A university is an institution of higher education and research, which grants academic degrees in a variety of subjects. A university is a corporation that provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education. The word university is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, roughly meaning “community of teachers and scholars.”

University of Johannesburg www.uj.ac.za Tel:  011 559 4555
University of KwaZulu-Natal www.ukzn.ac.za Tel:  035 902 6346
University of Witwatersrand www.wits.ac.za Tel:  011 717 1030/1/2
University of Fort Hare www.ufh.ac.za Tel: 040 602 2011/043 704 7000
Rhodes University www.ru.ac.za Tel: 046 603 8111
University of the Western Cape www.uwc.ac.za Tel: 021 959 2911/ 959 3900
University of Cape Town www.uct.ac.za Tel: 021 650 2128
University of the Free State www.uovs.ac.za Tel: 051 401 9000
University of Pretoria www.up.ac.za Tel: 012 420 3111
University of Stellenbosch www.sun.ac.za Tel: 021 808 4709
University of North West www.nwu.ac.za Tel: 018 389 2111
University of Venda www.univen.ac.za Tel: 015 962 8000
University of South Africa www.unisa.ac.za Tel: 012 441 5888
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University www.nmmu.ac.za Tel: 041 504 2111/504
University of Limpopo www.ul.ac.za Tel: 015 268 3276
Walter Sisulu University www.wsu.ac.za Tel: 047 502 2011


A University of Technology offers technological career directed educational programmes, focuses on innovative problem solving research and engages with government/business/industry with communities as end users. (Source: SATN)

Cape Peninsula University of Technology www.cput.ac.za Tel: 021 959 6653
Central University of Technology www.cut.ac.za Tel:  012 382 6377
Durban University of Technology www.dut.ac.za Tel:  031 268 4444
Mangosuthu University of Technology www.mantec.ac.za Tel:  031 907 7111
Tshwane University of Technology www.tut.ac.za Tel: 012 382 6377
Vaal University of Technology www.vut.ac.za Tel:  016 950 9000

Universities are institutions of higher learning and offer qualifications such as certificates, diplomas and degrees. The education is mainly theoretical and focused on research. The universities of Technology are oriented towards professional qualifications, leading students quite directly into a career.
Undergraduate studies can lead to a higher certificate, diploma or a degree. If you want to specialise further, you can study for post graduate or advanced diplomas, Honours, Masters or Doctoral degrees. Universities equip graduates for anything from science, engineering and medicine to law, business, teaching and acting. Courses can last for periods ranging from twelve months to six years.
Each university and each course has a different set of entry requirements. These requirements can refer to compulsory subjects, score in a specific subject, total score (APS). Most tertiary institutions close new applications in August annually for study in the following year, while other close as early as May. You can apply with your Grade 11 final results, so make sure these are good enough and apply in time!
Spaces for study at Universities and Universities of Technology are limited and competition is tough.

Please note: for some universities and some courses, you will be required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT). Information on dates, venues, test registration and costs is available from the NBT website www.nbt.ac.za