Monash South Africa

Monash South Africa is located in the growing suburb Ruimsig, 25km north of Johannesburg's city centre. It has over 2,750 students, offers small class sizes, and has advanced facilities with state-of-the-art technology. There are many different clubs and associations you can join, and a fitness centre with classes and free-weights

Monash South Africa is dedicated to educating the future leaders of Africa. It focuses on helping the region meet diverse social, educational and economic issues. It has a strong volunteering ethic, and many students give up their time to help disadvantaged children with their schoolwork.

Since 2014, Monash South Africa has not operated as a full campus of Monash University but remains a location where Monash University degrees are delivered, along with qualifications unique to this location.

Important Visa Information

Study not safari

All students studying in South Africa for a semester or year must have a study permit – you cannot enter on a tourist visa.

To apply for your study permit you'll need to provide your Monash South Africa Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and two additional letters of support, which the Abroad team will email to you. You'll also need to include a police certificate (this can take up to one month to obtain) and medical forms.

Under South African visa rules, all international students (although there are some exceptions) must have basic medical and hospital cover before they can apply for a student visa. See section on Health Insurance below.

To find out more about applying for your visa you should contact the South African Consulate or High Commission in your capital city.

Working in South Africa

You can work for up to 20 hours per week during your semester in South Africa.

Extending your stay

If you think there is even a slight chance you might want to extend your time in South Africa, you may want to apply for a yearlong visa (called a temporary residence visa). It won't cost you anything extra and will save a lot of paper work in the long term.

The South African Department of Home Affairs gives more detailed information under their Immigration Services section.

Study Load

Under South African visa rules, as an exchange or study abroad student you must be enrolled full-time throughout your stay.

A normal full-time load at Monash University is 24 credit points (four units/subjects), but 18 credit points (three units/subjects) is permitted. You can't enrol in more than 24 credit points per semester.

Minimum Grade requirement: WAM 60

Pre-approved Units you can take in South Africa

First year level

  • AZA1294 - Reading Africa: an introduction
  • AZA1433 - Interpersonal communication

Second year level

  • AZA2787 - Journalism: an online perspective
  • AZA2789 - Journalism: video perspectives

Second/third year level

Third year level

  • AZA3772 - Field placements in child and youth care settings

The Social Inclusion Internship: Practical Experiences with Migrant And Refugee Settlement In Multicultural Communities - MON2003/3001

Limited places are available for this unique internship. Students will be given the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of workplace dynamics and to engage with the practical dimensions of migrant and refugee settlement, while gaining academic credit towards an undergraduate degree. The Unit is offered every year in the second semester. Contact the South Africa coordinator to apply.

Insurance Cover in South Africa

Under South African Government visa rules, it is compulsory for international students to have hospital and primary health care insurance offered by a South African provider. You're free to choose any provider you like, but we do recommend a few. Find out more about health insurance.

Experience South Africa

South Africa is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world. Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offer a larger than life experience for the student in search of a truly unique and inspiring study experience.

Walking trails, lakes, the Zoo and Botanical Gardens dot the city, and the historically significant Africana Museum, galleries, art routes and historical battlefields as well as the Kruger National Park, private game reserves and Sun City draw a multicultural mix of people from all walks of life, from all corners of the world.

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Give Back and Get More

At Monash South Africa you could help teach kids in Zandspruit to read, intern with Oxfam, or help develop sustainable responses to resource issues with the Monash Africa Centre.

All while gaining valuable work and life experience.

Getting Involved

Help teach literacy to the local children of Ruimsig, intern with Oxfam, collect clothing for those in need, make new friends and have fun while gaining valuable leadership skills and work experience.

Volunteering or getting involved with community engagement is as much a part of student life at Monash South Africa, as study is. Find out more about the many clubs and associations available.

Do you like badminton, volleyball or cricket? Or maybe aerobics classes, boxing, free-weights or personal training are more your style? With a Fitness Centre that's open six days a week, no matter how you like to keep fit, MSA Sport can help.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in South Africa is lower than in other English-speaking countries, including Australia – which means your money goes further.

For example:

  • Two litres of milk costs between R15 and R20 (USD $1.90-$2.50)
  • you can get a pair of jeans for R150-R500 (USD $19.20-$64)
  • a movie ticket is R35-R50 (USD $4.50-$6.40)
  • pizza might cost between R50 and R80 (USD $6.40-$10.25)
  • a return trip from Monash South Africa to the CBD is R30-R50 (USD $3.80-$6.40)
  • a meal at the MSA bistro is just R20-R40 (USD $2.50-$5.15).

And, for international students, South Africa has simple visa requirements that allow you to work for up to 20 hours a week.

Accommodation at Monash South Africa

If you choose Monash South Africa as your exchange or study abroad destination you are required to live on-campus. Your accommodation will be automatically organised for you when you apply and are accepted by Monash Abroad. The on-campus accommodation combines modern architectural design with a safe and secure living environment. Your room is furnished for you and you can expect facilities like a television and games rooms, small lounges and outdoor braai (Afrikaans for "barbecue" or "grill") areas.

Find out more about the on-campus lifestyle at Monash South Africa.

Refer to this link for Accommodation fees.

Please also note that if you've chosen to study at Monash South Africa you can only choose on-campus accommodation.

Support Services


At Monash South Africa we have a week of activities to get you settled, and keep you busy and entertained. Day one usually begins with introductions – you'll hear from IT, student services and other people you'll need to know. We'll take a tour of the campus, have lunch together and we'll cover some of the things you might like to do while in Africa – and there's a lot to see and do. The rest of the week is spent familiarising you with the local area. We'll help you open bank accounts, visit some of our community engagement projects and take day trips.

Be sure to look out for communications from your South African coordinators to find out what you might spend your orientation week doing.