International students
South Africa

Information for students from South Africa

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Entry requirements

Foundation courses

Applicants from South Africa are not usually required to take a foundation programme.

Our foundation courses

We offer foundation courses for international students who are not qualified for direct entry to our undergraduate degree courses.

These courses are available at the University of Nottingham International College, just next to University Park Campus, in partnership with Kaplan International Colleges.

Find out more about the courses, entry requirements and progression options on Kaplan's website:

Applications and enquiries for these courses are handled by Kaplan and the college.

International foundation courses


Undergraduate courses

Full-time courses across our five faculties typically last for three to four years, although some degrees such as medicine and architecture have a longer duration.

Undergraduate entry requirements

Students that have taken the National Senior Certificate and obtained passes in five or more subjects may be considered for direct entry to an undergraduate programme.

We can typically accept grades ranging from 77777 in relevant subjects to 66665 in relevant subjects.

We do not consider Life Orientation when making offers.

Our Undergraduate Prospectus lists entry requirements for A levels and International Baccalaureate students for each course.

Students taking APs or SATs should refer to our entry requirements for the USA.

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Masters courses

We offer a wide range of postgraduate masters degree programmes across our five faculties. Full-time masters courses typically last for one year.

Masters entry requirements

Bachelor degree classifications are similar to those in the UK and so the same requirement is needed: at least a 2.1 or second class upper, depending on the course you are applying for.

Check course details in our Postgraduate Prospectus to see whether your chosen course requires the equivalent of an Upper Second Class (2:1) or Lower Second Class (2:2) degree.

For students that have an ordinary degree and want to begin a masters, a further qualification should be taken to upgrade a standard bachelors to a bachelors with honours. 

Our entry requirements for degrees from South African universities vary depending on the university where you have studied and the course you are applying for at Nottingham. The summary below is provided as guidance but requirements may vary for individual courses.

Entry Requirements

Upper Second Class (2:1)

Lower Second Class (2:2)




Degrees from recognised universities in South Africa can be accepted as meeting our English language requirements.

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Research courses

Our PhD courses, available across a wide range of subject areas, typically include three years of full time research followed by an optional writing-up period of one year to complete your thesis.

PhD entry requirements

Applicants should hold a masters degree of a good standard from a recognised university in a relevant subject area.

Exceptional students may be considered for PhD entry without a masters qualification, but this is rare and would be more suitable for new route PhD applicants.

See the masters section for guidance on the grades we typically require from South African universities. These will vary depending on the university where you have studied and the course you are applying for at Nottingham.

Degrees from recognised universities in South Africa can be accepted as meeting our English language requirements.

You should identify possible supervisors at Nottingham before applying and prepare a research proposal to submit with your application.

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English language requirements

Scholarships and funding


South African students at Nottingham

  • A vibrant multi-cultural community with over 150 different nationalities represented in our student body
  • Over 200 societies on campus offering celebrations, festivals and social events throughout the year, including the South African Society
  • Outstanding sports facilities and support with over 70 sports clubs
  • Exchange programmes and study abroad links with more than 200 partner universities worldwide
  • Excellent careers support including work placements, part-time work opportunities and regular careers fairs on campus
  • The Nottingham Advantage Award offers students the chance to get involved in a wide range of extra-curricular and co-curricular modules designed to enhance employability, personal and professional development
  • A range of Support Services for students, including Chaplaincy and Faith Support and prayer facilities on campus
  • A wide selection of cuisines are available on campus and in the city, including vegetarian and vegan food
  • The city of Nottingham is vibrant, affordable and only 15 minutes from campus, featuring museums, theatres, art galleries, music venues and a wide range of sports venues


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“Lecturers are well informed and interesting and the topics taught always encourage debate and participation. My seminar teachers are always helpful and interesting with a variety of life experiences as well as a love for the subjects they teach.”

Nina from South Africa, BSc Politics and Economics


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International Relations Manager - Africa

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Official representatives

Our official representatives in South Africa can assist you with applying for our courses, visa processes and preparing to study with us.

About our overseas representatives

Meet us 

In South Africa

We regularly travel to South Africa to meet with prospective students and their families, visit schools and to attend education fairs and other events each year.

Meet us in South Africa

In Nottingham

You are also very welcome to visit our campuses in Nottingham for an open day or an independent visit.

Visit us in Nottingham


Get in touch or connect online 


International Student Recruitment

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

+44 (0) 115 951 5247
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