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Public Relations Studies in South Africa

Canal Wall Mall in Cape Town, South AfricaA degree in Public Relations can qualify you for a variety of professional opportunities, and now you can study for part or all of that degree in the beautiful country of South Africa as part of an exciting study abroad program.
South Africa is a proud and vibrant country, located at the southern tip of the African continent.  It is surrounded by the neighboring countries of Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the north; and Mozambique and Swaziland to the east.  Its western and northern borders make up the country’s large coastline, totaling 2,798 kilometers (1,739 mi) in length.  South Africa is the 25th largest country in the world by area and the 24th most populous country, with a population of nearly 52 million.

Public Relations Education in South Africa

As the economy of South Africa continues to grow and mature, the study of Public Relations is becoming increasingly popular at the country’s colleges and universities.  One such university, the Independent Institute of Education, or IIE, offers a comprehensive degree program in the discipline; a program that helps prepare students for professional positions in the field, both within the country and internationally.
At IIE, the faculty understands that a vital component to the success of any organization is the strength of the relationship that it maintains with various stakeholders in the public.  Thus, the coursework in the Public Relations degree program centers around maintaining this relationship by teaching students the required technical skills, communication abilities and strategic thinking techniques that will help them succeed following graduation.
The Public Relations degree in South Africa is aimed at students who aspire to become public relations consultants, promoting and managing an organization’s public image and relationship with its staff, customers and investors.  Students learn a variety of skills as participants in the program, such as liaising with the media, writing and editing press releases, event management techniques and producing in-house journals and staff magazines.  The credentials students earn are accredited by the Council on Higher Education, at level 6 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
The Public Relations course in South Africa is offered at both the undergraduate and graduate degree level, spanning approximately 4 years and 2 years in duration, respectively.  Successful applicants to the program must possess, at minimum, a secondary school certificate or diploma.

Why Study Abroad In South Africa?

The benefits associated with studying abroad in South Africa are limitless, beginning with the academic advantages.  South Africa has perhaps the most sophisticated system of higher education on the African continent and its colleges and universities employ expert faculty who are eager to impart their knowledge to students.  The campus atmosphere at these institutions is friendly and collegial, especially when it comes to international students, who are welcomed with open arms.  Other reasons to study in the country include:
Tuitions costs and the cost of living in South Africa are relatively low compared to other popular study abroad destinations.  This means you can afford more luxury and still have plenty of money left over for things like shopping and exploring the country as if you were on holiday.
Natural Beauty
From Table Mountain to God’s Window, South Africa’s scenic landscape is legendary, and its mountains, coasts, deserts and forests are not only a treat for the eye, but a means through which you can rest and rejuvenate your spirit from a long week of study.
Fun and Adventure
In sunny South Africa, the great weather makes it perfect for a wide variety of activities, from year-round golf to taking advantage of the large coastline in the south and west.  South Africans are also some of the most adventurous people on the planet, and the country is home to a variety of attractions through which you too can challenge yourself, doing everything from snorkeling to rock and mountain climbing to shark-cage diving.
Cultural Enlightenment
Considered the Rainbow Nation, South Africa is home to a variety of diverse cultures and a whopping 11 official languages.  All of these cultures are regularly on display—their customs, traditions and celebrations—affording you the rare opportunity to learn about and embrace the differences between their way of life and your own.

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