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South Africa

As a resident of South Africa you can study some courses directly with the OU.
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You can study some OU courses through our educational partner in your country. For more information contact our partner direct.

Independent Institute of Education/Varsity College

ADvTECH House, Inanda Greens
54 Wierda Road West , Wierda Val
Sandton 2196
South Africa
Tel: 00 27 11 676 8021

The agreement between IIE/Varsity College and The Open University enables students who have successfully completed the IIE Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communication or Bachelor of Commerce degree at Varsity College to progress with their studies by registering directly with the OU for the equivalent of the final year of a BA(Honours) Open degree or a BSc(Honours) Open degree.

Students will begin with three years of study at one of the IIE’s Varsity College campuses in South Africa for a bachelors degree which will enable them to claim credit transfer of up to 240 credits towards the 360 credits required for the OU BA/BSc Open (Honours) degree. Students will then register directly with the OU for a further 120 credits of OU online study at level 3.

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For contact details of the eight Varsity College campuses in South Africa:

Courses available through this partner

The Open University and the Independent Institute of Education (IIE) are working together to offer IIE graduates an opportunity to achieve an internationally recognised honours degree from the Open University. This is done through the IIE educational brand, Varsity College.

You can also contact us in the UK at

Student Registration & Enquiry Service

The Open University
PO Box 197
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)845 300 60 90
Fax: +44 (0)1908 654 914
website: Contact us using our webform

For advice before you study.

You can see the full range of Open University materials for sale at our Learning Resources website.