Office for International Education
All international students need to comply with the visa regulations as determined by the Immigration Act, Act 13 0f 2002.
Regulation 10(1) (i) determines the following:
** An applicant for a study permit is required to provide:
(i)*proof of medical cover with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998, recognized in the Republic*
In terms of the Immigration Amendment Act 19 of 2004, any prospective student to the Republic of South Africa, must provide proof of medical cover with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 Act 131 of 1998.
Although you may, with some other foreign insurance products, secure a study visa from a South African diplomatic mission, NMMU in accordance with the Medical Schemes Act does not accept such medical cover for registration purposes. It is therefore recommended that you confirm your choice in medical cover with ABSA HC prior to making any financial contributions to avoid additional and secondary purchases.
For registration purposes NMMU requires proof of full Medical Aid Cover with a South African registered medical aid scheme for each full academic calendar year (being from the first day of the month of registration until the last day of November). Study Abroad and Exchange Students must secure medical cover for the full duration of their stay. A minimum of six (6) months cover is provided by medical aid companies, no less. English Skills Students are required to purchase cover for duration of six (6) months. Note that a membership certificate is required which may easily be obtained through ABSA HC.
It is advisable that international students make the necessary financial arrangements for the medical aid cover prior to entry into South Africa. Should the student rely on sponsorship he/she should ensure that the sponsor is advised of this requirement at the onset of the sponsorship and this requirement is applicable to NMMU (for example Post Graduate Research Scholarships) related bursaries as well.
Payment for the required medical aid cover fee is made directly to the Medical Aid Company, separately from the tuition fees.
Please note that ABSA Health Care Consultants (ABSA HCC) have been appointed as product specialists for the NMMU Office for International Education. Kindly contact ABSA HCC with regard to the products that will be suitable for both your VISA application and registration at NMMU on the following number (+27 860 100 380) or e-mail: International.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are medical aid companies, managed by ABSA HCC, that offer student focused products that are registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act. They also offer the minimum benefits that a student may need whilst in South Africa. They are accepted by the Department of Health’s medical facilities.
Please note that ABSA Health Care Consultants (ABSA HCC) have been appointed as product specialists for the NMMU Office for International Education. They will operate nationally as Healthcare Consultants to most Higher Education Institutions from 2011 onwards.
Should you wish to apply for Medical Aid please contact ABSA HCC on the following number (+27 860 100 380) or e-mail: International.email@example.com.
Block release students – Students are to submit proof of travel insurance for the full duration of their stay in South Africa. Should the student remain in South Africa for the continuation of the year, the student will be required to purchase medical cover as stipulated in point 2.
Degree Seeking Students doing in-service training will be required to make payment for medical cover for the full duration of the stay of the academic period in South Africa.
Block release students are advised to take travel insurance reflecting the dates of their stay in South Africa and will be required to provide proof of travel tickets. For more information visit the following sites:
Tel: +27 (0) 41 504 1111
Fax: +27 (0) 41 504 2574 / 2731
PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Port Elizabeth, 6031, South Africa
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