South Africa has become the host country of destination not only to immigrants from the
Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, but also from countries such as India, Pakistan and
Sri Lanka. Much research has focussed on Black Immigrant students1 experiences in South African schools.
Little if any research has addressed experiences of Indian immigrant students2.Utilising social constructivism,
case study approach and narrative inquiry, this study sets out to explore the socio-cultural experiences of Indian
immigrant students in South African schools. It was found that contests of space and place in South African
‘schoolscapes’3were not so much about ‘race’ as it was about nationalism and territoriality. For South African
Indian students, international competition was not an abstract policy; it entered the school through immigrant
students. For Indian immigrant students international acceptance implied a re-negotiation of identities and a
reconciliation of cultural ambiguities.