International Application

It is vital to read the section regarding admission information, study permit requirements, immigration matters and working while studying in South Africa, before proceeding to the section Applying to Cornerstone Institute.

Please follow this link for information about medical insurance for international students.

Admission Information 

Once you have received a provisional acceptance letter from Cornerstone Institute, 60% of the annual tuition fee must be paid to Cornerstone Institute by the end of September in order for the registrar to issue you with a visa letter to apply for a study permit. (Many of our foreign students struggle to get their visa in time and end up arriving later for the start of lectures.) See below for study permit requirements.

In adherence to South African Government rules and regulations, your final registration is subject to producing a valid study permit that can be applied for at the nearest South African representative, normally in your home country. For this purpose you will use the official visa letter issued by the Registrar. This letter must be presented to a South African diplomatic mission abroad, which has the authority to process applications for study permits. The South African Department of Home Affairs and South African diplomatic offices abroad are responsible for the regulations and procedures. Do not proceed to Cornerstone Institute without the study permit/visa.

Should you require financial aid, application needs to made by the end of September. The earlier it is submitted the better chance you have of being successful. Financial aid cannot be guaranteed and will not be more than 40% of the annual tuition fee. Cornerstone Institute does not receive a government subsidy for providing tertiary education, so bursaries are very limited.

Should you require accommodation please contact the student services officer Beverley Dankers at Cornerstone does not offer student accommodation.

Study permit requirements

  • Letter of Admission from Cornerstone Institute.
  • Proof that sufficient funds are available for the proposed stay in South Africa to cover tuition fees, maintenance and incidental costs.
  • Details regarding arranged accommodation.
  • A police clearance certificate.
  • The expiry date of your study permit is very important. It is your own responsibility to apply for an extension 30 days before it expires.

Repatriation guarantee:

  • You should provide a medical certificate as provided for on the study permit application form and particulars of, or arrangements made with regard to, medical insurance/cover in South Africa . You will also need to submit medical and radiological reports, which should be less than six months old and relevant certificates if you are married, widowed, divorced or separated.
  • If the duration of your studies is longer than one year, you will have to lodge a cash deposit or bank guarantee equivalent to the airfare or transportation costs to your country of origin for repatriation purposes. Please keep the receipt issued for the guarantee for a possible extension of your study permit in South Africa . The cash deposit will only be reimbursed once you are back in your home country.

Immigration matters

  • Formal admission to Cornerstone Institute does not guarantee the issuing of a study permit.
  • Students without valid study permits cannot be registered at Cornerstone Institute.
  • Permit Applications should be made at least 30 days prior to the date of departure.
  • All documents required when you apply for a study permit or visitor's visa, must be originals or certified copies. (A certified copy is a photocopy of the original document with an original certified stamp that the authorised person [Commissioner of Oaths] has seen the original document. An uncertified photocopy of the original or a photocopy of a certified copy is not sufficient.)

Working while studying in South Africa

  • The holder of a study permit may conduct part-time work as long as the period does not exceed 20 hours per week and may also work full-time during academic vacations.
  • A holder of a study permit may also be granted permission to conduct work in the form of practical training in a field related to his/her studies, on submission of the following documentation:
  • - A letter from Cornerstone Institute confirming that practical training is required or advantageous to complete the intended study, and
  • - A letter from the prospective employer offering practical training

How to Apply:

Step 1 

What are your dreams and aspirations? Where do you see yourself in the future? What are your gifts and skills? Will the programme of your choice equip you for your future?

Step 2 

Choose whether you want full or part-time studies, in the day or in the evenings.

Full Time

  • BA (Hons) Psychology - minimum 1 year (afternoon/evening classes)
  • BTh and BA - 3 years (day classes)
  • Higher Certificate in Business Studies - minimum 1 year (e-learning and evening classes)

Part Time

  • BA (Hons) Psychology - minimum 2 years (afternoon/evening classes)
  • Advanced Diploma in Intermediate Phase Teaching - minimum 2 year
    (e-learning only)
  • Bachelor of Theology - minimum 5 years (day classes)
  • Bachelor of Arts - minimum 5 years
    (e-learning or day classes)
  • Higher Certificate in Community Counselling - minimum 2 years
    (day classes)
  • Higher Certificate in Business Studies - minimum 2 years
    (e-learning and evening classes only)

Step 3 

Complete the application form and ensure you have all supporting documents.

Click on of the links below to download the appropriate form.

Step 4 

Do you have the finances to study? Can your family/friends/church assist you financially? Are you able to pay 60% of the annual tuition fee upfront? i.e. 4 months before your studies at Cornerstone Institute commence?

Click here for the Financial Aid application form to apply for financial aid from Cornerstone Institute. Only a minimum amount of financial aid is available to needy students.

Registered as Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration Certificate No.2001/HE08/006.