For example qualifying as a teacher, engineer or doctor in South Africa does not automatically allow you to practice your profession in other countries.
For this reason it is vital to fully understand the status of the qualification or programme you wish to pursue before committing to an academic course.
In order to be recognized at a global level the qualification must meet certain minimum academic standards.
These standards are prescribed by each country and the level of the qualification is determined through an accreditation process.
In South Africa, all higher education programmes must be quality assured by the Council on Higher Education’s Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC).
Approved programmes are registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training and listed on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) which is administered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
Many assume that university level degrees are internationally recognized but this is not necessarily the case.
Even qualified professionals with experience may be required to complete additional learning programmes before they can work in a new country.
If working in other places is one of your goals be sure to check whether your qualification is accredited, recognized and exportable.
You can do this by first checking with the higher education institution where the programme is being offered.
On www.saqa.org.za to find out more about your qualification.