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Rhodes University, Grahamstown

Posted on July 22, 2010


Rhodes University was founded in 1904. It offers a wide range of majors at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. There are more than 30 majors offered through its six faculties that include Commerce, Education, Humanities, Law, Pharmacy and Science. Although it is a leading institution of higher education in South Africa, it attributes its excellence in part to its small size. There are approximately 4,000 students enrolled on the Grahamstown campus, more than half of whom live on campus. Rhodes University has a wonderfully diverse study body that reflects the cosmopolitan nature of South African society.


Nestled in the beautiful hills of the Eastern Cape, Grahamstown is located in a very significant place in South African history. It is where the British encountered Africans and were stopped in their northward conquest. Grahamstown presents in all of its dimensions, the challenges and aspirations of a South Africa emerging from the dark era of apartheid and into a more hopeful democratic future. Known as the festival city, Grahamstown is home to the National Festival of Arts, SciFest and other important cultural activities. It is situated at the meeting point of four different climate zones and offers a year-round moderate climate. It is close to game parks, the beach, and within easy reach of surrounding towns and cities via excellent road and air connections. Many of the buildings of the exquisitely landscaped campus are actually national monuments. Grahamstown and the Rhodes University campus offer an ideal environment to study, to have fun, and to be immersed in South African culture.


Academic Year – mid February to late November
Fall Semester – late July to late November
Spring Semester – mid February to late June

Courses & Credit

4 courses/semester for 1st & 2nd year level – or – 2 courses/semester at 3rd year level

(Please note that it is possible that a student’s schedule may be tentative until the first day of classes.)

Admission Requirements

Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Housing & Board

Students reside in University Halls in single rooms, with a meal plan.


Wheaton Comprehensive Fees. Expenses covered include Tuition, Room, Meals at the dining hall.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for $500 administrative fee, passport and visa fees, and personal expenses.


Make an appointment to see Dean Young at the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study

  • Afrikaans and Netherlandic Studies
  • African Languages
  • Anthropology
  • Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Economics and Economics
  • History
  • Education
  • English
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Environmental Science
  • Fine Art
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • History
  • Human Kinetics and Ergonomics
  • Ichthyology and Fisheries Science
  • Information Systems
  • Journalism & Media Studies
  • Law
  • Mathematics (Pure and Applied)
  • Music and Musicology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics and Electronics
  • Political and International Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Industrial Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology and Entomology

For complete list of courses, check Rhodes University's site.

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