English Language Requirements

  • The University of KwaZulu-Natal is an English-medium university. Its language policy requires that all applicants, who are not from an English speaking country or have not been educated in an English speaking country, must demonstrate competence in English through one of the following:
    • A pass in an examination equivalent to English Higher Grade (First of Second Language) at South African Senior Certificate level (matriculation). Equivalencies are established by the South African Matriculation Board.
    • A pass in English at GCE A-level, or O-level (C symbol or higher), or International Baccalaureate.
    • International applicants who do not satisfy these requirements, and for whom English is a foreign language must either attain an overall score of 7.0 (for graduate students) or 6.0 (for undergraduates) on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For information on IELTS test dates, venues and costs, contact the British Council through your closest British Embassy or Consulate, or consult www.britishcouncil.org.
    • Attain a test score of at least 550 on the paper version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of at least 80 on the iBT (electronic) version of the test. For information about test dates, venues and costs, contact the United States Information Service (USIS) or the US embassy in you home country; or contact TOEFL direct at toefl@ets.org. Website: www.toefl.org.
    • Prospective applicants: The UKZN Language Centre provides a testing service and English language courses for those who do not meet these requirements. After testing, students whose scores are comparable to the required IELTS or TOEFL scores can apply directly to enter a degree programme. Those who do not are advised to spend one or two semesters learning English in the Language Centre
    • Prospective students who have English qualifications from other testing authorities should send their document to dace@ukzn.ac.za for evaluation.
    • The UKZN Language Centre also provides a testing service as well as English language courses for those who do not meet the requirements. After testing, students whose scores are comparable to the required IELTS or TOEFL scores can apply directly to enter a degree programme. Those who do not are advised to spend one or two semesters learning English in the Language Centre

    For further information on Language Centre services, course costs, etc., please contact:

    PIETERMARITZBURG
    The Secretary
    Language Centre
    University of KwaZulu-Natal
    Private Bag X01
    Scottsville
    Pietermaritzburg 3209
    Tel: +27 33 2605308
    Fax: +27 33 2605308
    Email: kerchhoffj@ukzn.ac.za
    DURBAN
    The Coordinator
    Language Centre
    Access Programme
    Howard College Campus
    University of KwaZulu-Natal
    Tel: +27 31 2601130/2602677
    Fax: +27 31 2602967
    email: dace@ukzn.ac.za


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