Cost of University Study in South Africa

How much does it cost to study a first year at a South African University

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Cost of University Study in South Africa

Cost of Study at a Public University in South Africa

The total cost to study at any public university in South Africa will depend on what degree you study and where you study. Keep in mind that you don't pay per degree but rather the costs of your courses which make up your degree combined. For this reason, universities provide an estimate of costs per degree. 

In addition, the cost of study will vary depending on the type of degree that you do, for example a human science degree will be less expensive than an engineering degree or a degree in medicine. 

The table below provides an estimate of fees calculated for various degrees for 2019. The fees for public universities provided below are based on 2018 data calculated with a 7 % increase to account for inflationary increases (which are inevitable). Note: These fees serve only as a guide and you should contact the university directly for a more detailed quotation of fees for your specific degree.

Public Universities

BA General

BCom

BSc

Engineering

LLB (Law)

Rhodes

R 46 390

R 50 794

R 48 299

-

R 52 080

University of Cape Town

R 57180

R 60 883 - 77 981

R 62 488

R 64 499 - 66 511

R 58 154

Stellenbosch

R 42 664

R 44 863

R 50 908

R 59 167

R 50 134

Wits

R 41 986 - R54 077

R 48 428 - 51 713

-

R 50 397 - 58 241

R 46 694

University of KZN

R 41 195

R 39 140

R 40 981

R 47 294 - 47 936

R 40 401

University of Pretoria

R 38 500 - 47 000

R 44 000 - 48 000

R 44 000 - 61 000

R 47 000 - 59 000

R 41 000 - 45 000

University of Johannesburg

R 36 500 - 45 000

R 36 808 - 55 319

R 38 000 - 63 558

R 43 014 - 53 179

R 36 800 - 42 266

Private University / College

BA General

BCom

BSc

Engineering

LLB (Law)

Vega

R 77 000

R 83 000

-

-

-

Varsity College

R 64 600

R 75 340

-

-

R 77 430

Monash South Africa

R 66 661

R 89 900

-

R 94 750

R 68 694