International Applicants

International Application procedures

All Postgraduate and Undergraduate international applications are done online

Please see the below application process:

Please remember to upload the following documents (where applicable)

  • Certified copy of your ID/passport.
  • Certified copy of your National Senior/Matric Certificate or O/A Levels or relevant school leaving qualification/certificate.
  • Proof from Universities South Africa (previously known as HESA), that you qualify for admission to degree studies at South Africa universities, if you are an international applicant. For more information, refer to the undergraduate prospectus
  • Certified copies of your degree certificate(s), academic record and certificate of conduct, if you attended other universities.
  • Proof of English proficiency for International applicants from non-English speaking countries.
  • South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluations if the previous qualification(s) was/were obtained at foreign universities (outside South Africa).
  • A research proposal/proposed title of the dissertation/thesis if you are applying for a Masters Degree or PhD.
  • A valid study visa to study in SA if you are an International applicant.
  • Before applying online please make sure that you have read the guidelines above.
  • Please ensure that you have the USAF/SAQA documents to be uploaded in order to complete your application.
  • Please ensure to use reference APPN (followed by your student number) when making application fee payment.
  • Please allow the system 24 hrs to 48 hrs to clear your payment.
  • South African first time undergraduate applicants applying to UKZN must apply via CAO at 

  • For a detailed breakdown on online application process CLICK HERE
  • For Postgraduate Applications for Law CLICK HERE
            Click here to apply online       

    Refugee applicants must be in possession of a valid Section 41 permit/Refugee identity document which grants you permission to study. Application procedures and application fees as for local students are applicable. Apply via CAO at

    Application fees 

    UKZN requires an  application fee to be paid to the University of KwaZulu-Natal as follows:

    Applicants from SADC countries and other countries in Africa: R490

    Other international applicants: $153

    Academic Year 

    The academic year at the UKZN is structured as follows:
    Semester 1: February - June
    Semester 2: August - December

     Semester 2 closing dates

    All programmes close on the 30 April.

     Closing dates

     Undergraduate closing dates

    • For admission to semester 1 (February): Closing date 30 September
    • For admission to semester 2  (August):  Closing date 30 April

    No late applications will be accepted from international applicants.
    Note that Medical School will not consider applications from International students. A limited number of international students are admitted to Medical School in line with governmental agreements with their countries.

    Postgraduate closing dates 

    Closing dates for Colleges and Schools vary

    Please consult the Postgraduate Brochure for information on closing dates.

     Exchange programmes

    Exchange applicants: International students who study for a semester at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and pay fees to their home institution according to the terms and conditions governed by an exchange agreement.

    Study Abroad applicants: Fee paying international students pursuing one or more modules for credit (non-degree) purposes for one or two semesters.

    International School applicants: International students who study for credit (non-degree) purposes for a five-week period during June/July.
    Short-term applicants: International students/visitors who participate in short-term (non-degree) academic activities for various periods of time. 

    For more information visit International Relations

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