Information for Foreign students applying to study at BISA

English Proficiency

A student who is resident in a country where English is not an official language, will be required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a minimum score of 500.

For details go to the TOEFL Centre website. If you are not sure, contact the SA Embassy closest to you.

Study Permit

A non-SA student residing outside of South Africa must apply for a study visa from the South African Embassy or Consulate in their home country before travelling to South Africa. The permit must state that studies will be done at the Bible Institute of South Africa.

When applying for the permit a student will be asked to submit a general certificate of health as well as proof that they have sufficient funds to cover health costs in South Africa – the South African Consulate will supply full details on application.

Verification of Study Funds

International students are not permitted by law to engage in paid employment while studying in the country.

Therefore, before an application to study at BISA is approved and before BISA can issue an acceptance letter for securing the student visa, the prospective student must produce verification of funds to cover a minimum of one academic year (tuition, residence and living expenses)

Contact Details

The Registrar is available per telephone during term time:

Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 16:00

Phone on: +27 21 788 4116 For world clock go >> here

For details of RSA Embassies outside of South Africa, Click Here >> RSA Embassies

We wish you well in your application.

FEES for Foreign students

The Bible Institute does not discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, or age. However, in keeping with the practice in many South African academic institutions, students from the High Income Industrial Countries are required to pay increased tuition fees.

For more information on developed & industrialised countries Click >> Three Worlds definition.

BISA’s academic year of two semesters runs
from January to November

Your Study Options at BISA

BTh - Bachelor of Theology on campus
BTh - Bachelor of Theology Honours
BTh - Bachelor of Theology via Distance Learning
GAP YEAR Christian Foundations Programme on campus
CLP - Christian Leadership Programme part-time off campus
Winter School annually on campus in June/July


We will ask for these documents in your application process

  1. Your Application form and fee of ZAR420 (non-refundable)
  2. Certified copy of ID Photo Identity Document or Passport
  3. Certified copy of your School Leaving certificate
  4. Certified copy of any Tertiary qualifications & transcripts, if applicable