Cultural diversity, strong academics and stunning scenery and wildlife

The University of KwaZulu-Natal's (UKZN) stunning study abroad location near two World Heritage Sites on a scenic coastal route, offers you unique opportunities to experience the beauty and culture of this fascinating region of South Africa. UKZN is rated among the top 500  universities in the world (ARWU) and only one of three African universities to receive this honor. 

With international partnerships in 44 countries and an undergraduate population of 24,897, UKZN offers a truly global academic experience. It is a multi-campus, residential, teaching and research-driven university. Its Howard campus is located in the sub-tropical, coastal city of Durban, in the picturesque province of KwaZulu-Natal.

The Howard campus offers many academic disciplines, with some teaching divided between Howard and the Westville Campus. Study options include architecture, engineering, law, humanities, development, oceanography, ecology and social sciences. Research activities are conducted in state-of-the art laboratories and span the natural, biomedical, humanities and social sciences.

During my semester in South Africa, I found that my experience was both more amazing and more well-rounded than I ever expected. ”

Arcadia University Student, University of KwaZulu-Natal

  • You can take part in extensive sporting and cultural activities on campus, making full use of the impressive indoor sports complex, the extensive outdoor facilities and scuba diving and the stunning location near two World Heritage Sites: the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg National Park and the iSimangaliso (St. Lucia) Wetlands Park, famous for their conservation of the black and white Rhinos.

  • UKZN’s Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa is one of the most successful research institutions in the continent.

  • The sophisticated urban areas of Durban lie just an hour’s drive from tribal villages where huts still dot the rolling hills and where the Zulu cultural heritage is upheld strongly.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Academic Year 2015 TBA TBA 28-36 $23,100 4/15/2015 More Info
Spring 2015 1/28/2015 6/13/2015 12-18 $14,950 9/20/2014 More Info
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2015 1/28/2015 11/19/2015 24-36 $23,610 9/20/2014 More Info
Fall 2015 7/8/2015 11/20/2015 14-18 $13,990 4/15/2015 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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Program Details


South Africa

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Location Type

Large City


As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed accommodation. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


Health & Safety

Student health, safety and security in South Africa are our top priorities. Our experienced and well-connected staff are prepared to deal with any emergencies that may arise...

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