Welcome to the UP Virtual Campus

Message from the Principal

Prof Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria

Welcome to the University of Pretoria (UP) and thank you for choosing to explore our wide range of study programmes on offer at our seven beautiful campuses set in the heart of South Africa’s capital city.

UP is where you will discover high quality academic programmes that will give you the foundation for many exciting career opportunities. All our programmes are internationally recognised and accredited. This means that with a UP qualification, you already have a head start anywhere in the world.

We are the largest research university in South Africa. We work on finding solutions to issues that confront the world.

We attract students from around the world who want to study at our excellent facilities with world class researchers. This creates an exciting and diverse community where you can learn about other countries and cultures from your classmates and friends.

UP is the place for you if you want to be a well-rounded, creative graduate and a responsible, productive citizen and future leader. We want to help you to nurture your talent and skills.

We have support structures in place because we understand that university life is different from high school. Through these structures we help you to graduate on time. We have a wide range of online resources and notes available for you. There are exciting job opportunities available to students with our industry partners. We also teach you how to start your own business, and we encourage you to volunteer your skills through our community engagement projects.

University life is also about having fun and exploring your talents. We have a vibrant student culture and there are many arts, cultural and sporting extramural activities that you can participate in.

Choose UP, we look forward to welcoming you to our family.

Message from the Principal

Prof Norman Duncan
Vice-Principal: Academic at the University of Pretoria

UP is a place of research and teaching excellence. Importantly, it is an institution that will provide you with all the inspiration and support you need to succeed in your studies.

We will help you along the way by giving you access to resources that will allow you to learn to plan your studies appropriately, manage your time efficiently, and learn effectively. You will also have access to highly skilled lecturers, Faculty Student Advisors and tutors who provide expert guidance to our students.

Studying at UP will give you a greater chance to graduate on time, which means that you will be able to access the world of work and earn an income sooner. By the way, UP offers its students free online courses that provide them with extensive preparation for the world of work. In 2016 the University also started offering free online courses for student entrepreneurs.

We know that it is not possible to understand or remember everything that is taught in class, so there are always extra notes, tips and resources available online to help you to achieve success in your studies. There is also free Wi-Fi on all of our campuses, which will make your learning more comprehensive and easier.

At UP, we call our approach to teaching the hybrid approach to teaching, which means that we focus both on contact teaching (in lecture halls) and on on-line teaching and learning activities.

Our students have access to well-equipped libraries, state-of-the-art teaching facilities and attractive, well-equipped social learning spaces. The design of our social learning spaces will enable you exchange ideas with and learn from other students, while socialising and hanging out.

At UP we provide you with not only a solid academic grounding, but we also ensure that when you graduate you are ready to take on the future.

So, if you are serious about your future, choose UP for success!

We hope to see you next year!

Message from the Principal

Prof Stephanie Burton
Vice-Principal: Research and Postgraduate Education

Welcome to the University of Pretoria (UP). Thank you for considering to further your studies or research interests with us.

At UP, research is more than simply a requirement for a postgraduate degree. We have a strong culture of research, questioning, investigation, problem-solving and critical thinking even at an undergraduate level. This is what makes our graduates some of the most highly sought after in the world.

We see research as our way of life at UP, and we make a concerted effort to do research in spheres where we can have the biggest impact on society. Our approach is not only cross-disciplinary, but also trans-disciplinary. Our nine faculties provide more than a thousand different research or study fields.

As a researcher at UP, you have access to some of the best facilities, from academics, resources and libraries in Africa to institutes and centres which are world-leading in their fields.

Our research strengths lie in the fields of modern molecular sciences, plant, animal, agricultural sciences; clinical medicine; engineering, architecture and the built environment; social sciences, archaeology, arts and humanities; law; theology and religious studies.

Our research is impactful and relevant. We align our research with the Sustainable Development Goals and pride ourselves on developing research capacity in our students and academics to create knowledge that makes a difference.

As a postgraduate student at UP, you will be encouraged to research and find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems such as hunger and poverty alleviation; food security; energy; nutrition; health care and disease; urbanisation, smart cities and transport.

These are just some global challenges society is faced with, and as a result, we attract dynamic and diverse researchers and students from around the world who come to UP seeking answers to these and other questions.

At UP you will have access to some of South Africa’s most highly rated researchers, mentors and supervisors who will be there to provide you with the relevant support to ensure your success.

Choose UP!

We hope to see you next year!

#ChooseUP

Faculties

Residences

If you are looking for that special place you can call your home away from home, then a residence at the University of Pretoria (UP) is just the place for you. With us, you will find an environment that is conducive to working and studying hard.

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International Students

International Students

The University of Pretoria (UP) enhances its international standing through multifaceted internationalisation programmes. The programmes are facilitated and coordinated by the International Cooperation Division (ICD), who ensure that the doors of UP are always open to international students, academics, administrative staff, collaborative researchers, policymakers, funding organisations and other stakeholders.  On average, UP has over 4,000 international students annually.

The University of Pretoria (UP) enhances its international standing through multifaceted internationalisation programmes. The programmes are facilitated and coordinated by the International Cooperation Division (ICD), who ensure that the doors of UP are always open to international students, academics, administrative staff, collaborative researchers, policymakers, funding organisations and other stakeholders.  On average, UP has over 4,000 international students annually.

The internationalisation programmes spearheaded by the ICD include:

  • International students (including short-term exchange programmes, full academic programmes, joint degrees)
  • International programmes and agreements (including visiting professors, conference attendance, institutional agreements)
  • International mobility projects (students, academic staff and administrative staff covered)

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Financial Support

Financial Support

If you are not at all able to pay university fees due to financial need, you have to apply for financial support in the year ...

preceding your studies, irrespective of whether you have been admitted to study, to allow time for processing your financial aid application. No loan or bursary is however guaranteed by UP.

 

 

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Student Accommodation

Student Accommodation

With 10 000 students in our accommodation spaces, the University of Pretoria (UP) is proud to be known as the ...

largest residential university in South Africa. If you are looking for that special place that you can call your home away from home, a residence at UP is just the place for you. While living in a residence, you will be able to take part in a variety of different events, join every committee you can think of, take part in a variety of sport, do community outreach projects and make a lot of new friends. All of this is available in our residences, where academic progress is on the forefront.

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Study Support

Study Support

As you embark on the amazing journey that is the life of a university student, the whole world is opening up to you.

You’ve chosen the University of Pretoria (UP) as your partner on this journey and we are honoured. We intend to stand with you every step of the way.

We strive to help you graduate on time with a range of support offerings to ensure that you can excel in an academically challenging environment.

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Library

Library

The Department of Library Services (DLS) plays a key role in supporting the University of Pretoria in its pursuit of academic and research excellence...

By keeping abreast of the latest technological and professional advances and providing up-to-date information services, the library’s staff members and eleven site libraries are able to provide a relevant and stimulating environment for our students and staff.

Have a look at our world-class libraries:

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SRC and Student Life

SRC and Student Life

One of the best ways to make the most of your time at the University of Pretoria (UP) is to take advantage of all that our campus has to offer....

There are various student structures that organise the large variety of student life activities on campus. Experience new things, make a difference to your own life and the lives of others, and have fun doing so!

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Postgraduate Academic Support

Postgraduate Academic Support

The University of Pretoria (UP) values its people and strives to create an enabling environment to induct researchers into a productive research culture. It is crucially important that researchers obtain support and encouragement when completing postgraduate qualifications, applying for grants, becoming rated or receiving negative feedback on submitted papers or applications.

The University of Pretoria (UP) values its people and strives to create an enabling environment to induct researchers into a productive research culture. It is crucially important that researchers obtain support and encouragement when completing postgraduate qualifications, applying for grants, becoming rated or receiving negative feedback on submitted papers or applications.

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Sport

Sport

With more than 30 sport clubs and 10 sport academies, TuksSport offers a home for dedicated sport people.

TuksSport not only focuses on top performers, but also on club contestants and recreational sport participants. It provides a comprehensive high performance support programme for participants on national and international level, including scientific and medical support, sport testing, training, fitness, technical and tactical expertise, sport injuries and sport psychology.

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Culture & Arts

Culture & Arts

Students at the University of Pretoria (UP) are invited to participate in our wide range of cultural organisations and activities.

Here we harness, cultivate, improve and integrate the wide range of talents, numerous priceless treasures and impeccable facilities of the University to the benefit of all students, personnel and the community at large. Among others, the University boasts its own symphony orchestra, various choirs, film festivals, literature competitions and a variety of concerts.

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Student Counselling

Student Counselling

As a student you may encounter some personal difficulties. The University of Pretoria (UP) offers students academic, therapeutic and emotional support ...

This is rendered by a professional multi-disciplinary team consisting of counselling, educational and clinical psychologists.

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Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities

The University of Pretoria's Disability Unit supports students with disabilities in partnership with departments and faculties.

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Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Students are the lifeblood of the University of Pretoria (UP) and the Department of Security Services is fully committed to ...

maintaining a safe environment that allows students to study and participate in sport, cultural and social activities with peace of mind. Existing security measures are constantly monitored and reviewed while new, innovative measures are implemented to improve the safety and security of all students and personnel.

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