Country name: Republic of South Africa

Population: over 51 million

Capital: Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial), Cape Town (legislative)

Other big cities: Soweto, Johannesburg, Durban,

Currency: Rand

Official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern and Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

Facts about religion: South Africa's Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of religion, belief and opinion. There are about 7000 Christian churches, over 500 mosques, many Hindu templates, and Jewish synagogues, also there are traditional African religions.

Climate: depending on the region climate varies from Mediterranean in the southwestern part to temperate in the plateau, and subtropical in the northeast. Generally there is a subtropical zone, where the climate is known for its long sunny days.

Temperature: in the summer (November - March) the average temperature is 28°C and in the winter (May - August) - around 18° C.


Why to choose South Africa?

South Africa is famous for its vibrant multicultural character and the emerging higher education sector. The country is a popular destination for all those searching English language course. Now, the growing number of universities which rank among the best in the world contributed to increasing the number of international students seeking their degree in beautiful South African surrounding.

Living expenses*

Yearly expected expenses (not including tuition): 70 000 R

Prices of food:

Milk – 11 R

Bread – 10 R

1 kg of rice – 16 R

A meal in inexpensive restaurant – 80 R

The average rental of 1 bedroom apartment –between 3 700 R and 4 600 R depending if it is city centre or outskirts.

Basic utilities (electricity, heating, water and garbage) – about 990 R per month

*The prices vary a lot from one province to another and from one city to another.

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