International Students


Many international companies and other organisations actively recruit at UCT GSB, providing South African and foreign students with opportunities to work and live abroad. For those foreign students hoping to find employment in South Africa, the Career Centre can provide guidance and resources. However, over the past three years, securing work visas in South Africa has become increasingly difficult, even with the support of a sponsoring firm. Foreign students should be aware that UCT GSB can provide no guarantee of employment in South Africa after graduation.

Please bear the following guidelines in mind:

  • In most instances, it is advisable to get work authorisation before applying for a specific position (this will likely take the form of a critical skills visa).

  • Due to the variety of legislation with which South African recruiters must comply (including the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice), there are instances where, even with relevant work authorisation, recruiters are still unable to appoint foreign candidates. Click here for more info.

  • Work authorisation, when it is granted, can take up to six months. Students are therefore advised to begin this process as early as possible during their studies.

  • Before applying, students should have a clear understanding of the different types of visas available and the processes involved in applying for the most appropriate options.

  • Applicants need to work with the Department of Home Affairs or through an agency such as VFS, but can seek additional advice from an immigration attorney. Click here for more info.

  • Consulting firms were historically the most receptive to recruiting foreign talent in South Africa but have also recently elected to accept only applications from South African citizens in many instances.




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