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University of Pretoria

co Lynnwood Road and Roper Street

Hatfield, Pretoria

South Africa


S 25° 45' 21" E 28° 13' 51"


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The University of Pretoria is one of the top universities in South Africa.

The University of Pretoria is situated in the eastern suburbs of South Africa's expanding administrative capital, Tshwane in the Gauteng Province. The University places the highest premium on academic excellence and academic standards and combines world-class education with beautiful, safe and stable campus settings that allow our students to enjoy student life to the full. The University is a values-based, research-intensive university which equips its students to succeed in a rapidly changing world by providing them with inquiry-led training and learning opportunities. It embodies the rich diversity and depth of South African society. UP aims to sustain its quality and relevance as a university firmly rooted in Africa, and to harness its existing and future diversity potential. At the same time, UP strives to ensure that it is recognised in the global marketplace of knowledge production.


To be a leading research intensive university in Africa, recognised internationally for its quality, relevance and impact, as also for developing people, creating knowledge and making a difference locally and globally.


In pursuing recognition and excellence in its core functions of research, teaching and learning, and integrating engagement with society and communities into these, the University of Pretoria will use quality, relevance, diversity and sustainability as its navigational markers.

Why #ChooseUP?

       The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria is ranked 1st in South Africa (top 4% worldwide) for Accounting and Finance.

       The School of Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT) at the University of Pretoria is ranked in the top 1% worldwide.

       The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria is ranked in the top 6% worldwide for Economics and Econometrics.

       The TuksLaw team came 1st in South Africa, by winning the 58th Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

       The FLY@UP initiative will assist you to graduate in the shortest time possible.

       The Ready for Work programme will help assist you to be ready for employment after graduation.

       The QS World University Rankings has included the University of Pretoria in 16 subject categories.

       The QS World University Rankings rate the top tertiary institutions around the world against several indicators. UP has significantly improved its ranking and is now among the top 52% of ranked institutions. UP is ranked in the 501–550 range. 'Considering there are approximately 26 000 universities globally, this positions the University of Pretoria among the top 1,9% of universities in the world,' the QS body reported.

       UP has the second strongest showing for employer reputation in South Africa and was ranked 255th globally on this indicator.

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Apply for admission to study at UP

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 at  Open the ‘Undergraduate programme information 2018’ brochure and read about all the undergraduate programmes offered by the different faculties at the University of Pretoria.  Be sure to take note of the different closing dates for undergraduate programmes applicable to South African as well as Non-South African applicants.

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International students

The International Students Division (ISD) will ensure that your alliance with UP is a positive experience. With over 4500 international students at the University of Pretoria, you are embarking on an exciting academic journey and we pride ourselves on being the “home away from home” for all our international students. Undergraduates, Postgraduate, Postdoctoral Fellows, Exchange Students, Study Abroad Students and Elective Students can be assured of our support at all times. Apply in the year preceding the year of study from 1 March at

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UP’s at the forefront with hybrid learning

The University of Pretoria offers students a blend of face-to-face teaching enriched by virtual (or online) learning tools and products.  Research shows that students with mixed learning experience and online exposure outperform those who learn by contact only or online only.

We combine traditional lectures with contemporary online learning:


·         Traditional: lectures, practicals, tutorials

·         Online via ClickUP: wiki’s, blogs, online access to study materials, PowerPoint presentations, tests, etc

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Campuses and faculties

The University has nine faculties and a business school, namely the Faculties of Economic and Management Sciences, Education, Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Theology, Veterinary Science and the UP Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).  

Hatfield Campus
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

Hatfield Campus
Faculty of Humanities

Hatfield Campus
Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and
Information Technology

Hatfield Campus
Faculty of Law

Hatfield Campus
Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Hatfield Campus
Faculty of Theology

Prinshof Campus
Faculty of Health Sciences


Onderstepoort Campus
Faculty of Veterinary Science

Groenkloof Campus
Faculty of Education


UP Sports Campus
TuksSport and the High Performance Centre

Mamelodi Campus

The Mamelodi Campus houses the BCom - Extended programme, BSc - Extended programme for the Biological and Agricultural Sciences, BSc - Extended programme for the Physical Sciences, BSc - Extended programme for the Mathematical Sciences, Post-school mathematics and science programmes, and a variety of community engagement programmes.


The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) house is located in Sandton, Johannesburg. It is a leading business school that offers academic programmes as well as a wide range of executive courses.


At the University of Pretoria (UP), we are encouraging students to take responsibility for their own finish lines and to #graduateontime. We believe in our students and that more of them can graduate in the minimum allocated time.  Our message to our students is:


·         Choose your modules carefully.

·         Manage your time and work consistently.

·         Aim for a good semester mark.

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Closing dates

Selection programmes have early closing dates and open study programmes have later closing dates. For admission requirements and closing dates, visit the following web pages:

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The Department of Residence Affairs and Accommodation, fondly referred to as the TuksRes family, is a stand-alone business unit, with various management teams serving residence students. TuksRes offers an on-campus living environment that supports each student’s academic experience at the University of Pretoria. TuksRes strives towards creating a community that fosters safety, security, personal development, growth and the rendering of professional services.

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Student support

The Department of Student Affairs’ mission is to design and implement high impact programmes to enhance student success, leadership, welfare and wellness within a proactive and programme-based approach. Its Student Counselling Division offers academic, therapeutic and emotional support, rendered by a highly professional multi disciplinary team consisting of counselling, educational and clinical psychologists and social workers. Academic support ensures that the students make the correct career choices, handle academic stress better and are equipped to be academically successful. Therapeutic and emotional support ensures academic success and enhances optimal psycho-social functioning. Life skills enable students to develop holistically and empower them to be successful, well rounded individuals and responsible citizens. Services include psychometric testing, career planning, study methods, stress-handling, personal empowerment, life skills, trauma counselling and relationship skills. All services are free of charge for registered students.

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Sport represents a significant part of student life. The University of Pretoria provides students with opportunities to participate in a variety of sporting disciplines at club, national and international level. The University also boasts excellent sports facilities, which are highly regarded both nationally and internationally. The UP Sports Campus is centrally located and is easily accessible to students. TuksSport has a large number of sports clubs and is currently the largest source of athletes for a variety of sports disciplines and national teams. TuksSport forms a vital part of the UP experience and therefore you are encouraged to select the University of Pretoria for an outstanding sports and academic career.

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High Performance Centre

The University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre (hpc) is Southern Africa’s first elite performance sports facility. Launched in May 2002, the Centre is the training ground for tomorrow’s sporting champions and the venue of choice for sports professionals and enthusiasts alike. The hpc is situated on the grounds of the University of Pretoria’s Sports Campus. Its unique combination of world-class training facilities, medical services, accommodation and hospitality, nutritional and scientific expertise and research has earned the hpc its reputation for excellence and success, locally as well as internationally. These facilities attract a steady flow of international athletes as well as local sporting bodies for training camps or specific team preparation. The hpc has become the preferred location for Team South Africa pre-departure camps as well as the preferred centre of specialisation for a significant number of national federations. Within this sporting environment, the Sport Academy Programme is a sporting initiative which has been endorsed by several national federations in South African sport as well as international sporting federations.

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Student Representative Council

The Student Representative Council (SRC) is the highest student governance structure at the University of Pretoria. It manages student matters and represents students on University committees and forums where decisions are made. SRC representatives serve a one-year term of office. The SRC plays a key role in the coordination of organised student life and must ensure that the extracurricular programme contributes to the overall development of students. The SRC also fulfils an important communication function - on the one hand conveying student needs and interests to the University Management, and on the other hand reporting progress to the student body.

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Get ready for work – because your success matters

The Ready for Work Programme was specifically designed to equip students and graduates of UP with the requisite skills and attributes to help them integrate into the world of work more easily, and includes skills and knowledge that not only enhance your professional and personal profile, but also assist you in making a meaningful contribution to the workforce, your community and the economy while being successful in your chosen career.


The Ready for Work Programme consists of four course packages, all of which focus on career planning, job preparation and workplace skills. All modules in the first three packages are free, self-paced, and are presented fully online. The fourth package, focusing on specialised skills, consist of online courses and face-to-face workshops that are available at a nominal fee.

·         The Career Planning Package

·         The Job Preparation Package

·         The Workplace Skills Package

·         The Specialised Skills Package

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