International Students

Botho University welcomes campus learning international students who are keen to pursue their studies with us at any of our campuses. International students in this context are campus learning students who have chosen to study at a Botho University campus, in a country where the student is not a physical resident. All distance learning international students who are pursuing their studies with Botho University as part of the Blended and Distance Learning campus are also warmly welcomed to our community and all communication with them is over email on all matters relevant to them.

Admission Formalities: All international students as per above are expected to contact our admissions department for eligibility and admission assistance. Contact details are available on our website depending on the campus of study. The admissions department will ensure that international students receive all information and proper guidance on programmes of study available, eligibility requirements and the documentation and admission processes to be completed including fees. Once all of this has been completed, the international student will receive an admission or offer letter from the Admissions department.

Accomodation: Successfully admitted campus learning international students are then put in touch with the Student and Alumni Affairs Department at Botho University for accommodation arrangements. International students are provided details and contacts for several off campus accommodation providers at secure and comfortable locations. It is the responsibility of the international students to make their own arrangements for accommodation once the Student and Alumni affairs department has shared the contact details of the various providers. All such arrangements are directly between the international student and the accommodation provider and the Student and Alumni Affairs Department and Botho University will not be held responsible in any manner in this arrangement.

Student Visa and Residence Permit: Students must check with their respective embassy on the requirements of student visa and resident permit for study depending on the country of their chosen campus of study. The Student and Alumni Affairs Department is also able to provide limited assistance in this regard however the student is responsible for securing the student visa and permit on time.

Insurance: All international students are required to have adequate medical insurance for emergencies and sickness. This may also be a requirement for students to apply for their student visa and residence permit. International students are required to make their own arrangements for their medical insurance as this is mandatory.

COVID Protocols: All incoming international students are advised to take all precautions in light of COVID19. However Incoming students are strongly requested to check with the Student and Alumni Affairs Department at least a week before their departure to confirm the latest COVID19 protocols for entry into the country of their chosen campus of study.

Arriving at Botho University: Once an international student has been accepted for study at Botho University, they are regularly in touch with a senior person from the Student and Alumni Affairs Department. The department ensures that all queries of such students are answered and they can also make arrangements to receive the student on arrival and provide them with assistance to settle in.All international students are welcome to visit the Student and Alumni Affairs Department at any time for assistance and guidance. 

Registration Formalities: Upon arrival at Botho University and having provided adequate time to settle in, the Student and Alumni Affairs Department will organize a campus tour to visit the key departments and completing all formalities including registration, class schedules, securing a Botho University email address, access to our Learning Management system, Student ID Card  etc.  Wifi is available on campus for all students however students are cautioned that the internet is a scarce resource in these parts of Africa and download speeds may be vastly different from their home country. Thus they may want to supplement their access to the internet by purchasing additional mobile data bundles. 

The international student(s) will also be taken to their respective embassy (if available) to be registered with them as a matter of procedure.

Get Started: International students should be well on their way to settling in by this time. The Student and Alumni Affairs will constantly check in with the international students to ensure any concerns or queries are addressed. Safety of all students is an utmost priority for Botho University. The Student and Alumni Affairs Department is the first point of contact for any international student upon their arrival and the department ensures that students are advised accordingly on all safety protocols and assured of their complete support at all times. Students can feel rest assured that Botho University is a warm and welcoming place for them.

All students at Botho University are enrolled automatically to the Blackboard Learning Management System. Students will be expected to access this daily for important updates and announcements regarding their teaching and learning. Blackboard also provides a wealth of information on all other student activities available at Botho University. All critical departments also use Blackboard to share important information with all students. 

The latest Academic Calendar for students is available on our website HERE.

All students at Botho University including international students are bound by the Rules and Regulations available HERE.

We wish all international students at Botho University a pleasant and fulfilling experience.