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The University of Pretoria is situated in the eastern suburbs of South Africa's expanding administrative capital, Tshwane, Gauteng Province, South Africa.  The University places the highest premium on academic excellence and academic standards and combines world-class education with beautiful, safe and stable campus settings that allow our students to enjoy student life to the full. 

The University is a values-based, research-intensive university which equips its students to succeed in a rapidly changing world by providing them with inquiry-led training and learning opportunities.  The University of Pretoria is situated in South Africa's ever expanding administrative capital. It embodies the rich diversity and depth of South African society.  UP aims to sustain its quality and relevance as a university firmly rooted in Africa, and to harness its existing and future diversity potential. At the same time, UP strives to ensure that it is recognised in the global marketplace of knowledge production.



To be a leading researchintensive university in Africa, recognised internationally for its quality, relevance and impact, as also for developing people, creating knowledge and making a difference locally and globally.



In pursuing recognition and excellence in its core functions of research, teaching and learning, and integrating engagement with society and communities into these, the University of Pretoria will use quality, relevance, diversity and sustainability as its navigational markers.


·         The members of the University of Pretoria believe that

        our community of scholars must be founded on the pursuit of knowledge through research, teaching and learning, with membership acquired on the basis of intellectual merit, ability and the potential for excellence; and that

        differing perspectives, arising from diverse backgrounds and histories that define our identities, deepen scholarly inquiry and enrich academic debate.


·         We cherish

        academic freedom, creative and innovative thought, ethical standards and integrity, accountability and social justice; and

        our staff and students as the University’s core asset.


·         We foster

        an inquiryled and evidencebased approach to creating knowledge; and

        academic citizenship, whereby we commit ourselves to harnessing our intellectual abilities in the interest of our nation and humanity.


·         We recognise that

        in a resourceconstrained world where vast disparities remain, the University must endeavour to produce graduates who appreciate the importance of community service, entrepreneurial endeavours and innovative actions in generating employment and development in our local communities.


Open Day

The next University of Pretoria Open Day will take place on Saturday, 23 May 2015.


Campuses and faculties

The University has nine faculties and a business school, namely the Faculties of Economic and Management Sciences, Education, Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Theology, Veterinary Science and the UP Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).



Hatfield Campus                                                                  Hatfield Campus

Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences                                        Faculty of Humanities



Hatfield Campus                                                                  Hatfield Campus

Faculty of Engineering, Built  Environment and                                            Faculty of Law

Information Technology



Hatfield Campus                                                                  Hatfield Campus

Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences                                                 Faculty of Theology



Prinshof Campus                                                               Onderstepoort Campus

Faculty of Health Sciences                                                                                   Faculty of Health Sciences


Groenkloof Campus                                                         UP Sports Campus

Faculty of Education                                                                                                TuksSport and the High Performance Centre


Mamelodi Campus

The Mamelodi Campus houses the BCom (Four-year programme), BSc (Four-year programme) – Biological and Agricultural Sciences, BSc (Four-year programme) – Physical Sciences, BSc (Four-year programme) – Mathematical Sciences, Post-school mathematics and science programmes, and a variety of community engagement programmes.


GIBS main banner

The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) houses academic programmes, as well as a wide range of executive courses that can be custom-designed to suit specific company needs. It is located in Sandton, Johannesburg.


Apply for admission to study at UP

Applications open on 1 March of the year preceding the year of study. Owing to the large number of applications received every year, prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible from 1 March. It is recommended that you apply online at www.up.ac.za/apply.


International students

All non-South African citizens who wish to study at the University of Pretoria are advised to visit the International Students Division website at www.up.ac.za/ISD for more information.



In conducting its business, the University uses two official languages, namely English and Afrikaans. In formal education the medium of instruction is either English or Afrikaans, or both of these languages; provided that there is a demand and that it is academically and economically justifiable. However, it remains the student’s responsibility to ascertain on an annual basis in which language a module and any further level of that module is presented. In respect of administrative and other services, a student has the right to choose whether the University should communicate with him or her in English or Afrikaans. Where the University has the capacity, Sepedi is used as an additional language of communication.

Closing dates 

Selection programmes have early closing dates and open study programmes have later closing dates. For admission requirements and closing dates, please view the faculty brochures at www.up.ac.za/admissioninfo > Study information.



The Department of Residence Affairs and Accommodation, fondly referred to as the TuksRes family, is a stand-alone business unit, with various management teams serving residence students. TuksRes offers an on-campus living environment that supports each student’s academic experience at the University of Pretoria. TuksRes strives towards creating a community that fosters safety, security, personal development, growth and the rendering of professional services. For more information, visit www.up.ac.za/accommodation and www.up.ac.za/feesfunding.


 Student support

The Department of Student Affairs’ design and implement high impact programmes to enhance student success, leadership, welfare and wellness within a proactive and programme-based approach. Its Student Counselling Division offers academic, therapeutic and emotional support, rendered by a highly professional multi disciplinary team consisting of counselling, educational and clinical psychologists and social workers. Academic support ensures that the students make the correct career choices, handle academic stress better and are equipped to be academically successful. Therapeutic and emotional support ensures academic success and enhances optimal psycho-social functioning. Life skills enable students to develop holistically and empower them to be successful, well rounded individuals and responsible citizens. Services include psychometric testing, career planning, study methods, stress-handling, personal empowerment, life skills, trauma counselling and relationship skills. All services are free of charge for registered students. For more information, visit www.up.ac.za/studentaffairs.



Sport represents a significant part of student life. The University of Pretoria provides students with opportunities to participate in a variety of sporting disciplines at club, national and international level. The University also boasts excellent sports facilities, which are highly regarded both nationally and internationally. The UP Sports Campus is centrally located and is easily accessible to students. TuksSport has a large number of sports clubs and is currently the largest source of athletes for a variety of sports disciplines and national teams. TuksSport forms a vital part of the UP experience and therefore you are encouraged to select the University of Pretoria for an outstanding sports and academic career. For more information, visit www.up.ac.za/sport.


High Performance Centre

The University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre (hpc) is Southern Africa’s first elite performance sports facility. Launched in May 2002, the Centre is the training ground for tomorrow’s sporting champions and the venue of choice for sports professionals and enthusiasts alike. The hpc is situated on the grounds of the University of Pretoria’s Sports Campus. Its unique combination of world-class training facilities, medical services, accommodation and hospitality, nutritional and scientific expertise and research has earned the hpc its reputation for excellence and success, locally as well as internationally. These facilities attract a steady flow of international athletes as well as local sporting bodies for training camps or specific team preparation. The hpc has become the preferred location for Team South Africa pre-departure camps as well as the preferred centre of specialisation for a significant number of national federations. Within this sporting environment, the Sport Academy Programme is a sporting initiative which has been endorsed by several national federations in South African sport as well as international sporting federations.


Student Representative Council

The Student Representative Council (SRC) is the highest student governance structure at the University of Pretoria. It manages student matters and represents students on University committees and forums where decisions are made. SRC representatives serve a one-year term of office. The SRC plays a key role in the coordination of organised student life and must ensure that the extracurricular programme contributes to the overall development of students. The SRC also fulfils an important communication function – on the one hand conveying student needs and interests to the University Management, and on the other hand reporting progress to the student body.



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