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STUDENT LIFE / OCT. 06, 2014
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Top 10 Best Universities in South Africa


South Africa has some outstanding colleges and universities. The ranking of South African universities - like all rankings - varies a great deal from source to source. That said, several institutes typically appear again and again in the top thirty, so their quality of education can be assumed to be high. The following list of South African universities has been compiled based upon the information of QS and Attending any one of these universities should provide you with the expertise you need to land a decent job.

1. University of Witwatersrand

Located in central Johannesburg, the University of Witwatersrand boasts 20 South African Research Chairs, and 8 research institutes. Its 13,400 students belonging to 21 departments and pay a steep $32,120 in fees per year.

2. University of Stellenbosch

Probably the most beautiful campus in South Africa, the University of Stellenbosch has around 21,310 students, paying roughly $21,400 to $32,120 per year in fees. Its life sciences, animal sciences and mathematical departments provide outstanding research facilities.

3. University of Zululand

University of Zululand is a prestigious institute that provides degree programs in business administration, physical sciences, biological sciences, humanities, and linguistics. Presently, the university has 41,000 students, paying $31,121 per year in tuition fees. 

4. University of Western Cape

The University of Western Cape was founded by the South African government in 1960. The faculty is dedicated to provide excellence in teaching and research to over 15,000 students enrolled. The annual tuition fees for this university is $43,100 for all programs.

5. University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town is ranked number 110 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Established in 1829, this institute is home to 26,000 students, paying $31,100 per year in tuition fees. Programs include undergraduate and graduate programs in health sciences, humanities, religious studies, linguistics, economics and other disciplines.

6. Rhodes University

Apart from offering the best diploma programs, Rhodes University has top notch research facilities. It received an honour recently from the Eduniversal International Scientific Committee, and is ranked number 120 by QS. The university is home to 25,000 students, taught by more than 900 lecturers and professors. It costs $43,401 per year for undergraduate and graduate programs, and $45,100 per year for doctorate.

7. University of Kwazulu-Natal

The University of Kwazulu-Natal is the joint project of University of Durban-Westville and Natal University College. It is located in Kwazulu-Natal province, South Africa. This institute was founded in 1960, and has 16,100 students enrolled. The university costs $23,410 per year in tuition fees for all courses.

8. Walter Sisulu University

This institute has contributed to the academic growth in South Africa, and offers on-campus as well as virtual learning programs to 20,110 students enrolled. This non-sectarian university has one of the highest average GPAa for admitted students in top ten institutes, and costs $32,120 in tuition fees.

9. University of Free State

University of Free State was established in 2001. It has over 34,100 students enrolled in all of its three campuses. The university offers Ph.D. in Sign Language, and postgraduate in Disaster Management besides the regular programs. Its annual tuition fees are $34,504.

10. University of Venda

University of Venda is typically ranked between sixth and tenth on most lists. Programs offered here include undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate in health sciences, dentistry, humanities, religious studies, business administration, and information technology. The current student strength is 42,120, paying $29,200 annually in tuition fees.

Although this only lists the top ten institutions in South Africa hopefully you now have a better of the options available in South Africa.

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