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Zimbabweans Prefer South African Universities

According to the South African embassy in Harare prospective students have been flocking to the department in their hundreds to apply for study visas.

Zimbabweans Prefer South African Universities

The trend has revived the long snaking queues reminiscent of the hyperinflation era of 2007-2008 when Zimbabweans sought visas to South Africa to escape the economic crisis.

Prospective students have been flooding the embassy since the beginning of December. During this time some people would start queuing as early as 2am hoping to be among the maximum 100 people that the embassy attends to each day.

According to certain newspaper reports efforts to obtain an official comment from the South African embassy were futile as their phones went unanswered. But some officials working inside the embassy confirmed that there has been an increase in the number of people seeking permission to study in South Africa.

Takunda Sibanda, a prospective engineering student said to a Zimbabwean local newspaper, "There is no point in enrolling at the local universities where lectures are deserting as a result of low or no salaries at all."

This year Zimbabwean state universities lecturers were routinely not paid on time with many deciding to quit the profession.

Another student permit hopeful said, "The fees are almost the same but the cost of living is cheaper in South Africa than in Zimbabwe."

Last year's World University Web Ranking placed Zimbabwean universities relatively low in its rankings.

The top five African rankings are occupied by South African universities with the University of Cape Town first ahead of the University of South Africa, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch and University of Witwatersrand.

If you are interested in studying in South Africa contact one of the New World Immigration professionals to discuss your options and the application procedure. They have access to the latest information and possess over all the knowledge to help you obtain the best result for your application.

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