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Language & Culture in South Africa

The Language and Culture of South Africa

With 11 officially recognized languages, it is no wonder that South Africa has become a multicultural power house. Especially in the era of Post-Apartheid, there has been a consistent effort to rebrand South Africa as a “Rainbow Nation” of diversity.

The effort can be seen in a unique blend of indigenous cultures combined with colonial influence. Together they create a fusion like no other in the world. International students studying in South Africa will especially appreciate the stellar art scene and intriguing literary canon.

Get prepared to be impressed by artists such as Zanele Muholi and William Kentridge. Or, take the time to soak in the books of Nadine Gordimer, South Africa’s first winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Due to its colonial past, two of the main language spoken in South Africa are English and Afrikaans.

Universities in South Africa, therefore, conduct almost all programs in English, making it a great location for native English speakers to find programs in their own language.

Although you must prove a certain level of English proficiency before being accepted to a program, it’s also a great opportunity for non-native English speakers to practice and improve their English skills.

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Last update: 07 May 2018

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