|Incoming exchange students|
Inward bound Student Exchange Information
International Relations Department
Tel no: +0027 16 950 9946
Fax no: +0027 16 950 9352
You are interested in partaking in an exchange period at the Vaal University of Technology
but where to start? This information brochure will ensure that you are well informed.
Planning is the key to successful study abroad. How well you achieve your personal and academic objectives and your long term career goals depends on your choice of the right county, institutional and program.
BRIEF BACKGROUND ON THE
VUT, as we fondly call our University, is situated approximately 80 kilometer from the bustling city of
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE
In the 43 years of its existence, first as a College of Advanced Technical Education (1966- 1979) then as Vaal Triangle Technikon (1979-2003), Vaal University of Technology has grown in stature as a higher education institution, drawing students from all over the country. It is one of the largest residential Universities of Technology, with about 17 000 students. This position enables it to make a substantial contribution to the development of human resources in the region and country.
VISION: To be a dynamic centre of technology leading in quality education for the nation.
MISSION: The Vaal University of Technology is committed to the development of higher education through:
Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences
Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Faculty of Human Sciences
Faculty of Management Sciences
Visit http://www.vut.ac.za/new/ for more information on courses at Vaal University of Technology.
Intake into VUT is from:
January to June
July to December
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Full flight information must be forwarded well in advance to the International Relations Department, Vaal University of Technology at least two weeks before arrival.
Ensure that your passport is valid for approximately one year after completion of exchange period. For information on passports and passport requirements please visit your nearest South African Consulate or visit their webpage on the internet.
Please ensure that you made a copy of your passport, permit and any other important documentation to safeguard your original documentation whilst on exchange.
It is the responsibility of the exchange student and home university to ensure exchange permits are in order. Should the permit need to be altered or extended while in South Africa the International Relations Department will assist however, this will be for the account of the exchange student and home university.
Injections and vaccinations
Please visit your nearest travel agent, South African High Commission, travel clinic or peruse the website for information on injections and vaccinations for
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH?
You need to be careful not to pack too much as you might wish to buy souvenirs etc.
Clothing (warm and cool)
Personal items such as prescriptions, glasses, contact lenses, etc
Bible or any other religious books
What about the climate?
Summer: December to February
Autumn: March to May
Winter: June to August
Spring: September to November
The on Campus Clinic can only deal with minor ailments. In the unfortunate event of a serious illness or accident, you may have to be hospitalised. It is a compulsory condition of registration for an exchange student to have adequate medical aid care cover. The cover must be sufficient to cover all medical expenses including hospitalisation whilst in
The South African Department of Immigration Law Act 13 2002, requires all international and exchange students considering studying in South Africa to be in possession of a South African administered medical insurance to cover all medical costs before a study permit will be issued. Medical inflation in
Ø Cormed Hospital (Private Hospital)
Ø Cormed Hospital (Private Hospital)
What if I need over the counter medication?
A number of Pharmacies and Dispensaries are available in Vanderbijlpark to assist with over the counter medication.
Please note this is an estimated amount and can differ from one student to another.
Exchange students are required to purchase their own textbooks while studying at the Vaal University of Technology.
Exchange students are required to purchase their own stationary.
The Sports Bureau at Vaal University of Technology caters for everyone from the recreational through to the highly competitive sports person. There are recreational facilities such as tennis courts, gymnasium, soccer grounds, netball grounds, volleyball grounds, athletic track, chess, karate, Taekwondo, cricket, softball etc. For details, contact the following.
The International Relations D
CHURCHES AND PLACES OF WORSHIP
The Chapel of Light is situated on Campus close to the Residences. Any church denomination is welcome to make use of this facility. There are also a number of churches around the University and students also organize services in number of venues at the University. Please look out for posters and inquire from the local students. There are various religious organisations on Campus. Take time to reflect on your life and thank God for where you are.
SHOPS AND CONVENIENCE CENTERS
There are a number of shops and convenience centre within walking distance from the University.
Spar (all round convenience shop)
Pick & Pay (all round convenience shop)
Checkers (all round convenience shop)
The International Relations Department will assist with an orientation programme so as to enable you to know where all these facilities are located.
PHONES AND CELLPHONES:
As in most countries most popular brands (Nokia, LG, Samsung, Eriksson etc) of cellphones makes are available in
The International Relations Department assist exchange students with access to computer services.
The Vaal University of Technology has internet facilities available for all students. A computer centre is available so as to assist students with their internet needs. However, please note strict rules and regulations are imposed to protect the Vaal University of Technology’s network and exchange students are required to abide by these rules and regulations.
SENDING PARCELS OR MAIL
Should a parent or any other person wish to send a package or mail to an exchange student this can be forwarded to the International Relations Department who will forward this to the exchange student.
Should an exchange student wish to send a package or mail to family and friends the International Relations Department will assist however, all costs incurred will be for the students account.
Traveler cheques are the safest way of bringing money with you. Credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard etc is widely used in
What Are These Coins And Notes?
The currency in
Banking services in
There are many banks in
Lending or borrowing of money
The International Relations Department condemns the lending or borrowing of money. Please ensure that you do not lend or borrow money.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN
The most common language spoken in
Most South Africans wear European clothing such as jeans, t-shirts and sneakers. A popular way of dressing in summer is shorts, shirt and flip flops. Most South African wear informal clothing as more formal wear is only worn in an office environment.
A huge variety of food is available in
Breakfast normally consist of porridge or breakfast cereal. Lunch may be a sandwich, pizza or any other fast food. Dinner is normally a large meal and consists of meat and vegetables.
South Africans enjoys good table manners. Chewing with an open mouth or noisily are frowned upon. One also do not speak with your mouth full. The most commonly utensils used are knifes and forks.
A wide variety of well known soft drinks, bottled water and liquor are available at reasonable prices.
South African on the whole are extremely hygiene conscience. Body odor, dirty clothing etc are frowned upon by most South Africans.
Exchange students are normally accommodated on campus. The accommodation is situated within the campus and is an easy five minutes walk. The accommodation consists two three bedroom flatlets and two four bedroom flatlets. All amenities is shares within the flatlet. The accommodation consists of separate bedroom, shared lounge, shared kitchen and shared bathroom. All flatlets are shared with other individuals such as other exchange students, senior postgraduate students, etc. Please note VUT has a strict policy to place gender groups together.
For more information please visit: http://www.vut.ac.za/new/index.php/accommodation-
Costs for International Guests Houses on campus are as follows:
Trimester Programs: R4 800
Semester Programs: R9 600
Year Programs: R19 200
Please note: Exchange students must ensure that they have sufficient funds towards tuition fees, accommodation fees, meals and all other personal expenses incurred while studying at the Vaal University of Technology in
Bedroom consists of: Bed, bedding, blankets, desk, chair, study light, cupboard, built in heater. You need to bring your clothing & personal effects. Each room is also fitted with a digital safe.
Bathroom consists of: Bath/shower, toilet, mirror. You need to bring your own towels & personal items.
Kitchen consists of: Kitchen has all the appliances needed to make your stay as comfortable as possible. You need to supply you own food, beverages and cleaning agents.
Lounge consist of: settee set, small table and television
Private accommodation is available however, not preferred by the Vaal University of Technology as it is extremely costly. Most bed and breakfast accommodations are not near the campus and will require traveling. However, should you be interested to be accommodated off campus please peruse the following: http://southafrica.bedandbreakfasts.net/propertysearch.asp?location=Vaal+University+Of+Technology
Some residences are beyond a reasonable walking distance from the Campus and transportation costs have to be considered by the student. The city centre are a few kilometers away and are easily accessible by either walking or commuting.
· Just as a point of interest – local taxis are available and can take you for a nominal fee to where you need to go however, it is advisable to take a local student with you.
· Metered taxi is available however, this is a costly option.
· Busses are extremely unreliable and are not a favored way of traveling.
· Rental of vehicles are also an option however, ensure that you have an international license to operate a vehicle.
How do I get to the
All exchange students will be met at the O R Tambo International Airport,
As in all countries it is advisable to adhere to the following:
At the airport:
At your accommodation
Out and about
10 Tips to help you settle in:
1. Give yourself time to settle in
Give yourself time to settle in and find your feet. Don't feel like you have to hit the ground running and be able to manage everything perfectly right from the very first moment. Starting an exchange programme at university is p
2. Make new friends
Starting to establish connections on campus can help you feel more settled and that you belong. The perc
3. Turn up for classes
Unlike high school, no one will follow you up if you don't go to class. However, it is easy to fall behind quickly if you're not attending lectures, and your grades may be affected. Some courses have compulsory attendance requirements, or a participation component to the final grade. Even if you are not feeling great, just being in a lecture and listening is a good idea.
Lecturers pack a lot of information into a semester-long course. It's easy to get behind quickly. Ke
5. Be positive
Many exchange students feel shy, anxious or awkward when attending new classes. If you have come from a small school, you may have been a big fish in a little pond and now you may feel like a very small fish! Be positive about yourself and your abilities. Remember that you have demonstrated the abilities and qualities needed to get you in to university and you will feel more confident with time.
6. Don't be afraid to ask for help
VUT is a big campus and it's not always easy to find your way around. Ask for help if you are lost or unsure of anything, the International Relations Department is also on hand to assist where possible. Every other student on campus will either be a first year, or have been a first year and will know what you are going through!
While your study is important, it is essential that you ke
8. Use the services that are there to help you
When you enrol at VUT, you become eligible to access a wide range of services. The staff will be able to answer questions and provide
9. Plan ahead
The first few weeks of university can seem pretty manageable - then the first few assignments are due in the same week! In the first week of lectures you will be given a course outline for each subject which will list all of your assignments and their due dates. Write these in your diary and on a wall calendar so you can see clearly where they fall and plan ahead to ensure that you can meet all the deadlines.
10. Reward yourself
At university it can be hard to tell how well you're going. Standards are high and your grades may be a bit lower than what you are used to, or you may not have many assignments from which to gauge your performance. This is why it is important that you recognize the achievements you make and reward yourself. Celebrate finishing an assignment, getting to all of your classes, doing a presentation or just ke
Should your require any additional information or assistance please do not hesitate to contact the International Relations Department, Vaal University of Technology, Gauteng, South Africa.
Tel no: +00 27 16 950 9318