ADVOCACY AND DIVERSITY IN BRIEF
The Advocacy and Divisity division is responsible (manage and coordinate) for the following six (6) units :
We see our role and duties as including but not limited to the following six (6) Units of our division:
- Facilitate and coordinate the admission, registration and accommodation of international students in the University.
- Provide information about Sefako Makgatho Health Science University and about studying in South Africa to prospective and current international students.
- Advice and assist students with the application of study visas, and renewals of existing study visas.
- Provide information about South African approved medical aid service providers.
- Participate on the general orientation programme of new students in the University.
- Plan and facilitate the orientation of new students in the University.
- Initiate and assist in the organisation of cultural celebrations of international students and related functions.
- Develop international students’ handbook which has information and services available to students.
- Provide information to foreign embassies and consulates.
- Serve as liaison within the University community and beyond on behalf of international students.
- Advice on and facilitate social interactions amongst the international students.
- Participate in the recruitment of international students.
- Liaise and coordinate bursaries and scholarships of students with their funders.
- Serve as a liaison between the students and Home Affairs.
- Assist SMUISO in planning annual programme of action, and supervise and coordinate the execution of those activities.
- Manage and facilitate the election process of the executive committee of SMUISO.
- Plan and Provides leadership training and mentoring of SMUISO executive.
- Coordinate and facilitate constitutional development and amendments of SMUISO.
- Manages the finances of the organisation.
- Manage and facilitate the production of SMUISO magazine.
International scholarships and research funding
- Initiate and coordinate scholarships programmes of both staff and postgraduate students of the University, e.g Fulbright scholarship, Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, etc.
International collaborations and Partnerships
- Initiate, maintain and manages international collaborations and partnerships.
- Facilitate and manages collaborative projects with international institutions and governments.
- Manage database of collaborations and partnerships within the University.
International exchange programmes for staff and students of the University
- Initiate and coordinate international scholarships programs of both staff and students of the University.
- Initiate, facilitate and manages opportunities for SMU staff and students to participate in exchange programs with our partner Universities abroad.
- Create and manage database of students on exchange programs.
- Coordinate welcome activities for students on exchange programs.
- Assist in arranging their accommodation on campus.
- Advises and assist students with immigration matters.
- Actively participate in the activities of International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA).
- Facilitate academic visits by staff into and out of the Sefako Makgatho Health Sceince University
- Promote SMU at international conferences and workshops.
- Receive and entertain international visitors and delegations.
- Liaise/interact with international relations divisions of government departments and related institutions on matters of common interest.
GENERAL INFORMATION TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
1.All non-South African citizens and non-permanent residents are required to obtain a study visa prior to entering South Africa. Applications for study visa should be submitted to the South African Embassy, Consulate or High Commissioner in your country of origin and must be issued in favor of the Sefako Makgatho Health Science University. This study permit must be submitted during registration.
2. It is required that all International students pay their fees in full prior to registration to avoid delays which may arise during registration.
SADC protocol on Education
The SA government has entered into an agreement with SADC countries to allow their prospective students to study at South African universities, and be given ALMOST the same treatment as South African students.
The following are documents required from prospective international students as per South African Government directive:
- Valid study visa. A study visa should be applied for immediately after receiving a letter of admission.
- Copy of passport.
- Copy of evaluation certificate of results from HESA or SAQA.
- Health Insurance. This health insurance SHOULD be acceptable by the South African medical insurance fraternity.
- Police clearance from Country of origin.
IO Office requires this information to:
- Keep track of academic progress made or lack thereof.
- Keep SA Missions abroad and the local Department of Home Affairs posted of progress.
- Keep records of conduct of all international students and,
- Keep records of all those who have graduated from the university.
3. STUDY VISA (PERMITS) REQUIREMENTS
Ideally a prospective student should have a study visa before leaving their country of origin as it is a requirement of South African Immigration Act. The current practice, however, does allow an international student to apply for a study visa whiles already in the country. Study visas are issued for specific academic institution. If you would like to change institutions, you must obtain a new study visa. It is important to note that study permits are valid for a specific period of time and you will be required to renew it during your period of study.
Application procedure and requirements for study visa
- An application form obtainable from home affairs.
- A valid passport (for a year or more).
- Admission letter from the University.
- A letter from the institution in support of your study visa (International office).
- Bank statement – Copy of passport or I.D of parent or guardian responsible for the financial support and a supporting letter.
- A study visa fee of R425-00.
- Proof of medical aid cover also confirming that you will be covered while in SA. Medical reports (including Radiology & Pathology).
- A police clearance certificate from your country of origin.
- Repatriation fee of R585-00.
- Copy of yellow fever vaccination (If relevant).
- If applicant is under 21 years old, there should be a letter of consent from parent or guardian.
For more information about how to apply for a study permit, please visit, http://www.southafrica.info/travel/documents/studypermits.htm. If you have a study permit, remember to renew it 3 months before its expiration. If you neglect to do this, the State can impose heavy fines both on you and on the University. The process of getting a study permit can take 4-8 weeks to process; hence it is advisable to make study visa applications as soon as possible.
4. CATEGORIES OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
The University of Limpopo has the following categories of International students: These categories pay fees as follows:
- All international students pay an annual membership fee.
- SADC students pay an annual levy and annual local tuition fees.
- Non-SADC students from Africa pay an annual levy and twice (2x) the annual tuition fees.
- Students from outside Africa pay an annual levy and thrice (3x) the annual tuition fees.
*NB Students on exchange programmes/Elective term Students are not required to pay these fees (Annual Membership Fee & Foreign levy).
5. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ORGANISATION
All international students registered with the Sefako Makgatho Health Science University regardless of discipline are automatically members of SMUUISO.
6. ACTIVITIES OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AT SMU
The following are key activities that we organize for International Students:
- Special orientation programme for new International Students on the 09 February
- Elections of the new executive committee on the 09 M
- Welcome function on the 16 March
- Trip to places of interest to students hopefully in July or whenever it is suitable to do so
- Cultural day celebration in September
- End of the year function in October.
7. STAFF AND THEIR LOCATION IN THE UNIVERSITY
Our offices are situated as follows:
Administrative Officer: Ms Eunice Modiba
Office: Advocacy and diversity (Old Residence Information Centre)
Tel: (012) 521-5834 / 4979