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University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria (UP) is one of Africa’s leading higher education institutions


The University of Pretoria (UP) is one of Africa’s leading higher education institutions. The University’s 2025 strategic plan charts a course for the UP to deliver on its vision of becoming a leading research-intensive university in Africa, recognised internationally for its quality, relevance and impact, and also for developing people, creating knowledge and making a difference locally and globally. More than 60 000 students from South Africa and further afield enrol at the UP each year.

Academic offerings and programmes

The University has nine faculties, including the Veterinary Science Faculty on the Onderstepoort Campus, the only one of its kind in South Africa that is responsible for ground-breaking research and clinical work. The University also has a business school, the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). The University of Pretoria offers 1 234 academic programmes, which lead to 230 different qualifications. Furthermore, the University has established institutes, centres and units to enhance its research output. It also offers academic service learning programmes that benefit students, staff and a number of communities.

The nine faculties and business school produced, on average, 16% of South Africa’s doctoral degrees, 27% of its professional engineers, 14% of all healthcare professionals and all the country’s veterinary scientists annually, according to 2011 figures. GIBS was rated the best business school in Africa and one of the best globally by the prestigious UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings in 2013. It is still the only African business school to be placed in the top 50 business schools worldwide for executive education programmes. This is the eighth year running that GIBS has achieved this accolade. This constitutes a small measure of the University’s academic achievements.

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Research excellence

The University of Pretoria has forged more than 160 active partnership agreements with higher education institutions across the globe – including 21 on the African continent – to facilitate research collaboration and study exchanges.
Over a 20 year period, the UP has on average produced the highest percentage (14%) of total South African research output, and boasts more than 300 National Research Foundation-rated researchers among its academic staff.
To further enhance the University’s strong research focus and capability, the UP has established a number of carefully selected Institutional Research Themes (IRTs) and Faculty Research Themes (FRTs), bringing together proven world-class expertise across a range of related disciplines. These IRTs and FRTs have a particular relevance for Pan-African development goals, and are currently organised as follows:

Institutional Research Themes

• Animal and Zoonotic Diseases
• Capital Cities
• Energy
• Food Nutrition and Well-being
• Genomics
Faculty Research Themes
• Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine
• Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa
• UP Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control

For more information on research themes, click here.

Language policy and medium of instruction

For general communication, the University uses three languages namely Afrikaans, English and Sepedi. In formal education, the medium of instruction is either English or Afrikaans, or both of these languages, provided there is a demand and it is academically and economically justifiable. However, it remains the student’s responsibility to ascertain on an annual basis in which language a module and any further level of that module is presented. In respect to administrative and other services, students have the right to choose whether the University should communicate with them in English or Afrikaans.

In order for international students to immerse themselves in both the academic and social environments of the University of Pretoria, they need to be familiar with the English language.

The campuses and faculties of the University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria is one of the largest contact universities in South Africa. There are six campuses in Tshwane (ie Pretoria) while the Gordon Institute of Business Science presents modules on both the Hatfield and Sandton campuses.

The Groenkloof Campus houses the Faculty of Education with its own student residences and sports grounds.

The Hatfield Campus houses the following faculties:

• Economic and Management Sciences
• Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology
• Humanities
• Law
• Natural and Agricultural Sciences
• Theology

The Mamelodi Campus offers selected BSc (Four-year programmes) of the Faculties of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and the BCom ( Four-year programme) of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.

The Onderstepoort Campus houses the only Faculty of Veterinary Science in South Africa with its own student residences.

The Prinshof Campus houses the Faculty of Health Sciences with its own student residences.

The UP Sports Campus houses TuksSport and the High Performance Centre (hpc).

Sport represents a significant part of student life and has a long and proud tradition at the University. The UP provides students with opportunities to participate at club, national and international levels in 34 sporting disciplines. TuksSport, along with the hpc and the hpc Hotel provides world-class sport facilities for visiting sportsmen and women.

Over the years, the University has produced many national and international sport stars. For more information consult  or email your query to .

The Gordon Institute of Business Science Campus (in Illovo, Sandton), provides world-class business and leadership education to the South African business community. For more information consult .

Accommodation at the University of Pretoria

The Department of Residence Affairs and Accommodation (TuksRes) offers students a safe, functionally-convenient, on-campus study and living environment. Placement is based on academic merit and the first round of placements is done in June of the year preceding study. Demand always exceeds availability, so it is advisable to apply as soon as possible.

The Department of Student Affairs (DSA)

The vision of this Department is to create an equitable environment for students by providing vocational guidance, social and psychological care in order to promote academic success. The Department of Student Affairs incorporates the following divisions:

Student Support Division

This division includes student health, student counselling and the Unit for Students with Special Needs. Services provided by the Student Support Division include the following:

o academic development (career counselling and assessment, study method and reading courses, stress management, psychometric testing, time management and career planning)
o potential development (conflict management, communication skills, goal setting and problem solving)
o individual and relationship counselling (interpersonal problems, stress, depression, eating disorders, life trauma, emotional problems and the development of life skills)

Student Development Division

This division includes all student governance structures and organised student life initiatives. It incorporates the:

  • Student Parliament (SP)

  • Student Representative Council (SRC)

  • Constitutional Tribunal (Student Court)

  • Day houses

  • Faculty houses

  • More than 100 religious, cultural, academic, political and other societies

  • Service providers:

    • TuksRAG (Reach Out and Give)

    • Stuku (student culture)

Arts and cultural activities

The University’s own symphony orchestra, various choirs, film festivals, the serenade competition, drama productions, the annual Ienkmelodienk concert and many more events cater for the cultural needs. The University of Pretoria has four museums which are not only for cultural enjoyment, but are also research centres and provide added value to various academic programmes. Obtain more information via email from .

Application for admission

Applications open on 1 March of the year preceding the year of study. Owing to the large number of applications received every year, prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible from 1 March.

It is recommended that students apply online at . Once an application form has been processed, applicants will receive a student number (EMPLID). Students are also welcome to download an application form from the website and may follow the progress of an application online via the UP Portal (“Student Centre”). Visit .

However, if the student does not have access to the internet, the student is still welcome to submit an application on paper. It is important that the previous year’s application form is not used for this purpose. Application forms are distributed to schools or may be requested by dialling +27 (0)12 420 3111. A non-refundable application fee of R270 must accompany every application. The University will only accept original application forms. Faxed, scanned, or e-mailed application forms will not be accepted. Each student must complete only one application form.

The application form provides for a first and second choice of study programme. It is not advisable to apply for two selection programmes as a first and second choice. Selection programmes are study programmes with early closing dates and limited space and must preferably be indicated as first choice on the application form. It is particularly important to note that applications for admission to any of the study programmes in the Faculty of Health Sciences and to the selection programmes Bachelor of Science Architecture ( BScArch) or Bachelor of Science Interior Architecture (BScInt) in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, will only be considered if the relevant study programme is indicated as a first choice on the application form.

The following documents must accompany the application:

• A certified copy of the student’s final Grade 11 examination report indicating the promotion mark.
• A certified copy of the student’s ID or birth certificate.

The completed application form together with the prescribed, non-refundable application fee of R270 (cheque/postal order), must reach the Client Service Centre before the closing date and must be posted to the Client Service Centre, University of Pretoria, Private bag X20, Hatfield 0028.

For more information on fees and funding (financial aid), click here.

Closing dates

Applications for admission to undergraduate academic study programmes for both South African and non-South African citizen’s close on the dates specified below in the year preceding the year of study.



South African citizens

Non-South African citizens

Selection programmes

Other study programmes

Selection programmes

Other study programmes

Economic and Management Sciences


30 September


31 August



30 September


31 August

Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology

30 June

30 September

30 June

31 August

Health Sciences

31 May

30 November

31 May

30 November


30 June

30 September

30 June

31 August


30 June


30 June


Natural and Agricultural Sciences


30 September


31 August



30 September


31 August

Veterinary Science

31 May


31 May



The Client Service Centre

The Client Service Centre at the University of Pretoria provides a quick and efficient service in respect of the following:

• general enquiries regarding the University
• residences
• applications
• payments
• study financing
• student and personnel cards
• parking discs
• non-South African citizen support
• Graduate Career office and job opportunities for students
• course consult

Contact information

Tel: +27 (0)12 420 3111

Parent’s page: http: //

Physical address:

University of Pretoria, cnr Lynnwood Road and Roper Street, Hatfield 0083, South Africa
Postal address:
University of Pretoria, Private bag X20, Hatfield 0028, South Africa

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University of Pretoria
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South Africa

Contact information

Tel: +27 (0)12 420 3111