International Students

Mission Statement
The mission of the office of the International Student Advisor is to provide the highest quality services to the international community at Africa University and to serve as an international cultural resource to the entire University community.
The office is committed:

  • To advising international students on Zimbabwean immigration laws and on matters of personal and cultural adjustment.
  • In helping, developing and implementing programs designed to enhance the overall experience of Africa University international students.
  • In playing an active role in the integration of the culturally diverse community of Africa University and promote the spirit of Pan Africanism.

Wehnam Peter Dabale, MBA
International Student Advisor
Office: Prefab, Room 9
Telephone: + 263 20 60075/60026
cell: + 263 772 305 547
Email address:

  • If you are currently abroad, and do not yet have a valid Zimbabwean student visa, you generally apply for one at the Zimbabwean embassy or consulate with jurisdiction over your place of permanent residence.
  • You should apply for your student visa well in advance of the date you would like to depart for Africa University.
  • Remember that you are required to show proof of having been provisionally accepted by Africa University and paid the required service fees when you appear for your visa interview.
  • It is important for you to have your visa in time to arrive and begin registration and orientation activities for the first week of classes.
  • It takes two weeks to process Zimbabwean visa in embassy or consulates worldwide

Be sure to bring the following with you to the visa appointment:

  1. Passport
  2. Required photo(s)
  3. Visa fee or proof of visa fee payment
  4. Africa University admission letter
  5. proof of financial support
  6. any other documents required by the embassy or consulate

Remember that if you plan to attend Africa University, you must present the visa officer with an Africa university’s admission letter issued by the Registrar. You cannot apply for a Zimbabwean visa using another school's admission letter, and then try to attend Africa University as that is considered to be a fraudulent entry by the Zimbabwean Immigration authorities.

You are well advised to consider the following matters prior to your visa appointment, as you may be asked about each item.

The vast majority of Africa University students will be successful in obtaining their student visas. Despite this, a small number of students may have their visa applications denied. Much more common than a visa denial is a visa delay. This is why it is so important to apply for your visa on time. The most common reasons for visa denial or delays are:

  • Closings or reduced hours at Zimbabwean visa issuing posts abroad due to security concerns
  • Closings or reduced hours at Zimbabwean visa issuing posts abroad due to political instability in the host country.
  • Student or scholar's record does not appear in the Immigration system at the Zimbabwean embassy or consulate, even though the student or scholar presents an admission letter. If you are told that your record does not appear in the visa officer's immigration system, immediately contact the Dean of Students or International Student Advisor at and and provide the date and location of your visa interview.

We will in turn contact the appropriate authority to have your immigration record re-submitted directly to the location where you have applied for your visa.

Immediately you are registered as a student at Africa University, you are eligible to apply for a study permit.

The Zimbabwean study permit is valid for 12 calendar months (i.e. one year) and it is renewable for continuing students who are on good academic standing.

  1. Statutory fee of USD 200
  2. Two photocopies of admission letter from the Academic Affairs
  3. Two certified copies of Chest X-RAY report
  4. Two Certified Passport pages in lieu of birth certificate
  5. Three current passport size photos
  6. Proof of payment of fees and accommodation from the Dean of Students office
  7. Police report
  8. Two completed I.F 5 (Immigration form 5)
  9. Two completed I.F 1 (Immigration form 1)
  1. Letter from the Dean of Surdents
  2. Statutory fee of USD 200
  3. Original Permit/ Provisional Restriction Notice (PRN)
  4. Result or transcript of the previous academic year

Study Permit can only be applied for or renewed at the Department of Immigration Control offices in Harare or Mutare.

Department of Immigration Control
Manica Chambers, 2nd Floor
Hebert Chitepo Road/2nd St