2024 Rhodes University Application Process

2024 Rhodes University Application Process

Please note that the relevant information regarding courses on offer, as well as general information about the institutions, is available from each institution’s website. It is the student’s responsibility to review this information before applying for the exchange programme to ensure that there are suitable courses available.

The application process take time. Please allow yourself at least 2 weeks for getting all the materials needed and for researching the available options.

Applications open from 22 May. The deadline for admission to all 2024 programmes is on 18 August 2024.

PLEASE NOTE: If students have any specific queries about going on exchange, the International Office will only be able to respond to them from the 9th of May 2016 onwards. 

Here is how to apply:

Step 1: Download the Exchange Handbook 2024. Look at all the universities and colleges that may offer courses that you are completing at Rhodes. If you cannot find course information, search for ‘UNIVERSITY NAME + course catalogue’ online. If you still cannot find the relevant course information, please contact the international office via email.

Step 2: Talk with your parents and whoever is funding your studies. Make sure that they are prepared for you to go on exchange. Also, make sure that both you and they are aware of the additional costs involved.

Step 3: Download the Application for Exchange Admission 2024 Fill it out. To do this, you will need to:

  • Talk to the Heads of Department for the subjects you will be taking while abroad. There isa section in the application form where your Heads of Department must sign. In the meeting, you will discuss the various institutions that would be available to you. Please take several institutions’ course syllabi with you to these meetings.
  • Get two academic referees. These referees should be university lecturers who have marked your work.
  • Get an academic transcript from Student Bureau.
  • Get signatures from your funders acknowledging that you plan to go on exchange.
  • Write a CV.
  • Write a personal motivation letter that explains why you want to go on exchange. It should also detail any leadership roles you have taken, and any activities you participate in that would strengthen your application. If you have any particularly poor marks on your academic record, please discuss these in your motivation letter.

Step 4: Hand the Application Form with supporting documents and letters in to the International Office by 19 August.

Step 5: If your application is successful, you will be called in for an interview.

Step 6: If your interview is successful, you will work closely with the international officer to select courses and apply to a host institution. Please note that academic acceptance by the host institution is not automatic.

Before embarking on an exchange, Rhodes students must have obtained approval from the appropriate Head of Department and the Dean of the Faculty at Rhodes for the inclusion of the proposed transfer credit from the host institution in their Rhodes University degree structure. The onus is on you, the student, to ensure that the HOD has approved the courses. This approval must be facilitated through the International Office. Rhodes students are required to spend one semester at the host institution.

What happens to my marks?

The courses you take while on exchange should count towards your degree at Rhodes. This is why it is important to consult with your Heads of Department at Rhodes to see if they are happy with you attaining part of your degree through another university.

Courses successfully passed while abroad will simply be represented as either ‘P’ (Pass) or ‘F’ (Fail) on the system. You will, however, be awarded a converted grade that will count towards your end of year mark for the course (along with the marks you attained at for that course during your semester at Rhodes).

For more information on how your grades will be converted, please consult the Standardised Grade Conversion Tables


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.