Welcome to our international students

The University of Pretoria is set in the heart of South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria. We’re surrounded by the diplomatic corps of countries from across the world. In fact, Pretoria hosts the second-highest number of diplomatic missions in the world.

As such, UP attracts thousands of students from more than 100 countries across the world. We are a world-class university with many exchange programmes for students, and internationally collaborative research projects for academics. Our campuses are diverse and dynamic spaces where many different local and international cultures find a home. Our international students get ongoing comprehensive support from the International Cooperation Division (ICD) in the Department of Research and Innovation (DRI). The ICD also provides guidance and advice on immigration and visa matters. The ICD also helps international students secure UP accommodation or UP-accredited accommodation and advises them on how to obtain South African medical aid.

Faculties

 

Economic and Management Sciences

Economic and Management Sciences

For over 100 years, the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria has produced a high calibre of professionals. Many of our alumni are leaders in business and have made their mark around the world.

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Education

Education

The Faculty of Education prides itself on being a multi-racial and culturally diverse environment for learning. Our programmes are strengthened by our partnership with the Department of Basic Education, as well as other departments and faculties within the University of Pretoria.

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Humanities

Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities is internationally recognised for its research and expertise in community and development studies, archaeology and 400 other subject fields, including the world’s first global classroom in political sciences.

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Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Natural and Agricultural Sciences

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria is one of the largest of its kind. We know that global challenges do not exist in silos, so we encourage postgraduate research projects across and beyond a range of disciplines and fields.

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Health Sciences

Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences has a range of postgraduate offerings across the medical, dental and allied health professions. These programmes range from research and further specialisations to continuous professional development courses.

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Engineering, Built Environment and IT

Engineering, Built Environment and IT

The Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology at the University of Pretoria is the largest of its kind in South Africa. The School of Engineering ranks in the top 1% of engineering institutions globally.

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Law

Law

The Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria is the top law school in Africa and among the world’s best law schools. We have internationally recognised programmes in all our disciplines.

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Veterinary Science

Veterinary Science

The Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria is the only one of its kind in South Africa. We produce a high calibre of animal health professionals at undergraduate level, while at postgraduate level, our programmes are focused on food security based on the health of production animals.

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Theology

Theology

The Faculty of Theology and Religion offers postgraduate research opportunities across a wide spectrum of internationally recognised programmes in strategic academic and societal interests, ranging from social cohesion to social ethics that are rooted within various faith traditions.

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The Gordon Institute of Business Science

The Gordon Institute of Business Science

At GIBS, you are assured of a business school experience that embraces technology and disruption, while always finding ways to humanise and connect to the new digital world of work. As an entrepreneurial institution, with deep connections to the African continent, GIBS has changed dramatically since its founding in 2000.

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Student Voices

 

Nurulhudah Okwayo

Nurulhudah Okwayo

Caleb Masina

Caleb Masina

Rose Otema Baah

Rose Otema Baah

Bruhan Kyomuhendo

Bruhan Kyomuhendo

Daba Bakhoum

Daba Bakhoum

How to apply – PG international students

Thank you for choosing the University of Pretoria (UP) to pursue your postgraduate qualification and for considering South Africa as your study destination of choice. The first step to joining the programme of your choice is to apply. While it may seem a daunting task at first, please rest assured that we have provided you with all the information and guidance you need to make the process smooth, simple and seamless. Now that you’ve decided to study further, we’ve made it easy for you to apply. This video gives you step-by-step guidelines on how to apply at UP.

Message from the Principal

Other Postgraduate Interests

Accommodation

UP provides postgraduate accommodation for approximately 1 ,200 students, but due to limited space, it is important to apply early. Applications for postgraduate residences open in March for prospective students and at the start of the second semester for current students. Only those applying for or enrolled in a postgraduate study programme can apply. Prospective students can indicate their interest in residences during their initial application, while current students can apply through the UP- Student Portal. Placement is not guaranteed, as demand exceeds availability, and all applicants are placed on a waiting list.

Postgraduate residences offer single-room facilities with shared common areas, and limited bachelor units are available. If you have specific accommodation needs due to a disability, please indicate this during the application process, and the UP Disability Unit and Department of Residence Affairs and Accommodation will work together to accommodate you. Private accredited accommodation is also an option, as the University cannot guarantee residence placement due to high demand.

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Immigration requirements

International students must comply with the Immigration Act and the University’s rules and regulations concerning international students, or may be compelled to vacate University accommodation with 24 hours’ notice. Information in this regard can be obtained from the international consultants at the Student Service Centre.

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Visa and permits

Non-South African citizens must obtain temporary residence permits/visas before embarking to South Africa. Please ensure that you are in possession of all the documentation required when applying for any of the temporary residence permits/visas. Visit the website www.dha.gov.za  to ascertain where the closest South African Mission is and what will be required of you.

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Medical cover

All non-South African citizens, including students who are citizens from SADC countries, need to comply with the immigration regulation as determined by the Republic before registration. Medical cover is required at all times for the period of your visa validity.

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Foreign embassies and consulates in South Africa

South Africa is said to have the second highest number of diplomatic missions in the world, after Washington, DC, and most of them are located in Pretoria. Click here for details about your home country’s consulate or embassy.

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