Howard College (Durban), Edgewood,
Medical School, Pietermaritzburg and Westville
howard college is a landmark
of the durban campus
university of Kwazulu-natal.
Welcome to the University of KwaZulu-Natal
The University of Natal merged with the
University of Durban-Westville on 1 January 2004. The
name of the new institution is the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
According to the University statement:
“ The creation of a new institution is an exciting opportunity to bring
into being a genuinely South African university, with a new culture and form,
designed to meet the challenges of serving the country and the region in innovative
and effective ways. This socially responsive institution will be a world-class
university, and an active global player while still serving the KwaZulu-Natal
and SADC regions.”
As a premier university of African Scholarship,
one of its strategic aims is to expand collaboration
across international boundaries, thereby promoting
multiculturalism and diversity within our university,
region and country. Our aim is to provide quality education
serving the needs of Africa and the rest of the world.
A centre of excellence in Africa
The University of KwaZulu-Natal has formal and informal affiliations with more
than 260 universities in Africa, the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia,
the Far East and elsewhere. The University of KwaZulu-Natal has formed strategic
links with institutions abroad, which are committed to programmes of mutual
The westville campus of the university of kwazulu-natal.
Location, culture and history
The University is spread over the province of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, Westville
and Pietermaritzburg. KwaZulu-Natal is one of the country’s foremost
tourism destinations, with good reason. Its magnificent coastline stretches
from Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’ of tourist beaches, northwards
to the remote estuaries and world heritage sites of Maputaland and southwards
to the rugged coves of the Wild Coast. Its game reserves offer the chance
to see the ‘Big 5’ in their natural habitat and the imposing
Drakensberg mountain range offers wonderful hiking, climbing and trout fishing
opportunities. Of great interest to historians are the battlefield sites
of the Anglo-Boer War.
The former University of Natal was first
established in 1910 in Pietermaritzburg with 57 students.
This picturesque city in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands
is a two-hour drive from the Drakensberg and has a
fascinating history and a rich architectural heritage.
The Pietermaritzburg campus’ Fine Arts programme
is highly regarded and its Faculty of Agriculture is
at the forefront of agricultural research in southern
Established in 1923, Howard College
(Durban) is situated on a verdant ridge overlooking
the city and enjoys spectacular views across the southern
busiest harbour. Durban is famous for its fine weather, extensive beaches and
a buzzing cultural scene. Its unique mix of Zulu, Indian and European influences
has generated several important arts and culture programmes. Durban enjoys
a special cultural exchange partnership with several international cities and
the University’s Centre for Creative Arts has been at the forefront of
groundbreaking international collaborations. The University hosts the highly
regarded annual Durban International Film Festival as well as poetry, creative
writing, dance and music festivals, attracting poets, writers and musicians
from all over the world and exporting our unique rhythms and styles abroad.
The University’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music is a world leader
in the study and performance of African jazz.
Located within an environmental conservancy
just ten minutes from the city of Durban is the Westville
campus, which combines a state of the art infrastructure
with beautiful natural surroundings. The former University
of Durban-Westville was punctuated with some of the
most powerful moments in South African politics. It
was established at the height of political repression
40 years ago as the University College for Indians
on Salisbury Island in Durban Bay. In 1971, the College
was granted academic independence and became a fully-fledged
University. The following year, the newly named University
of Durban-Westville moved to its impressive modern
campus in Westville.
The Faculty of Education is located
on the Edgewood campus, in Pinetown. It offers initial
teacher education as well as postgraduate study opportunities.
The University’s Nelson R Mandela
School of Medicine, renamed in honour of South Africa’s
most famous citizen is within five minutes from the
Howard College campus. The faculty has made a unique
contribution to medical education in South Africa since
its establishment in 1951, and many leading figures
in South African political and public life, including
several government ministers and the celebrated anti-apartheid
activist, Steve Biko, studied there during the turbulent
aerial view of the durban campus, one of the University’s
spread across Durban and pietermaritzburg.
Support for International Initiatives
at the University
UKZN International full complement of staff includes
the Director, Assistant Director, Principal International
Advisor, Student Exchange and Study Abroad
Coordinator, International School Coordinator and the SADC/Africa Officer.
UKZN has International Student Support Offices on its three main campuses
staffed by two people each.
The University is committed to providing
specialised services to support internationalisation
initiatives. UKZN International aims to support the
University’s strategic initiatives, particularly
those related to achieving excellence in teaching,
research and community services. Through UKZN International,
the University will strive to deepen its connections
and roots within the continent of Africa and the rest
of the world.
rofessional staff proactively provides
guidance to international students. The unique needs
and challenges are addressed by the International Student
Support Offices located strategically to serve the
The International Students Applications
Office is geared towards providing support to the special
needs of all international students interested in studying
at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Guidance is given
in the areas of applications and the verification of
international credentials in order to ensure efficient
and effective feedback to prospective international
students. Enquiries and applications are given personal
attention by the International Student Application
Advisement is given to staff and students
seeking to achieve excellence through international
opportunities. UKZN is actively involved in establishing,
developing and nurturing strategic international linkages,
academic exchanges and research collaboration initiatives.
Specialised services aim to support initiatives in
SADC/Africa, Student Exchange, Study Abroad as well
as full-time international students and international
visitors. The International School offers unique multicultural
programmes. UKZN International is actively involved
in discussion and debates addressing issues of access,
diversity, capacity building, multiculturalism, curriculum
and GATS, on various forums locally, nationally, in
the continent of Africa and the rest of the world.
Disciplines and Courses
For 2005, the University of KwaZulu-Natal campuses will continue to offer a
range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the following disciplines.
It must be noted that the University of KwaZulu-Natal is currently engaged
in restructuring courses across all disciplines. - Community and Development
Disciplines - Education - Engineering - Health Sciences - Human and Management
Studies - Human Science - Law - Science - Science and Agriculture - Management
Students and staff
Today the University of KwaZulu-Natal has more than 40 000 students, reflecting
the broad demographics of South Africa’s population. There are currently
over 2 700 international students from more than 70 countries attending the
University of KwaZulu-Natal. As one of the leading research institutions
in Africa, the University is particularly geared to enhance the experience
of international students.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal has
approximately 2 284 teaching staff, many of whom are
internationally acclaimed for their research and writing.
Applicants to Bachelors degree studies should be in possession of a matriculation
exemption endorsement. Those with non-South African school leaving certificates
must enclose certified copies of documents, and translations where necessary.
For some qualifications (e.g. Engineering, Commerce, Health Science and Science)
there are additional requirements, such as a minimum pass in mathematics.
Applicants from non-English speaking countries should provide proof of English
language ability. The minimum requirement for a postgraduate qualification
is a Bachelor’s degree.
Facilities and services
Each campus has a fully computerised main library with branches to serve special
needs. Other facilities include computer services, theatres, art galleries,
a vast archive, student newspapers, campus bookshops, health clinics and
a large number of sporting clubs, which operate on all campuses. On each
campus, students elect a Students’ Representative Council, whose authority
over the many clubs and societies is recognised by the University.
The University offers accommodation in its comfortable, well-secured, self-catering
residences. Residence and housing officers also assist students to find suitable
The multidisciplinary approach to study has led to the creation of a number
of unique courses and programmes, designed to research and solve real problems.
This multi-disciplinarity recognises that nothing operates in isolation and
everything is interdependent. The University of KwaZulu-Natal aims to produce
students who are critical thinkers, able to operate across disciplines with
an understanding of the inherent multi-disciplinarity of all fields of study.
Innovative courses and degree subjects
have been devised to foster this, and many faculties
are incorporating new courses and seminars into their
An affordable international qualification
While it has become very expensive to attend a university
in Europe or the United States, the University of KwaZulu-Natal
offers international students the opportunity to acquire
a top class, internationally recognised academic qualification
at a very affordable cost. The fees for undergraduate
and postgraduate students from non-SADC countries are
$4400. Research Masters and Doctoral students are charged
local fees plus an international levy of R600 per semester.
Living costs in South Africa, for students
in residence, average R9 000. Tuition fees for international
spending one or more semester for non-degree purposes
are only $660 per course or module.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal offers
unique international programmes, namely student exchange,
study abroad and
the International School.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s corporate identity
The new corporate identity of the University of KwaZulu-Natal
consists of two main elements: the symbol and logotype.
The elements of the symbol include:
The African Shield – a symbol of protection, for
our most valuable assets i.e. Education and Culture,
and by extension African Scholarship.
Multi-coloured bars – representing
five founding campuses of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
The Globe with the multi-coloured rays symbolises a
rising sun i.e. a new beginning, a symbol of enlightenment.
The globe represents a University that is a global
player, producing world-class graduates.
Multi-coloured rays represent diversity – race,
culture, language and social values
The wave bookwings underscoring the visual represent
the foundation of knowledge; the spirit of the eastern
seaboard and soaring to new heights.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal is
a pre-eminent research university in South Africa.
Its research activities are
supported by laboratories housing the most modern equipment,
a library fully resourced with leading international
research journals, and a highly sophisticated information
technology division that provides all the necessary research
support, e.g. software and internet facilities. Research
is conducted in a conducive and vibrant environment that
promotes innovative and creative thinking. Centres of
Excellence have been developed in several areas, ranging
from social sciences and humanities, through to medical
sciences, natural science and engineering. The University
is at the cutting edge of international research in several
areas, especially HIV/AIDS, Forestry, Water Technology,
Biodiversity and Conservation, and Economic Development.
In addition, there has been a significant growth in the
university’s international research partnerships.
The comprehensive postgraduate programmes
offered at the University attract an increasing number
and Doctoral students from the African continent, as
well as abroad. The University’s vision and mission
to be a leading research institution on the African
continent is led by the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor
UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMME:
Looking for an opportunity to study
abroad? Want to learn about another culture?
Then why don’t you study abroad
in South Africa at the University of KwaZulu-Natal? The
University of KwaZulu-Natal,
as one of the leading research institutions in Africa,
is particularly geared to enhance the experience of study
abroad students. The University has affiliations with
more than 260 institutions around the world. The University
is at the forefront of curriculum restructuring for the
21st century to ensure multi-disciplinarity in its teaching
and research. It is spread over five campuses serving
than 40 000 students.
rated scientists and other academic staff offer
original and often unique courses
across the range of
humanities and sciences. With the development of support
for international students, the University is able
to provide professional services to all study abroad
study abroad programmes would be applicable to:
- Students who wish to experience
a wide diversity of cultures and languages.
- Students who wish to gain
hands-on experience of real-life problems facing
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ms Tasmeera Singh
Tel: +27 (0)31 260 2870 • Fax: +27 (0)31 260
The University of KwaZulu-Natal is committed to developing
partnerships in Africa. The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s
International Office is focused on working more closely
within the continent by being academically interactive
and by contributing to programmes, projects and research
agendas through partnerships. Initiatives are co-ordinated
by the SADC/Africa Officer, and support the maintenance
of existing linkages and the building of new partnerships
within Africa. Collaborations within the African continent
are guided firstly by the 1997 Southern African Development
Community (SADC) Protocol on Education and Training,
which promotes the development of the SADC region by
providing educational opportunities and enabling the
movement of students and staff within the region, and
secondly by the national government’s commitment
to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development
(NEPAD) plan which in part, aims to promote networks
with Higher Education institutions and build the human
capacity of the African continent. In particular, the
UKZN International markets scholarships offered to graduates
from Africa and conducts other fundraising activities;
acts as the liaison for the development of academic partnerships;
and markets courses that are relevant and which meet
specific developmental needs of countries in Africa.
There is a growing number of students from Africa at
the University. Students from SADC and postgraduate students
from Africa are attracted to programmes that are internationally
renowned and to the courses that are relevant to their
local context. Courses are tailored to meet development
needs of the continent. Students from SADC and postgraduate
students from Africa pay local fees and a minimum levy.
Lifetime opportunity to study in South Africa
The University of KwaZulu-Natal offers a five-week International
School from June to July. The vibrant atmosphere at
both our campuses (Durban and Pietermaritzburg), together
with high academic standards has received overwhelmingly
The International School offers a wonderful opportunity
to study in KwaZulu-Natal, the scenic and culturally
rich province situated on the eastern seaboard of South
Africa. Bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east and
the high escarpment of Drakensberg mountains to the
the province has a sub-tropical climate with temperatures
moderated by the expanse of the Indian Ocean. KwaZulu-Natal
has all-year round friendly climate. The Province has
an abundance of beautiful natural settings from the
Drakensberg Mountains, to the brilliant lakes and wetlands
Great St Lucia Wetland Park (both world heritage sites)
and the tropical savannahs of Zululand where the elephant,
rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard inhabit Hluhluwe-Umfolozi
The International School offers
the educational experiences that appropriately complement
curriculum while adding significant cultural dimensions
to students’ life experiences. The programme
in 2004 will run at two campuses: Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
Students must attend at either Howard College campus
(Durban) or the Pietermaritzburg campus. Courses offered
EVALUATION AND CREDIT
Participating students are required to submit assignments
and write class tests and a final examination for
each course. There are ±50 contact hours per
course. One final grade will be submitted per course
official transcript will be sent to the home institution
after completion. The University of KwaZulu-Natal
awards 16 credits per course with a maximum of 32
for the International School Programme.
The cost of a full five-week International School Programme
is between US$ 2 200 and US$ 3 000. Please refer to
the website for current rates. The programme costs
cover transport, accommodation at the University of
KwaZulu-Natal residences and fees for on-site activities
1. An endorsed visitors’ Visa
2. Recent academic transcript
3. Full payment of fees
4. Medical Health care insurance from student’s
For current application procedures, students are advised
to refer to the website.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ms Zandi Wanda, Coordinator
University of KwaZulu-Natal,
Durban 4041, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0) 31 260 2677
Fax: +27 (0) 31 260 2136
| 1. Culture & Diversity
Rainbow Nation: Overview
of language policy & film in
Modern South Africa.
2. Zulu language & Culture:
Opportunity to experience
Zulu language, culture and
3. Service Learning:
visit to development projects.
Policy Issues & Community Service:
democracy through sharing of citizenship in a land,
2. Turbulent Times:
KwaZulu- Natal from earliest
days to the present
3. Zulu Language, Art and Culture:
Language, culture and African Art
UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
Broaden your horizons and spend a semester abroad
Linking you to the rest of the world
“To travel is to gain wisdom and understanding”.
It is a philosophy that the University of KwaZulu-Natal
embraced when it began its Student Exchange Programme
with Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United States.
We now collaborate with approximately 54 institutions
from France, Finland, Ghana, Germany, Italy, India, Japan,
Korea, Mexico, Palestine, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sweden,
Tanzania and the United Kingdom.
The Student Exchange Programme provides an opportunity
for local students to interact academically, culturally
and socially across the globe. It allows students to
move beyond an academic exchange and embrace a new
culture, a different lifestyle, which may instil lifelong
The wealth of knowledge that an undergraduate student
gains from this experience is endless.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s
Student Exchange programme empowers students with the
to gain a local and international educational experience.
The programme is designed exclusively
for registered undergraduate South African students who
in a full degree course. Candidates who have completed
at least one year of study, with good academic results
and strong motivation, are normally selected to participate
in the exchange programme. As a matter of policy,
exchange students are required to obtain credit for the
taken at the host institution towards their degree
at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. All participants
required to obtain approval from their Head of School
and Faculty Board for courses to be taken at the
host university before their departure abroad. This ensures
Exchange programme participants will be
guaranteed tuition waivers and in some cases also for
meals depending on the contractual agreement.
Student Exchange Programme opens up opportunities
Students who wish to experience a wide diversity
of cultures and languages.
Students who wish to gain hands-on experience of
real-life issues facing the African continent.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ms Tasmeera Singh
Tel: +27 (0)31 260 2870 • Fax: +27 (0)31 260 2967
|UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
Howard College (Durban)
Durban 4041 South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)31 260 1092/3078
Fax:+27 (0)31 260 2967