Welcome to the UP Virtual Campus

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UP Institutional Video

Message from the Principal

Prof Tawana Kupe
Vice-Chancellor and 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.

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!

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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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How to choose modules

How to choose modules

Choosing your modules for the first time can be a daunting experience. Here are a few guidelines and tips for when it comes to registering at the University of Pretoria.


Teaching and Learning during COVID-19

Teaching and Learning during COVID-19

Many of you may be wondering what the future holds for students at the University of Pretoria (UP). UP is continuously blazing a trail with innovative 21st century teaching and learning methods. Even in the midst of a pandemic, our academic year is well on its way to successful completion. We will continue to shape employable and sought-after graduates who are prepared to take on the challenges of the world.


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

The University of Pretoria is proud of all the academic achievements of our students. And if you choose UP, we have the [email protected] Assist Financial Awards for new first-year students who have excelled academically.

 

 

 

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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 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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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.

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Technologies for student success

Technologies for student success

In this video we share a few things you need to know to help you get the best possible start to your academic career at the University of Pretoria. The focus is specifically on our teaching methods, and the technological requirements for studying at UP.


Student accommodation and NSFAS

Student accommodation and NSFAS

Student accommodation is much more than just having a place to stay. Your student life at the University of Pretoria will be an unforgettable experience. The services and activities offered by TuksRes, which is UP's Department of Residence Affairs and Accommodation, will enhance your student experience as you become part of our community.


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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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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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 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:

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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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The Javett Art Centre

The Javett Art Centre

With one foot firmly rooted in academia, and the other imbedded in the public, the Javett-UP makes the art of Africa 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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