South Africa's Students Overseas

Number of students from South Africa studying aboard: 6,378

Top 10 destinations and number of students from South Africa studying aboard:

Rank Place of Destination Number of Students Percent of Total
1 United States 1,159 18.2%
2 United Kingdom 1,339 21.0%
3 Australia 787 12.3%
4 Cuba 426 6.7%
5 Bahrain 184 2.9%
6 Mauritius 177 2.8%
7 Saudi Arabia 173 2.7%
8 Germany 164 2.6%
9 Canada 150 2.4%
10 Brazil 138 2.2%
  All Others 1,681 26.4%


Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2014). Global Flow of Tertiary- Level Students 2014.

Number of students from South Africa studying abroad:
6,166

Top 5 destinations and number of students from South Africa studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United States 1,641
2 United Kingdom 1,543
3 Australia 839
4 Cuba 377
5 Malaysia 198 (2009)



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2012). Global Education Digest 2012. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Number of students from South Africa studying abroad:
6,062

Top 5 destinations and number of students from South Africa studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United States 1,675
2 United Kingdom 1,582
3 Australia 875
4 Cuba 387
5 Ireland 161



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2011). Global Education Digest 2011. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Number of students from South Africa studying abroad:
5,500

Top 10 destinations and number of students from South Africa studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United States 1,622
2 United Kingdom 1,539
3 Australia 763
4 Cuba 258
5 Portugal 168 (2007)
6 Germany 157
7 New Zealand 91
8 Malaysia 85 (2007)
9 Greece 63 (2007)
10 Switzerland 60



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2010). Global Education Digest 2010. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Number of students from South Africa studying abroad:
5,746

Top 5 destinations and number of students from South Africa studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United States 1,702
2 United Kingdom 1,699
3 Australia 707
4 Germany 280
5 Cuba 243



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2009). Global Education Digest 2009. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

Number of students from South Africa studying abroad:
6,638

Top 10 destinations and number of students from South Africa studying abroad

Destination Number of Students
1 United States 1,770
2 Australia 1,578 (2005)
3 United Kingdom 1,559
4 Germany 273
5 Cuba 243 (2007)
6 Portugal 171
7 Canada 120 (2005)
8 France 101
9 Malaysia 81 (2005)
10 Switzerland 51



Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2008). Global Education Digest 2008. Montreal, Quebec: UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

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