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5 Reasons for Postgraduate International Study in South Africa

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:38

By Qudrat Khan
 - South Africa is a country full of history and culture, not to mention beautiful scenery and incredible wildlife. Below are five reasons why international students should definitely think seriously studying in South Africa:

1. Lifestyle
The amount of things to do in South Africa is endless. From visiting the famous Robben Island in Cape Town, home of Nelson Mandela for 18 years under apartheid in the state, to visiting the big cats at Johannesburg’s Lion Park, there are a wide range of activities that will cater for your needs. Focusing on Cape Town, there is an air of modernity, which is synonymous with the nightlife in the legislative capital. The clubs and bars are all reflective of the laidback nature of Cape Town, with Zula Bar leading the way. Littered with fuseball tables and swing chairs outside, it’s the place to kick back and relax after a long hard day at University. 

2. Weather
With over 300 days of sunshine in some parts of South Africa, the climate alone should persuade you to study there. As it is south of the equator, the seasons differ from Europe, North America and most of Asia. The best time for an international graduate studying in South Africa to truly appreciate the weather is between August and October, springtime in South Africa.

3. The future of South Africa
The aforementioned, history of South Africa is rich and full of lessons to be learnt, something that the country is currently doing. With the implementation of new socio-economic policies and a new constitution, South Africa is a country to watch as its current foundations are arguably strong enough to bear a powerful nation on its back.

4. The history of South Africa
The lengthy and controversial history of South Africa is one to learn from and understand. The years of oppression under apartheid serve as a painful reminder of the consequences of enforcing inequality. Nonetheless, figures such as Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk hold South Africa in high regard as a country that, in spite of its extreme adversity, has the power to truly succeed.

5. Higher education
In terms of higher education The University of Cape Town is one that is in the top 150 world Universities, as well as being the highest-ranked African University in the world and The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg is renowned for its research, bearing seven research institutes and ten research groups. The calibre of Universities, along with the culture and scenery of the country makes studying in the Rainbow Nation a superb choice for any international student looking for an incredible study abroad experience.

More information on study in South Africa.