South Africa hosts a world-class tertiary education system, and South African graduates are employed all over the world. Provided below is a list of South African universities and their time of establishment, as well as their location.
University of Cape Town 1829 (Cape Town)
University of Stellenbosch 1866 (Stellenbosch & Cape Town)
University of the Witwatersrand 1896 (Johannesburg)
University of the Free State 1904 (Bloemfontein)
Rhodes University 1904 (Grahamstown)
University of Pretoria 1908 (Pretoria & Johannesburg)
University of Fort Hare 1916 (East London)
University of the Western Cape 1959 (Cape Town)
University of KwaZulu-Natal 2004 (Durban, Pietermaritzburg)
North-West University 2004 (Mafikeng, Potchefstroom)
University of Limpopo 2005 (Polokwane & Ga-Rankuwa)
Secondary education in South Africa takes place in both public and private high schools. The standard of education in private schools can be higher than in government/public schools, but it doesn’t matter where you went to school when you apply for admission to a university. Application for admission to a university revolves around other factors, such as academic achievement in the national standardised school-leaving (matric) examination.
A consequence of the Apartheid system is a poor standard of school education in some areas of the country. This is because in the Apartheid system less money was spent on “black” and “coloured” schools than on “white” schools. “Blacks” were not expected to take up senior company or government posts and their education was often substandard. Since the end of apartheid, national government has taken measures to remedy this situation, but the consequences of the apartheid system can still be seen in the poor matric results of some schools.
The medium of instruction in both secondary and tertiary institutions is often English, although there are localised exceptions to this. In general, foreigners may pursue an academic course in South Africa, provided they have obtained the necessary documentation from the Department of Home Affairs.