Top Universities To study abroad in South Africa

South Africa is one of the top study destinations for the African continent as well as international students around the world. Thousands of international students study at some of the top universities in South Africa. 

Study in top universities in South Africa
Top universities to study abroad in South Africa

Below is a list of some of the top universities in south Africa, The contact numbers and as well as website addresses are given. Any interested students wishing to study in South Africa can follow the links for the respective university websites. 

  • University of Cape Town

Study abroad the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The University of Cape Town (UCT) is the  South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions on the continent. 

This university accepts international students. You can follow the official website address below to obtain the necessary information on the application processes and requirements. 

Tel +27 21 650 2105/6

Fax +27 21 650 5100

  • University of Fort Hare

Study in South Africa at the University of Fort Hare.  The South African Native College, later the University of Fort Hare, was,  ironically, founded in  1916 on  the  site  of  the  earlier British military stronghold. The college originated from the sometimes uneasy alliance between the new class of educated African Christians, supported by a  number of  traditional Southern African leaders, and early twentieth-century white liberals, many of them clergy.

How to Apply to Study at University of Fort Hare?

In order to apply to study at University of Fort Hare, follow the website address listed below to get the application details. 

Tel +27 40 653 2312

Fax +27 40 653 1338

  • University of the Free State

Study at the University of the Free State in South Africa. From a humble start in 1904, the UFS became a well-known institution, boasting 164 NRF-accredited researchers and 2 521 staff members.Their students can participate in 22 different sport disciplines and study from 671 182 library books, including 14 000 ebooks. The university's ever-expanding facilities and knowledge base present many opportunities for scholars to impact locally and globally.

Apply online on this website address below. 

Tel +27 51 401 2114

Fax +27 51 401 3669

  • University of Johannesburg

Study in South Africa at the university of Johannesburg. Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. 

University of Johannesburg
The University of Johannesburg

Proudly South African, the university is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds for the continent's development. UJ has transformed into a diverse, inclusive, transformational and collegial institution, with a student population of over 50 000, of which more than 3000 are international students from 80 countries. This makes UJ one of the largest contact universities in South Africa (SA) from the 26 public universities that make up the higher education system.

How to Apply to study at at the University of Johannesburg.. For application processes and requirements, check out the official website below. 

Tel +27 11 559 4555


  • University of KwaZulu-Natal

Study at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The University of KwaZulu-Natal was formed on 1 January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The new university brings together the rich histories of both the former Universities.

University of KwaZulu - Natal
University of KwaZulu - Natal

The two KwaZulu-Natal universities were among the first batch of South African institutions to merge in 2004 in accordance with the government’s higher educational restructuring plans that will eventually see the number of higher educational institutions in South Africa reduced from 36 to 21. Confirmed by a Cabinet decision in December 2002, the mergers are the culmination of a wide-ranging consultative process on the restructuring of the Higher Education Sector that began in the early 1990s.

For Application Processes to study at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, follow the website below. 

Tel +27 31 260 2227

Fax +27 31 262 2192

  • University of Limpopo

Study at the University of Limpopo in South Africa.  The University of Limpopo is the result of a merger between the former Medical University of Southern Africa and the University of the North, which merger occurred on 01 January 2005.

university of Limpopo
university of Limpopo

The Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) was established in 1976 to provide tertiary education and training facilities to the educationally disadvantaged in the fields of Medicine, Allied Health and Nursing Sciences, and Dentistry intended to meet the health needs of the country.

The Campus is situated to the north-west of Pretoria. Its grounds extend over some 350 ha adjoining the Ga-Rankuwa Township and are easily accessible by roads and rail. Regular bus and taxi services operate between Pretoria and Dr George Mukhari Hospital as well as between Mabopane and Medunsa.

The extension of University Education Act of 1959 made provision for the establishment of racially exclusive universities for black South Africans. Under the provisions of the Act, the University College of the North was established about thirty kilometres from the Limpopo Province town of Polokwane on 01 August 1959. The College was placed under the academic trusteeship of the University of South Africa. This formative relationship was maintained until the South African Parliament promulgated the University of the North Act (Act No. 47 of 1969) thus bringing to an end the College status as of 01 January 1970.

The University nestles in the foothills of the Hwiti (Wolkberg range) in Mankweng, midway between Polokwane and the spectacular splendour of Magoebaskloof.

How to Apply to study at University of Limpopo. The Application processes and requirements are available on the official website on the address provided below. 

Tel +27 15 268 2140

Fax +27 15 267 0142

  • University of Mpumalanga

Study at the University of Mpumalanga in South Africa. The University of Mpumalanga (UMP) is situated in the scenic Province of the rising sun, a context for staff and students’ inspiration. UMP was established in 2013, and enrolled the first cohort of 169 students in February 2014 in three programmes, namely Bachelor of Education (Foundation Phase Teaching), Bachelor of Agriculture in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Development and Diploma in ICT.  Rapid and gratifying growth has been experienced since the establishment of the University.  The University now offers 26 qualifications, to a total of 4200 students in 2020.

The University prides itself for being able to respond with agility to the dynamic needs of its students and the communities it serves. UMP is striving for innovation and transformation, in the interests of the less privileged. 

University of Mpumalanga (UMP)
University of Mpumalanga (UMP) 

How to Apply to Study at the University of Mpumalanga. All application processes are outlined on the official website. The website address is provided below. Follow the address to apply.

Tel +27 13 002 0001

  • Nelson Mandela University

Study at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. Nelson Mandela University is ideally located and offers a vast variety of programmes in a multi-cultural and caring environment. Six of Nelson Mandela University’s campuses are in Nelson Mandela Bay and one is located in George. Both are ideal places to spend your student years, offering all the advantages of city living in a friendly and safe environment in spectacular natural surroundings – from beaches and mountains to game reserves and indigenous forest. 

Nelson Mandela University
Nelson Mandela University

Nelson Mandela University has more than 500 study programmes, including several fields in which the university excels. They are well-known for art and design, building, chartered accounting, engineering, health and environmental sciences and information technology. The university holds the SA Research Chairs in nanophotonics, automotive engineering, mechatronics and HIV/Aids in Education. Many programmes include workplace experience as part of the curriculum, giving students the advantage of being able to walk straight into the real world of work.

It is the most diverse university in South Africa, with African students coming from 34 countries on the continent. The university networks with leading institutions around the globe to ensure that their  students are prized players wherever they find themselves in the job market.

Nelson Mandela University offers a variety of social and cultural activities, which means students can have fun while they study. There is an extensive range of associations, cultural societies, sport clubs and facilities, allowing students to make new friends, interact with fellow students and explore subjects of mutual interest.

A wide range of student services and support facilities are offered to assist studnets in every aspect of student life.

Students have access to well-equipped laboratories for specific subjects, lecture halls, libraries, counselling and health services, cafeterias, food courts and coffee shops. Nelson Mandela University also accommodates people with disabilities.

How to Apply at Nelson Mandela University. Simply follow the official website address provided below to make an enrollment application. 

Tel +27 41 504 2075

Fax +27 41 504 9211

  • North West University

The at the North West University in South Africa (NWU). The NWU is committed to functioning as a unitary, integrated, multi-campus university that enables equity, redress and globally competitive teaching and research across all three of our campuses. The core activities, teaching-learning and research, are intertwined with community engagement and innovation in our eight faculties, most of which serve both distance and contact students.

The NWU offers more than just an education: they offer people a place in the world. Academically, students benefit from great choice and flexibility, enabling them to fulfill their potential and start preparing for their careers. 

Through collaboration with other universities and institutions internationally, they are part of the global higher education community. The university's internationalisation activities include student and staff exchange and cooperation in academic, research, cultural and sports matters.

As we like to say in our University Anthem: “where the willow trees grow and the thorn tree spreads its shade, there you will grow in knowledge.

How to Apply to study at North West University NWU?  Follow the official website address provided below to apply for admission at the university. 

Tel +27 18 299 4897

Fax +27 18 299 4910

  • University of Pretoria

Study at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. The University of Pretoria (UP) is one of Africa’s top universities and the largest contact university in South Africa. We produce socially impactful research to find solutions for the world’s most pressing issues. We have a high quality of teaching and learning in the classroom, online, or in communities. 

University of Pretoria
University of Pretoria

We have support in place for our students to graduate on time as well-rounded, responsible citizens fully prepared for the world beyond university.

How to apply to study at the university of Pretoria. Apply online on the website address provided here. 

Tel: 012 420 4111 

Fax: 012 420 4555

  • Rhodes University

Tel +27 46 603 8148

Fax +27 46 622 8444

  • Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University 

Tel +27 12 521 4111

  • Sol Plaatje University

Tel +27 53 491 000

  • University of South Africa

Study at University of South Africa. As Africa's leading open distance learning institution, they offer internationally accredited qualifications and have world-class resources that inspire learners to create meaningful futures on their own terms. They are the African University shaping futures in the service of humanity.


They are a reputable, comprehensive, flexible and accessible open distance learning institution that is motivating a future generation. They offer internationally accredited qualifications and have world-class resources. Their vision “towards the African University shaping futures in the service of humanity” drives us to find answers to Africa’s educational and developmental problems.

The three core business areas of Unisa are teaching, research and community engagement. Our world-class research is spearheaded by the Research, Postgraduate Studies, Innovation and Commercialisation portfolio and community engagement by our Community Engagement and Outreach Policy. We also place great importance on the celebration and promotion of our African arts and culture through various endeavours.

How to Study at UNISA.

All application procedures can be obtained from the website address below.

Tel +27 12 429 3111

Fax +27 12 429 2565

  • University of Stellenbosch

Tel +27 21 808 9111

Fax +27 21 808 3822

  • Walter Sisulu University for Technology

Tel +27 47 502 2200

Fax +27 47 502 2970

  • University of Venda 

Tel +27 15 962 8000

Fax +27 15 962 4742

  • University of the Western


Tel +27 21 959 2911

Fax +27 21 959 2973

  • University of the Witwatersrand 

Study in South Africa at this amazing university.  The Wits University is taking the lead in reimagining trendy Braamfontein to further our contribution in delivering high level scarce skills for the global knowledge economy. The University is located in Johannesburg, the economic and industrial heartland of the African continent, places the university in good stead to interact with the public and private sectors, civil society and other social agents to effect meaningful change in society. 

Wits university
Wits university 

From discovering what lies beneath the earth's surface to saving lives through better health care systems, Wits is on the ground making a difference. We have over 50 active projects around Africa and the University is represented globally through our partnerships, collaborations, staff, student exchanges and our alumni. Wits University is also the co-founder of the African Research Universities Alliance.

Wits University produces more millionaires than any other university in SA. Our graduates have gone on to become global leaders in every field of endeavour. Through their civic engagement, they have built cultural institutions, fought injustices and made their communities better places to live in. Our alumni office provides access to exclusive services, networks and news. There are immense benefits in being part of Wits.

Wits University provides a wealth of academic, cultural and sporting options for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Our support programmes provide a bridging gap between high school and university by providing a support structure aimed at empowering and equipping first year university students with the necessary and essential skills to navigate successfully through university. 

How to Apply to Study at Wits university.  Follow the website link below for the application process.

Tel +27 11 717 1102/2050

Fax +27 11 339 8215

  • University of Zululand 

Tel +27 35 902 6624

Fax +27 35 902 6601

University of Technologies

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Study technology in South Africa at the University of Cape Peninsula University of Technology. 

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology was established on 1 January 2005, when the Cape Technikon and Peninsula Technikon merged. This merger was part of a national transformation process that transformed the higher education landscape in South Africa. Today, this institution is the only university of technology in the Western Cape and is the largest university in the region, boasting more than 30 000 students, several campuses and service points and more than 70 programmes.

However, the institution has humble beginnings in the Cape Technikon and Peninsula Technikon, which dates back to the early 1900’s.

How to Apply: Apply through the website address provided below.

Tel +27 21 460 3911

  • Central University of Technology Free State

Tel +27 51 507 3911

  • Durban Institute of Technology

Tel +27 31 204 2111

  • Mangosuthu University of Technology

Tel +27 31 907 7111

  • Tshwane University of Technology

Tel +27 12 318 5911

  • Vaal University of Technology

Tel +27 16 950 9000

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