FULBRIGHT FOREIGN STUDENT 2025 Application

FULBRIGHT FOREIGN STUDENT 2025 Application

FULBRIGHT FOREIGN STUDENT 2025 Application Call is OPEN Workshops and Fullbright Foreign Student Application Workshops​

Grants for S.A. university graduates to pursue a Master’s or Doctoral degree at an accredited U.S. university (excludes studies that require contact with patients). Students are selected through a rigorous application and interview process.
Preliminary Applications for the 2025 Academic year are open. You may apply at: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/international
Eligibility
  • Be a South African Citizen
  • Have a 4-year B Tech degree or a 3-year Bachelors degree plus Honors year when applying for Masters
  • Have a Master’s degree when applying for a Doctoral degree
  • For Non-Degree studies: Applicants must be registered for a Ph.D. at a South African university
What do we look for in our applicants?
  • Academic excellence
  • Required scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for each specific field of study
  • Clearly written study objectives
  • Demonstrable ambassadorial skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity and a genuine desire to learn more about the United States and share with American citizens aspects of South African culture
  • Experience and interest in extracurricular and community activities,
  • Evidence of leadership potential, and
  • ​A desire to further the Fulbright Program and give back to your home country upon returning.
The Selection Committee expects candidates to conduct a thorough university search and to identify institutions in the U. S. which are a strong fit for their academic, personal and professional goals. Applicants must show clear reasons for selecting their U.S. university preferences.
Fulbright/IIE will apply to U.S. universities on the applicants behalf and does not guarantee choice of university.
Applications may be completed online at: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/international  Application deadline is: April 17, 2025 (incomplete or late applications will not be considered)
We will be hosting 3 Fulbright Foreign Student application  workshops at the American Corner. The American Corner is situated inside the Central Library, Corner of Parade and Darling Streets, Cape Town.
February 23: 4-5pm,
March 16: 1-2pm,
April 5: 5-6pm,
RSVP: williamskm@state.gov
For more information on the Fulbright Program: https://za.usembassy.gov/education-culture/educational-exchanges/fulbright-flagship-programs/
Application Questions: Fulbright_Program_Safrica@state.gov

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.