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South Africa

Welcome

Strathclyde has a long history of welcoming students from South Africa, and we currently have a number of South Africans studying with us.

Students from South Africa have studied in all four of our faculties and at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Popular subjects for South African students include Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Law and Education Studies.

Academic staff at Strathclyde are currently working in partnership with colleagues at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) on research in Mathematics & Statistics. We also have research and teaching links with the University of Cape Town (UCT) in areas related to both Entrepreneurship and Biomedical Sciences.

Strathclyde International Society

Run by students, for students, the International Society is the first stop for all international students arriving at Strathclyde.

It's the perfect place to meet new people and learn about many different countries and cultures. You can learn more about Glasgow and Scotland too.

There are weekly international pub, movie and games nights which are regularly attended by more than 100 people from countries across the world.

The International Society loves to get out of the city for a bit of sightseeing too. Recent trips have included:

  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Isle of Arran
  • Stonehaven
  • Isle of Skye
  • Ben Nevis
  • Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter trip)

If you're joining us here at Strathclyde, you can add the Strathclyde International Society as a friend on Facebook to keep up to date with what they're doing and where they meet. You can also email the team for any other information.

We're looking forward to seeing you at Strathclyde!

Spiritual life

Strathclyde has a multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre that caters for the spiritual needs of the entire University community, providing students of all religions with opportunities to worship, reflect and interact socially. In addition, Glasgow is home to many African churches, and the largest mosque in Scotland is less than 15 minutes walk from our campus.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate

For direct entry to undergraduate courses at Strathclyde we would usually look for students from South Africa to have the National Senior Certificate/IEB with five or more subjects at B/Grade 6/70% and matriculation endorsement.

Students with slightly lower grades may be able to enter Strathclyde degrees following successful completion of an Undergraduate Foundation programme at the Strathclyde International Study Centre. (Successful completion of the Foundation programme allows progression to second year of most Strathclyde Bachelor’s degrees.)

Postgraduate

We'll usually consider applications for postgraduate study from students with an Honours degree from a recognised institution in South Africa, and who've achieved an overall B grade or higher.

Additionally, some Masters programmes require work experience. Please check the detailed entry requirements for each course.

If you wish to apply for a research degree you'd normally have to have a Masters degree and some experience of research work.

For further information on entry requirements, please contact our representative Christopher Crame (christopher.crame@strath.ac.uk).

English language requirements

Students from South Africa are not normally required to take an IELTS test in order to study at Strathclyde.

If English isn't your first language, however, you'll need to provide proof of English language proficiency from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Our standard IELTS requirements are 6.5 overall, however some courses may look for more.

Improving your English

If you need to improve your English to meet the language conditions of your degree offer, you can take one of our ELT English language courses without needing to re-take IELTS or another English language test.

Degree preparation courses

The University of Strathclyde International Study Centre offers international students, who do not meet direct requirements for a course, the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation, International Year One or Pre-Masters programme. Upon successful completion, students will be able to progress to a degree level course at the University of Strathclyde.

How to apply

Apply through our course pages.

Get in touch

If you're in any doubt about the entry requirements, just get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

While you're here

Glasgow has so much to see and do while you're here.

Shopping & entertainment

Our music scene, bars and restaurants are renowned and we've one of the best shopping experiences in the UK.

There are museums, numerous sporting venues and more than 90 parks, with the oldest - Glasgow Green - a 10-minute walk from our campus.

Glasgow is also a great base for exploring Scotland's beautiful lochs and mountains or for flying to some of Europe's most attractive destinations.

Student union

The student union here at Strathclyde is a great place to grab a bite to eat and catch up with friends between classes.

Like us, it's based in the middle of the city centre and is an array of events, clubs and societies that you can join.

Eating out

There are loads of places to grab a quick sandwich or have a longer, relaxed lunch or dinner around here. Keep an eye on The List for places to eat.

A taste of home

Veldt Deli is located in the West End of Glasgow, and is Scotland’s only fusion Scottish/South African delicatessen and café.

Scholarships

Individual academic departments and faculties offer a range of scholarships for international students on their programmes, with awards of up to 50% of tuition fees.

Strathclyde also participates in a number of major international scholarship schemes that are open to South Africans, including:

Check out our scholarships database to find out more about all scholarships and funding opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Current students