirements:-

  • Applicants must be South African citizens with a valid ID number
  • National Senior Certificate or equivalent
  • Written proof of acceptance for admission by higher education institution
  • Applicants must be for full time studies at an accredited South African institution
  • Applicants must be willing to undergo an interview and medical examination or health declaration

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Bursaries In Chemical Engineering

Bursaries are awarded to successful candidates to complete a degree in Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical or Industrial). These students will ‘work back’ their bursaries for a period equal to the period of their studies.

Bursaries are awarded to successful candidates for the following course of study:

  • BEng/BSc Chemical Engineering
  • BEng/BSc Electrical Engineering
  • BEng/BSc Industrial Engineering
  • BEng/BSc Mechanical Engineering

If you are interested in Workplace Experience opportunities such as In-service training, Internships or Work Integrated Learning or applying for a bursary read more here

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Mintek’s Undergraduate and Postgraduate Bursaries Program in South Africa

Deadline: July 31, 2015

 Type: Fully Funded
Location: South Africa

Mintek is offering undergraduate and postgraduate bursary programme for South African students. Mintek’s Undergraduate Bursary Programme ensures a steady supply of trained and highly skilled technical people for Mintek to meet a major portion of company’s operational, research and development manpower needs, and also to provide appropriately-skilled graduates to the broader South African minerals and metallurgy sector, as per Mintek’s Mission Statement. The closing date for undergraduate applications is 31 July 2015. There is no closing date to submit applications to Mintek’s Postgraduate Bursary Programme (for Masters Studies and above).

Mintek’s Postgraduate Bursary Programme further equips undergraduates through the development of research methodology skills at the Masters level, followed by the generation of original research that contributes new knowledge to a field at the Doctorate level. Bursaries cover the full payment of registration, tuition and residence fees, plus an allowance with a commitment to work at Mintek on a month-for-month basis. Bursars are also given the opportunity to work closely with experts in their field of interest as well as in other disciplines.

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Aspen: Graduate / Internship Programme 2015

Location: Johannesburg
: 9 – 12 months

Marketing Development Programme

This Internship programme is for a fixed period of 12 months during which learners will be exposed to practical and theoretical knowledge of pharmaceutical marketing. It is envisaged that field trips will form part of the curriculum as such learners must be willing and able to travel.

  • Must have a completed a BCom Marketing Degree / Marketing Diploma
  • Be in possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Be computer literate (Microsoft – Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Work well under pressure
  • Able to work in a team
  • Have strong attention to detail
  • Project management capabilities
  • High learning agility
  • Be results oriented
  • Be customer focused
  • Able to prioritise and multi-task
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills
  • Numerate
  • Take Initiative
  • Have a positive, can do attitude
  • South African Citizen
How to apply

Apply for the Aspen  Marketing Development Programme

Procurement Development Programme

This Internship programme is for a fixed period of 12 months during which learners will be exposed to practical and theoretical knowledge of procurement. It is envisaged that field trips will form part of the curriculum as such learners must be willing and be able to travel.


In order to be considered for this opportunity, applicants must meet these minimum requirements:

  • Must have a completed a B Degree in Business Management / Supply Chain
  • Be computer literate (Microsoft)
  • South African Citizen
  • Work well under pressure
  • Able to work in a team
  • Have strong attention to detail
  • Project management capabilities
  • High learning agility
  • Be results oriented
  • Be customer focused
  • Able to prioritise and multi-task
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills
  • Numerate
  • Take Initiative
  • Have a positive, can do attitude
How to apply

Apply for the Procurement Development Programme

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Nanoteq: Engineering Bursary Programme 2015

Closing Date: 21 January 2015

Nanoteq is a South African company which provides custom cryptographic security solutions and products to our local and international clients.

Nanoteq is offering bursaries to second and third year students studying full-time towards an undergraduate university degree in Electronic and / or Computer Engineering.

The main criteria for selection of applicants are an active interest in research and development and academic potential.

Applications are open to:

  • Young South African citizens from previously disadvantaged communities.
  • Second and third year students in Electronic and / or Computer Engineering.

Bursary amount:

  • R 80,000 per annum

Main selection criteria:

  • Academic merit

Closing date: The closing date for the receipt of applications by Nanoteq is 21 January 2015. Terms and conditions, as per the information letter will apply.

How to apply

Please request a bursary application form from:

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NYDA Solomon Mahlangu: Bursary / Scholarship 2015

Closing Date: 23 January 2015

The Scholarship Fund provides financial support to young people who have been accepted to pursue full-time degrees in courses that fall within the priority growth sectors and critical and scarce skills areas as outlined in the labour planning frameworks of the country. Deadline for new applications is 23 January 2015.

The Scholarship Fund, which the NYDA is striving to make the biggest on the continent, will benefit deserving South African youth who meet the minimum entry requirements set by the NYDA – youth who have been admitted for study at Universities and Universities of Technology and Further Education and Training Colleges across the country. International scholarships will be considered if they have been endorsed by a South African government department or a credible public or private agency.

The Scholarship Fund covers 100% costs of the student’s studies, including tuition, books, meals and accommodation.

The Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund is in honour of the late struggle icon, Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, a young member of Umkhonto Wesizwe who was wrongfully arrested and in 1979, aged 23, executed under apartheid laws.

Students who will be considered for the scholarship are those who have been accepted to register in the following fields of study:

  •  Information Technology
  •  Law
  •  Tourism
  •  Geology
  •  Logistics
  •  Pharmacy
  •  Journalism
  •  Agriculture
  •  Engineering
  •  Development Studies
  •  Supply Chain Management
How to apply

Applications are to be made directly to the participating University / University of Technology which has full responsibility for receiving, processing applications and selecting recipients. Download Application Form 2015 for University Studies  OR Download Application Form 2015 for FET Studies

are available on the NYDA website and all NYDA branches. The deadline for new applications is 23 January 2015.

Applications to FET Colleges must be submitted directly to NYDA for the attention of Mr Sihle Mlaba, 11 Broadwalk Avenue, Halfway House Midrand, 1683 or e-mailed to:

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