South Africa: information for prospective students - Welcome!
The University of York has a long history of welcoming students from all over the world. Of our 20,000 plus students over 5,500 are from outside the UK, representing more than 150 countries. At York, you'll be sure to have an international educational experience! See why the choice is York
Get a taste of studying in York through our free online taster courses and open access short online courses. Develop your English language and a number of other skills, and get the opportunity to interact with our student community.
Studying with us at the moment we have 154 students from Sub-Saharan Africa.
They're studying a range of subjects including Health Sciences, Social Policy and Social Work, Politics, Economics and Environment and Geography.
Jenny is our Regional Manager for Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Please don’t hesitate to contact her with any queries you might have about studying here.
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Jenny Gonzalez Hogg
Regional Manager for Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa
My year at York was a wonderful time of personal and intellectual growth.
Erica, MA Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture (South Africa)
Funding, scholarships and loans
We offer a number of scholarships and funding opportunities for international students:
- Undergraduate funding, scholarships and loans
- Postgraduate taught funding, scholarships and loans
- Research degree funding, scholarships and loans
We award many international scholarships every year, recognising achievement by applying a tuition fee discount:
You could also be entitled to apply for the following competitive scholarships:
We are proud to have launched a partnership with the Ashinaga Association to provide full scholarships to African students who’ve lost one or both of their parents. Read about the launch
Country specific scholarships
various. The University of York is a host university for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Various opportunities are available throughout the year. The majority of awards are funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
Other sources of funding
There are a number of external funding bodies that exist to support study in the UK. Government departments, international agencies, charitable organisations and private companies may also be able to provide financial support for certain subject areas. If there is a local British Council office near you they can provide up-to-date advice on what is available for your country and you can search for scholarships online.
If you're studying the National Senior Certificate (State or Independent Examination Board - IEB Matric) you'll need to achieve between 66655 and 76666 in five subjects.
Other post school qualifications may also be considered for entry to York on a case by case basis.
Visit the course pages for details of the entry requirements specific to your chosen course. Some courses also have additional requirements such as work experience or submission of written work.
Postgraduate taught courses
For a postgraduate taught course such as a Masters, you would normally need a Bachelor degree with Honours or a Bachelor of Technology from a recognised institution in a relevant subject.
Typically you would need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second class honours degree, however some courses will accept lower second class honours degrees. Actual requirements will vary by course.
- Upper Second Class Honours is considered comparable to a UK 2:1
- Lower Second Class Honours is considered comparable to a UK 2:2
For a research degree such as an MPhil or a PhD, you would normally need a Bachelors degree plus either a Masters degree in a relevant subject or some experience of conducting research.
Visit the course page for details of the entry requirements specific to your chosen course. Some courses also have additional entry requirements such as work experience or submission of written work.
English language requirements vary by academic department.
- Undergraduate study English language requirements
- Postgraduate Taught English language requirements
- Postgraduate Research English language requirements
English language support
We can help you with your English language skills both before and during your studies.
Find out how much our courses cost:
Living costs and additional expenses
Use our living cost guides to plan your budget:
To apply to York, you will need to complete an application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
Apply for an undergraduate course
You can apply online for taught Masters courses and research degrees. You can apply all year round in most cases but we recommend that you apply as early as possible due to competition for places and funding application deadlines.
Apply for a postgraduate taught course
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If you wish to receive extra support when applying to study in the UK, you can choose to be counselled by an agent. The University of York is partnered with numerous education agents around the world, who are carefully selected and regularly trained by the University.
Students who choose to be counselled by an agent should expect the following standards of service:
- Agent representatives will support you throughout the application process, including advice when preparing and submitting required documents
- Agent representatives will have full access to your data within your application and may discuss your application in full with the University of York
- Agent representatives should be honest and accurate when communicating with you about the University, and vice versa
- Agent representatives will conduct themselves with fairness and integrity at all times and are subject to a rigorous selection and ongoing training process by the University of York.
It is important to us that you are satisfied with the service that you receive from an agent. You can provide feedback to us by completing the agent feedback form. All responses are anonymous. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a list of partners that we highly recommend based on the country from which you are applying. The services provided can vary, as can the fees (some services are free of charge). We recommend that you use the web links provided to research your options thoroughly before making a final decision.
Our agent partners
- Global Education
- You could also seek advice from the British Council in South Africa.
Read our pre-arrival checklist and find out everything you need to know to help make your journey to York as easy as possible.
If you're travelling to the UK by plane, you can book your place on our free airport collection service from Manchester airport.
There are over 180 social, cultural and religious student-led societies that you can join at York including the International Students' Association (ISA).
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