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University of Pretoria

University of Pretoria

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Uni facts

  • Program types Master's degrees, Doctorates, Bachelor's
  • Programs total 535
  • Acceptance rates -
  • Nationalities -
  • International Students 2800

Study abroad at the University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria (UP) is a research university set in the heart of South Africa. It’s one of the largest and most respected universities in the country, and has had the highest research output in the nation since 1996.

UP is made up of nine faculties, including South Africa’s only faculty of veterinary science, and Africa’s top faculty of law and business school. The University also has seven campuses, with its largest campus located in Hatfield, and smaller sites in Onderstepoort, Mamelodi, Prinshof, Groenkloof, Hillcrest and Illovo.

All campuses are well-maintained and environmentally sustainable with top-of-the-range facilities, infrastructure and services. There are student residences at most campuses, and there are also a host of private rental accommodation options available.

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Why study at UP?

  • Highly ranked

    The University of Pretoria is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world

  • Employability

    85% of graduates are in employment within a few months of leaving

Life as an international student

International students are an important part of the University, and on average, the University of Pretoria has over 4,000 students from overseas arrive each year.

The International Cooperation Division (ISD) organize a special orientation program specifically for international students. This program is designed to help you integrate into the UP community, and also pass on important information about all the support services available on campus.

There are a number of professional departments that form the University’s support structure. They can offer help with psycho-social issues, logistics, finance, information and research management, academic application and enrollment.

Student societies organize fun events on a regular basis, so there is always something going on that you can get involved with. The University also offers some of South Africa’s top varsity sports and athletics at their stadiums and tracks.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Computer labs
    • Museum
  • Fitness Centre
    • Spin Studio
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Swimming Pool
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Swimming pools 1
    • No. of Squash Courts 1
    • No. of Golf Coursenumber 1
    • No. of Tennis Courts 1
    • No. of Basketball Courts 1
    • No. of volleyball courts 1
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Bike Rental
    • On-Campus Shuttle
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants
  • Praying Rooms
    • Chaplaincy
    • Language Centre
    • Group Praying Rooms
    • Pre sessional English Academic skills courses
  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organisations 37
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
  • Sports Facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches 1
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support

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Fees and funding

It is important for undergraduate students to note that tuition fees differ between the faculties at UP.

No scholarships available for international students.


University of Pretoria

Lynnwood Rd, Hatfield, 0002

South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent. Coral reefs, shark dives, dragon-backed mountain ranges, white-water rafting and golden beaches lapped by legendary surf breaks are some of South Africa’s many other attractions.

  • From Wonderboom Airport

    30 minutes drive

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Visa requirements for University of Pretoria

Many international students will require a visa to study in South Africa, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.