2012

Total international student enrollment: 40,270

Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Rank Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 Zimbabwe 10,846 26.9%
2 Namibia 2,638 6.6%
3 Lesotho 2,587 6.4%
4 Dem. Republic of Congo 2,533 6.3%
5 Seychelles 2,204 5.5%
6 Botswana 1,743 4.3%
7 Zambia 1,015 2.5%
8 Angola 788 2.0%
9 Malawi 600 1.5%
10 Tanzania 456 1.1%
  All Others 14,860 36.9%

Source: International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA)

2009

Total international student enrollment: 60,856

Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Rank Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 Zimbabwe 14,359 23.6%
2 Namibia 7,264 11.9%
3 Botswana 4,849 8.0%
4 Lesotho 4,004 6.6%
5 Swaziland 3,453 5.7%
6 Dem. Republic of Congo 1,815 3.0%
7 Zambia 1,529 2.5%
8 Angola 1,135 1.9%
9 Mauritius 1,108 1.8%
10 Malawi 854 1.4%
All Others 20,486 33.6%

Source: International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA)

2008

Total international student enrollment:63,964

Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? No - public only

100% of the institutions surveyed include international students.

Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Rank Place of Origin Percent of Total
1 Zimbabwe 27.8%
2 Namibia 12.2%
3 Botswana 8.1%
4 Lesotho 6.4 %
5 Swaziland 5.1%
6 Dem. Republic of Congo 2.5%
7 Zambia 2.4%
8 Mauritius 1.8%
9 Angola 1.7%
10 Mozambique 1.4%
All Others 30.6%

                                 
Source: International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA)

2006

Total international student enrollment: 53,733

Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? No - public only

100% of the institutions surveyed include international students.

Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Rank Place of Origin Percent of Total
1 Zimbabwe 18.0%
2 Namibia 13.2%
3 Botswana 10.9%
4 Lesotho 6.8%
5 Swaziland 5.1%
6 Zambia 2.7%
7 Mauritius 2.7%
8 Angola 1.9%
9 Mozambique 1.7%
10 Congo (Zaire) 1.7%
All Others 35.3%
Source: International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA)

2005

Total international student enrollment: 52,703

Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? No - public only

100% of the institutions surveyed include international students.

Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Rank Place of Origin Percent of Total
1 Zimbabwe 18.5%
2 Botswana 13.3%
3 Namibia 11.8%
4 Lesotho 7.2%
5 Swaziland 4.7%
6 Mauritius 3.1%
7 Zambia 2.5%
8 Angola 1.9%
9 Mozambique 1.8%
10 Dem. Republic of Congo 1.2%
All Others 34.0%
Source: International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA)

2004

Total international student enrollment: 49,979

Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? No - public only 

100% of the institutions surveyed include international students.

Source: International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA)

2002

Top 10 places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Rank Place of Origin Percent of Total
1 Zimbabwe 19.5%
2 Botswana 13.0%
3 Namibia 11.5%
4 Lesotho 7.3%
5 Zambia 5.3%
6 Mauritius 3.5%
7 Swaziland 3.5%
8 Angola 1.6%
9 Mozambique 1.2%
10 Malawi 0.8%
All Others 32.8%
Source: International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA)