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University of Johannesburg


Program Snapshot

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a premier city university located in South Africa. It shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg. Noted for its strength in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, UJ offers a comprehensive menu of programs and is committed to delivering outstanding higher education. The university embraces South Africa's rich histories, cultures, religions, races, genders and social and economic classes and languages. With a focus on identifying research areas, community engagement, and a commitment to internationalization, UJ addresses the challenges of the 21st century by combining the best of university and vocation-oriented education.

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South Africa’s most populous city, Johannesburg, Jozi or Jo’burg, is the provincial capital of the Gauteng Province. It is the second largest city on the African continent with three million people calling it home. Johannesburg can be considered the economic and cultural center of the country. Known for its diversity, Johannesburg is a melting pot of cultures from of the African continent and beyond. Johannesburg’s location makes it suitable to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities including visits to any of the country’s 7 World Heritage Sites: The Cradle of Human Kind, The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, Robben Island, Ukhahlamba/Drakensberg Park, Mapungubwe, Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape, and the Cape Floral Kingdom. The city is larger than London, New York and Sydney; and is comparable to the size of Los Angeles.

ISEP Exchange: Academic year or semester exchanges

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
There is generally a Very Limited chance of placement for US students and I-to-I students on ISEP Exchange. For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications

Program Dates
University of Johannesburg’s academic year, as with all universities in South Africa, runs from January to November. It is divided into two semesters. The first semester runs from January to June and the second semester from July to November. Each semester has two teaching blocks with a week break in between. There is a three week break between the semesters.

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The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
U.S. Full Year 16-17: $14,150
U.S. Semester 1 16-17: $8,500
U.S. Semester 2 16-17: $8,950

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: March 15, 2016

Fast Facts
Johannesburg, South Africa (pop. 3.2 million)
Student Enrollment: 45,000+
Language of instruction: English
University Home Page
University of Johannesburg Study Abroad Application

UJ offers programs in nine faculties: Art Design and Architecture, Education, Economics and Financial Sciences, Engineering and Built Environment, Health Sciences (closed to ISEP students), Humanities, Law, and Management and Science.

In order to view all the programs, courses and modules with course descriptions, offered per Faculty, please visit:

Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
Faculty of Economic and Financial Sciences
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Management
Faculty of Science

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Graduate students with the relevant qualifications and prerequisites are allowed into any graduate program at UJ.

Academic Notes
UJ has many strong areas of academic excellence in all faculties. Most interesting for study abroad students would be Africa Diplomacy and International Relations, Political Studies, Management and Accountancy, Physics, Entrepreneurship Development, Visual Identities in Art and Design, Education Rights and Transformation.


Transcripts are typically issued within two months after final exams. Students who wish to have additional copies of transcripts for graduate school or other post-baccalaureate programs should notify the coordinator. Transcripts will be forwarded to ISEP, and then to the student’s home institution. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
All coursework at the University of Johannesburg is taught in English and students should have a good grasp of the language. REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS TAKING COURSES IN ENGLISH:
ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes TOEFL: 60 (Undergraduate Students) 94(Graduate Students)

Institutional TOEFL accepted? No IELTS: 6 (Undergraduate Students) 7 (Graduate Students)

English as a Foreign Language courses available?: No

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Please note: Classes within the Health Sciences faculty are closed to ISEP students.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
All students applying to study at the University of Johannesburg must complete the University of Johannesburg Study Abroad Application in addition to their ISEP application.

Hints for Researching Courses
  1. From the main website, choose Faculties. A list of the faculties will appear.
  2. Each yearbook will list the current courses available.
*Courses are called modules, at the University of Johannesburg.

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in double rooms in an on-campus student residence hall. All the University residences are self-catering and have no attached dining halls. However, every campus has a student center with cafeterias, eating places and take away/fast food outlets.

Students will be met at the airport by a student buddy and a University driver. They will then be transported to the accommodation prepared for them and a brief orientation of the facility will be done. The student buddy will also provide directions of how to get to the Division for Internationalisation from the residence. Students will then have a three day orientation program.

Student Activities
UJ has many opportunities for International students to participate in extra-curricular activities as there are more than 100 student clubs and societies. These range from country based societies, religious societies, gaming formations, sports clubs and codes, community service and volunteer organizations. The UJ Choir offers a great opportunity to interact with UJ students, see the country and participate in the campus life. One must go through an audition to participate. UJ International Student Society (UJISS) and Student Buddies bring together international and local students for cultural exchange, social activities, and travel.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
UJ RAG (Remember and Give) provides a good opportunity for service learning and volunteering in the communities in and around Johannesburg. UJ AIESEC also provides opportunities for short term and long term internships opportunities for all students on campus.

The University of Johannesburg (UJ), one of the largest, multi-campus, residential universities in South Africa, seeks to achieve the highest distinction in scholarship and research.

UJ is a merger between the former Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), the Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR) and the Soweto and the East Rand campuses of Vista University in 2005, the University of Johannesburg’s unique academic architecture reflects a comprehensive range of learning programs, leading to a variety of qualifications, from vocational and traditional academic to professional and postgraduate, across the four campuses –Auckland Park Kingsway, Auckland Park Bunting Road, Doornfontein and Soweto. The campuses vary in size and each has its own character and culture, contributing to the institution’s rich diversity.