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1000 Hills Chef School: International study options

South Africa is a hive of opportunity. If you’re from outside the country and considering this as your international study destination, you’ll be delighted by our diverse culture and friendly smiles. At 1000 Hills Chef School, we welcome both local and international students, provided you have a genuine passion for food preparation and a positive attitude.

International study options: Becoming a chef

Do you have what it takes to be a chef? It’s not all about plating and making flavourful meals. Chefs survive in high-stress environments where they’re constantly juggling tasks all while delivering 5-star service and food. No excuses!

We make the learning process immensely fun. Each of our students is carefully selected and becomes part of our family, that’s also partly why we keep our classes small.

What makes this programme different is that we have structured the course materials so that you can earn three internationally recognised City & Guilds Diplomas in your first year of study. It’s ambitious, but our students love it. You can learn more about that here.

I want to come to 1000 Hills Chef School for international study, what can I expect?

Home away from home 

Coming from another country for international study, you’ll naturally be looking for safe accommodation. We offer on-site student res to 44 students. This is on a first come, first serve basis, so we encourage our international students to apply early in the year.

Extracurricular fun

Our students enjoy a variety of fun activities outside of their studies. We have regular student social events, team sports, and a fully-stocked on-site gym. That means you can find everything you need, right where you’re staying. If you want to venture out during your free time, 1000 Hills is a stone’s throw from local shopping malls, cinemas, and other thrills.

Small classes 

we keep our classes small (12 students per class) to ensure each student receives individual attention. This gives each student the opportunity to practice the recipes as many times as needed until they have mastered them. Small classes also foster a homely environment, we build a fantastic relationship with each pupil that studies with us. 1000 Hills Chef School is a home away from home. We find smaller classes also help to create that team dynamic in the kitchen, giving students a preview into their future working dynamics.

Learning facilities

We have a policy of continuous reinvestment, meaning we are always improving the facilities of our school. Our seven fully-equipped industrial kitchens, two cold rooms, and smokehouse are accompanied by our on-site micro-brewery and deli. Our deli is open to the public on weekends. As an international student, you will enjoy the weekend work (in the deli). It’s an opportunity for you to interact with the public and get a feel for the real working world.

Support and competition

A degree of healthy competition is fantastic! We encourage and support our students to enter cheffing competitions around the country. There are a few reasons for this: we love that many of our students graduate each year with a number of trophies under the belt – it helps to build a solid reputation as you enter the working world. These competitions also give you the opportunity to meet other industry professionals and network, while you’re getting experience working under pressure.

How to enrol for international study in South Africa

The steps involved in enrolling from outside the country are a little more complicated than it is for locals. We love meeting new people from far away, so don’t let the paperwork deter you.

Apply for international study in South Africa by completing form BI-1738. You can get this form at any South African embassy or VFS Centres. Your study VISA will allow you to stay in the country for the duration of your course only.

There are a number of documents you need to have completed before you can submit your BI-1738 form. You will need medical cover, a copy of your passport, and more. You can get the details here.

Determined to book your spot in 2020? Start the application process now. If you have questions, feel free to contact us here, or enrol here.

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