International Matters

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.

Immigration Requirements ICD (SS2)

All non-South African students who are holders of temporary residence permits are urged to upload their immigration documents on the portal for unblocking/clearance purposes.

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Visas and Permits

Non-South African citizens must obtain temporary residence permits/visas before embarking for South Africa. The first visa is applied for in the home country and only renewals can be done in RSA. Please ensure that you are in possession of all the documentation required when applying for any of the temporary residence permits/visas.

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Medical Cover

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

Newcomers are advised to purchase medical coverage online before coming to the country. Please don’t ask third parties to purchase medical coverage for you.

The medical scheme must be registered with the Medical Schemes Council of South Africa.

We recommend Momentum Health and CompCare Medical Scheme, which offer medical cover tailored for student life.

For more information and assistance, contact our office via email: [email protected]

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.

Evaluation of foreign qualifications

If you’d like to #ChooseUP but are uncertain if your previously obtained qualifications are recognised in South Africa, please contact the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

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. You are able to pay safely online from your home without the need to travel to a bank

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