What You Need To Know

What do you know before coming to South Africa.

PASSPORT AND VISA

You will also need the following:

  • A valid visa
  • Sufficient funds.
  • A return or onward ticket.
  • A passport with at least one blank page.
  • Yellow fever certificates are required if the journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.

WHAT IMMUNIZATIONS WILL I NEED TO GET?

The National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires anyone traveling outside the United States to have up-to-date childhood immunizations—MMR (Mumps/Measles/Rubella), DPT (Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus), Polio, and Tetanus (within past 10 years). If you’re unsure, contact your family physician to double check your records. The CDC also recommends the following immunizations for travel to South Africa: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Booster doses of Tetanus, DPT and MMR, and Typhoid. It is unnecessary to take malaria pills as you will be in a non-malaria zone. Contact your physical, local hospital, or the health department to find out where you can obtain the immunizations you need.

ELECTRICITY ON CAMPUS

South African outlets are 220/240 V.  Please make sure that you bring the necessary converter for your electronic devices.

WEATHER ON CAMPUS

Somerset West is close to Cape Town and our campus is minutes away from the Indian Ocean.  Summers are normally hot and dry and winters can cold and wet.  February to April is normally the hottest months.

See the current forecast.

IS THE WATER SAFE TO DRINK?

Yes. The water on campus is completely safe to drink but most people on campus buy water at a local water shop to drink.

WILL I HAVE INTERNET ACCESS?

Yes, all students have access to the Wifi on campus at no extra cost.

HOW DOES THE MEALS WORK?

We have a full time catering company working on the campus who does their best to prepare meals that we believe you will like.  We have 2 daily meals, 7 days a week.