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Visa Information

All students studying in Cape Town must get a study permit (often referenced as a student visa) before departing for Cape Town.  The visa is a sticker that it attached to a page of the passport that will allow you access to stay in South Africa during your program.  

To receive a study permit, students must apply for a visa through their local Consulate.  This includes providing a visa application, supporting documentation, and your actual passport (not a copy) to the consulate as they process your visa application.  This process usually takes roughly 3 weeks, but can take more time depending on processing time of each Consulate.  Students who plan to travel outside of the United States in the months before they depart on the program must plan accordingly.
Obtaining this study permit is the responsibility of the student (and not Trinity College), but both Trinity College and ISA staff will provide support and guidance during the visa application process.  

Students should budget at least $75 USD for visa-related costs in addition to required travel to their local South African Consulate to apply for their visa.  Information on each Consulate is listed below.  

South African Consulate General in New York City

​The South African Consulate General in Chicago

The South African Consulate General in Los Angeles

The South African Embassy in Washington, DC

  • Serves students with permanent residency in AL, DC, FL, GA, LA, MD, MS, TX, VA, PR, and US Virgin Islands
  • Address: 3051 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
  • Telephone: (202) 232-4400
  • Email:
  • Website:​