University of KwaZulum Natal

South Africa

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University of KwaZulu-Natal History

The University of KwaZulu-Natal also known as UKZN is a South African university located in the city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province. The university was established in the year 2004 after the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal were merged. The university currently enrolls over 46,000 students and employs 1300 plus staff.

University of KwaZulu-Natal Programs, Courses, and Schools

The University of KwaZulu-Natal comprises four colleges offering a range of programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level. The four colleges are the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, College of Health Sciences, College of Humanities, and the College of Law and Management Studies.

University of KwaZulu-Natal offers subjects like Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, Engineering, Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, Life Sciences, Applied Human Sciences, Built Environment and Development Studies, Education, Religion, Philosophy and Classics, Arts, and Social Sciences to name a few.

University of KwaZulu-Natal Campuses

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has five campuses across the city of Durban. Edgewood and Medical School campuses house the School of Health Sciences in addition to administrative buildings of the university. The other three campuses at Howard College, Pietermaritzburg, and Westville comprise of other faculties and numerous facilities.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal offers facilities like sports, shops and restaurants, parks and gardens, student union, counselling services in addition to dedicated study spaces, libraries, state-of-the-art classrooms and lecture theatres, computer stations, high-speed internet, and laboratories to name a few. The city of Durban itself is a student-friendly city with a vibrant nightlife and numerous recreational facilities.

University of KwaZulu-Natal Achievements

The University of KwaZulu-Natal is ranked amongst top 500 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University rankings. QS World University Rankings ranks the university in 701-750 bracket.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a high reputation for its courses in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science and is consistently ranked 1st in South Africa for Physical Sciences programs. The university’s business school is also reputed and attracts a large number of students from the country each year.

University of KwaZulu-Natal USP

The University of KwaZulu-Natal is highly respected for its research and development activities and regularly organizes meets, seminars, and conferences with scholars and researchers from foreign universities.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has an average acceptance rate and affordable tuition fee which varies from program to program. Entrance into its Sciences and Engineering programs is highly competitive and is based on academic record and in some cases entrance tests.

University of KwaZulu-Natal Notable Alumni

Imani Sanga (Composer and Ethnomusicologist), Lize Heerman (Singer and Songwriter), Lindiwe Mazibuko (South African Politician), and John van de Ruit (South African Novelist).

University of KwaZulum Natal Application Requirements


IELTS score requirements

A strong proficiency in the English language is essential for admission into universities in South Africa. To be able to get a successful admission in University of KwaZulum Natal in South Africa students need to complete IELTS with a minimum score of 6.

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University of KwaZulum Natal Cost of studies


Undergraduate: ZAR 26,000

Fees may vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific fees.

University of KwaZulum Natal Deadlines

Bachelors: First Semester- September 30, Second Semester- April 30

Masters: Deadlines may vary for each program

Deadlines may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific deadlines.

University of KwaZulum Natal Rankings


US News
801 -1000
501 -600
351 -400
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South Africa
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3 -5


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Durban, Westville, Pinetown and Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Nata,South Africa

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