Study Abroad at the University of

  • The University of KwaZulu-Natal's (UKZN) stunning location near two World Heritage Sites on a scenic coastal route, offers students unique opportunities to experience the beauty and culture of this fascinating region.
  • With international partnerships in 44 countries and an undergraduate population of 24,897, UKZN offers a truly global academic experience that enhances scholarship and enriches the study abroad experience.
  • UKZN is a multi-campus, residential, teaching and research-driven university. Its Howard campus is located in the sub-tropical, coastal city of Durban, in the picturesque province of KwaZulu-Natal.


UKZN offers an international, diverse student experience in one of the most picturesque regions of South Africa. As a semester study abroad choice it offers unique cultural learning opportunities, extensive outdoor field study options and excursions and excellent academic programs.

Its Howard campus offers many academic disciplines, with some teaching divided between Howard and the Westville Campus. Study options include Architecture, Engineering, Law, Humanities, Development and Social Sciences.

Research activities are conducted in state-of-the art laboratories and span the natural, biomedical, humanities and social sciences. In addition, you can take part in extensive sporting and cultural activities on campus, making full use of its impressive indoor sports complex, its extensive outdoor facilities and its stunning location near two World Heritage Sites: the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg National Park and the iSimangaliso (St. Lucia) Wetlands Park.

Students generally register for four courses, earning 64 credits, which is a full credit load at UKZN.



Students are accommodated in Residence Halls which have 8-10 single rooms sharing a common lounge and kitchen. Course selection will determine whether a student is housed at the Howard or Westville campus. All housing is very secure with a swipe card entry system in place and a security guard present at the entrance 24/7.



Students take four courses for 64 credits, which is a full credit load at UKZN.

Students at UKZN are not required to take the Arcadia Core Course, unlike other Arcadia programs in South Africa.


Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

You must have completed at least two semesters of university undergraduate study. You must also be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation.


Application Deadlines

Students need to supply two academic references and complete a simple UKZN online application form, in addition to completing the Arcadia application process.

Application closing dates:

  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: September 20