Study Permit Requirements
According to the Immigration Control Act of 19 August 1993, all International students (SADC and Non-SADC) should be in possession of a valid approved Study Permit and Visa before entering Namibia for the purpose of studying. All prospective and other senior students are required to apply for a Study Permit and Visa on the prescribed forms obtainable from the University of Namibia or at the Namibian Embassy in your country or the nearest Namibian Embassy.
Only persons with permanent Namibian Residence, Refugees or Asylum Seekers and Diplomatic representatives are exempted from applying for a Study Permit and Visa. The mentioned categories are exempted on condition that they provide the relevant documentation (i.e. Permanent Residence Permit, approved and endorsed Refugee / Political Asylum Seekers status, a Courtesy Visa which confirms diplomatic status) to the University of Namibia.
Currently, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration made a temporary arrangement with the University of Namibia to issue study permits to students during the registration period. Senior students should ensure that they renew their study permits before the endorsed study permit expires. Failure to do that, the University will de-register the student and informs the relevant authority for deportation.
First year students who do not have a Namibian Embassy in their countries should ensure that all the necessary documents required are in place before travelling to Namibia. All first year students should have Police Clearance from their country of origin, and complete the Medical Certificate and Radiological Report application forms with their medical practitioners. These application forms can be obtained from the website under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration-Namibia.
Procedures (for 2016)
The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has announced the dates and new procedures for obtaining a Study Permit for the 2016 academic year.
- Application forms can be submitted from the 1st December 2015 until 31st March 2016. There will be no late application. Ensure that you submit your application forms on time.
- Immigration Officials will be at UNAM’s Main Campus during the registration period to process the application forms.
- Study Permits will be issued based on the minimum duration of study.
- Study Permit fees per year are N$ 1395.00 (PLUS N$80.00 for administration fees). Students must therefore multiply the yearly fees with the years they will be studying at UNAM. Senior students will pay for all the remaining years. Only full payment will be accepted for senior students.
- No change of conditions will be allowed once the Study Permit is approved for a specific field.
- Students who finished with their degree courses should not take up short language courses.
- Only full time students will receive study permits. No study permits for distance education students.
- First year students must have police clearance from the country of origin. It is compulsory to have a medical certificate and radiological report forms filled by medical doctors. If you need these two forms, kindly request them from the contacts below. Such forms are also available on the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration website.
- Kindly take note that, there will be no extension of dates, and no application form will be received after the due date. Students who failed to adhere to these rules will be deported, and be charged accordingly.