International Prospective Students

Why ChooseUP

You should #ChooseUP because it is one of the best universities in Africa. There are more than 1 000 study programmes for you to explore, whatever your interest may be. You need to be committed and passionate about your chosen field and want to make a difference in the world through your research. Visit our Virtual Campus to discover a new field of interest, explore our campuses and find the information you need to apply to the University of Pretoria. If you #ChooseUP, you will have access to some of the best resources and facilities in Africa, all of which will equip you with the necessary problem-solving skills to make your mark on the world.

9 faculties
and 1 business school
52 702 students

one of the largest contact universities in SA

93% of our students find work

or continue with studies within six months of completing their studies

67% of staff with PHDs

Click here to download the International Students’ Guide, which contains all the information you need in order to apply to the University of Pretoria.

Immigration Requirements ICD (SS2)

All non- South African students who are holders of temporary residence permits are urged to report at the International Cooperation Division desk at the Hillcrest Campus to submit the required unblocking/ clearance documents...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more


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.

English requirements

English is the University of Pretoria’s operational language for enquiries, research, teaching and learning. You are required to have a good grasp of the language in order to excel in your chosen programme at the University...Read more

Evaluation of international qualifications

If you’d like to #ChooseUP but are uncertain if your previously obtained qualifications are recognised in South Africa, this infographic will help you to assess your status in three simple steps...Read more


The University of Pretoria has partnered with Flywire to offer a secure way for international students to make tuition fee payments from their home country. During this global pandemic, we understand the importance of being able to pay safely online from your home without the need to travel to a bank... Read more



We know that you have worked really hard and have always wanted to #ChooseUP because it is one of the best universities in Africa.

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The University of Pretoria is one of South Africa’s largest producers of research. We build on our strong postgraduate programmes and produce researchers who are capable of using their skills to solve some of the world’s most pressing concerns.

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Key application & closing dates

Application dates for international students differ from those for South African students.

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Going to university for the first time means that you have lots of questions. You’re not alone! Here’s some of the questions that we’re asked most often.

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Information Pack 2024

The International Cooperation Division offers a special orientation programme for all newcomers to UP. This special orientation programme for international students will take place on 9 February 2024 and it is compulsory for all newcomers.

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