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South Africa is a complete destination for English language studies. English is one of the official languages and is widely spoken all over the country.

South Africa is a complete destination for English language studies. English is one of the official languages and is widely spoken all over the country. South Africa is famous for its diversity: sandy beaches, cosmopolitan cities, amazing wildlife, a great deal of watersports on offer and a rich traditional culture.

It is a very cost effective destination, ideal for those who look for a language study combined with an african feel.

Living in South Africa is a totally new experience, but with Babel Studies you would find the support and knowledge to adjust easily. Here you will find interesting information and tips about South africa.

Calling code: +27
Currency: Rand (ZAR)
Electricity: 220-240V/50HZ (you can buy an adaptor at the airport)
Smoking regulations: Smoking is restricted in public places which includes the workplace, restaurants, bars and public transport.
Driving: Left-hand side of the road
Drinking age: 18
Emergency Number: 10111 (Police / Fire), 10177 (Medical), 112 from a mobile phones

  • South Africa has an incredibly diverse population comprised of people from different ethnic groups and speaking many different languages. This diversity provides a unique opportunity to gain many different perspectives on a nation and its culture.
  • The country is packed with excellent universities, which offer students a chance to experience this emerging society in a challenging academic setting. With the strongest higher education system on the continent, South Africa?s multicultural universities conduct most of Africa?s research.
  • Cape Town is a city located amongst some fabulous natural attractions ? Table Mountain provides scenic views of the city and the sea - also flanking the city are numerous gorgeous beaches perfect for sunning or whale watching.
  • There are many opportunities offered to those studying abroad in South Africa. You have countless internship and community engagement programs to choose from, as well as many living environments.
  • Though Kruger National Park is perhaps the most famous, South Africa has an incredibly strong network of national parks with unforgettable landscapes and exotic wildlife.
  • The currency of South Africa consists of banknotes and coins and is denoted in Rand (R) and Cents (c).
  • South Africa's currency is the rand (great value against major currencies such as the US dollar, euro, UK pound, yuan and yen).
  • There's a range of coins (10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R5), and notes in denominations of R10, R50, R100 and R200.
  • Banking hours are 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays, and Saturdays 09h00 to 11h00, although it's much quicker and simpler to use the readily available countrywide ATMs, which are open 24/7. ATMs are the best to use,  due to their speed and accessibility.

Sample Price Guide:

  • Accommodation per month: 3,625.83 R
  • Average food prices per month: 1,697.41 R
  • Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar: 45.00 R
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: 80.00 R          
  • Small bottle of water: 7.71 R
  • Small bottle of beer: 20.00 R      
  • Cappuccino (Regular): 17.42 R
  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle): 9.20 R
  • Liter of milk: 10.68 R        
  • Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g): 9.99 R       
  • Movie ticket: 50.00 R
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport): 11.00 R

La visa Schengen se concede en forma de etiqueta pegada en el pasaporte, un documento de viaje u otro documento válido que da derecho a su titular a cruzar la frontera. La posesión de un visado Schengen no confiere el derecho automático de entrada.

Sólo se concederá la entrada si se cumplen las demás condiciones previstas por el Convenio Schengen, es decir, la justificación de la finalidad, las condiciones del viaje y la posesión de fondos suficientes.


  • Formulario de solicitud de Visa completamente diligenciado, firmado por el solicitante, si es menor de edad, firmada por el padre o tutor.
  • Dos (2) fotografías fondo blanco recientes a color 3x4.
  • Pasaporte en buen estado con vigencia superior a tres meses más la duración de la visa solicitada.
  • Fotocopia de la primera página del pasaporte (página con foto y datos personales).
  • Reserva de tiquete aéreo. Para los cursos de menos de un año, la reserva de ida y vuelta.
  • Disponibilidad de alojamiento.
  • Certificado de inscripción, preinscripción o de la admisión al curso.
  • Certificación del banco - una cuenta a nombre del estudiante - en la que el valor no sea menor que el valor correspondiente según lo establecido por el Ministerio del Interior italiano por la duración de la estancia. 
  • Seguro de Salud Internacional - que se adquiere antes de su viaje a Malta.
  • Cédula de Ciudadanía de los solicitantes que tengan 18 años de edad.
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