Prof Tawana Kupe

Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Message from the Principal
Welcome to the University of Pretoria, and thank you for choosing UP.

This is one of the best and most serious decisions of your life, and you’re in very good hands with us at UP.

You can access, discover and explore our seven beautiful campuses via our Virtual Campus, and learn about the over 1300 programmes we offer, as well as the quality teaching and learning support we provide, to help you excel and graduate on time.

This is because THE UP WAY is our way of life. It’s how we teach, learn, innovate and live as ethical and well-rounded individuals who have a positive impact on society.

We know that university is different from high school, so we have a full range of support services to help you adjust to a new environment. There are just three simple steps to ensuring your academic success: read the notes before class, engage and ask questions in class, and revise and consolidate what you learnt after class.

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. We also encourage all our students to make an impact by volunteering their skills through our community engagement projects.

All our programmes are internationally recognised and accredited. This means that with UP behind your name, you already have a head start anywhere in the world.

We offer all our students free courses that ensure they have the necessary skills to be ready for the world of work, and we teach our students how to be their own boss and start their own businesses through our entrepreneurship programme.

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 grow as a well-rounded, creative and innovative graduate who is a responsible, productive citizen and future leader.

So Choose UP, and we hope to see you next year.

Prof Norman Duncan

Vice-Principal: Academic at the University of Pretoria

Message from the Principal
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!

Faculties

 

Economic and Management Sciences

Education

Humanities

Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Health Sciences

Engineering, Built Environment and IT

Law

Veterinary Science

Theology

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.

Other Interests

Entrepreneurship at UP

Entrepreneurship at UP

Entrepreneurship at the University of Pretoria is about working towards an entrepreneurial university by providing the whole entrepreneurial process under one roof, taking you from an idea to commercialisation.

Student Support

Student Support

The Department of Student Affairs supports you on your journey to success by helping you to further develop your strengths, looking after your wellness and health, making education accessible for students with disabilities, and ensuring good student governance.

THE UP WAY

THE UP WAY

THE UP WAY is our way of life at the University of Pretoria. It is our ethos, our vibe, our way of life and what we stand for as an institution.

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.

TuksSport @ UP – message from TuksSport Director

TuksSport UP Your Game

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The Javett Art Centre

The Javett Art Centre

With one foot firmly rooted in academia, and the other embedded in the public, the Javett-UP makes the Pan-African Artistic practices accessible, relevant and engaging.The building is on the south campus of the University of Pretoria and connects the Hatfield campus to the South Campus via a bridge over Lynnwood Road. Underneath the building, the student gallery links UP’s Departments of Architecture and Visual Arts and a number of other exhibition spaces, housing various temporary exhibitions.

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Career Services

Career Services

Earning a degree is a great achievement. But what happens when you’ve completed your studies? How do you find a job and gain experience? UP's Career Services office helps you to prepare for the real world.

Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

Your academic success is important, but university life is also about having fun and exploring your talents to become a well-rounded graduate who is ready for the world beyond university. At the University of Pretoria we have a vibrant student life and there are many arts, cultural, sporting, and academic extramural activities that you can participate in.

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 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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Library

Library

The University of Pretoria boasts some of the best university libraries in South Africa. They provide a comprehensive information service for the University's students and staff.

By keeping abreast of the latest technological and professional advances and providing up-to-date information services, the library’s staff members and 11 site libraries are able to provide a relevant and stimulating environment for our students and staff.

Have a look at our world-class libraries:

Library – Message from the Director

Library

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Future Africa

Future Africa

The University of Pretoria’s Future Africa campus is the place where Africa’s leading scientists and scholars from across the world and from a broad range of disciplines come together to leverage the benefits of transdisciplinary research to address the grand challenges that face Africa and the world.

Issues of critical relevance to Africa are tackled: from sustainable development and good governance, citizen participation and human rights, to advancing innovation for the bioresource economy.

In a world where ideas and technologies evolve rapidly and the challenges we face are multifaceted and transnational, Africa needs a new generation of original thinkers with international perspectives, yet with a scholarly vision and voice that is rooted in Africa.

The Future Africa campus provides a dynamic living, learning and research environment where a community of scholars and other societal role players will engage to advance excellence in scholarship, dialogue and impact. Here the continent’s brightest young geneticists, chemists, economists, lawyers, engineers, social scientists and other specialists are able to work side by side in an environment that facilitates world-class creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.

Video on Future AfricaVideo on Future Africa

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Financial Wellness

Financial Wellness

University of Pretoria understands that studying at a tertiary level comes with many expenses for you and your family. Sometimes students find it difficult to cover all of their university fees along with the related costs like paying for textbooks, food, and transport. We have financial aid available to all students regardless of their household income, study programme or year of study.

What hybrid learning is like at UP

What hybrid learning is like at UP

Hybrid = Contact + Online. UP’s hybrid teaching and learning model makes transitioning to fully online learning so much easier. Let’s hear what some of our students have to say...

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.

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Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities

The University of Pretoria has an institutional commitment to ensure an integrated and inclusive learning experience for students with disabilities. UP’s Disability Unit supports students with disabilities in partnership with departments and faculties.

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