International School

The University of KwaZulu-Natal's International School is an intensive five-week study programme offered from late June to the end of July each year. It's an opportunity for those who may not have the time or resources to spend a whole semester away from home the opportunity to have the "study abroad experience."

The School offers a wonderful opportunity to study in KwaZulu-Natal, a scenic and culturally rich province on South Africa's eastern seaboard. Bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east and the Drakensberg mountains to the west, the province has a mild, sub-tropical climate all year round. It has an abundance of beautiful natural resources, such as the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (both World Heritage Sites), and the numerous game parks of the northern savannah: home to elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and many other species.

KwaZulu-Natal has a rich cultural heritage. Khoisan speaking hunter-gatherers, who lived in the region until the 19th century, left one of the most spectacular legacies of rock paintings to be found anywhere in the world. The African population is largely Zulu-speaking, with a recorded history dating back to the African kingdoms of the late 18th century, including that of Shaka, the legendary Zulu king. Iron-age sites suggest that their ancestors settled in the region as early as the 2nd or 3rd centuries AD. The region today has a sophisticated economy, with a modern communication, education and health infrastructure.

The region provides a microcosm of the changes which post-apartheid South Africa is experiencing in business and in the fields of government, agriculture, health, housing and education. Courses will cover many of these issues, and cater for those who wish to acquire basic communication skills in Zulu, or learn about general community service issues.


Fees and Accommodation

Fees for 2015
The cost of the full programme is $US 3550. This fee includes accommodation, tuition fees, course materials, travel arranged as part of individual courses, and weekend visits to the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park (a World Heritage Site) and a game park
Students are required to take up two courses.

Leisure activities:

The school provide the opportunity to spend time in Durban in one of the University of KwaZulu-Natal's main teaching centre's where modern hotels, restaurants, libraries, museums, cinemas, music, and jazz venues, art galleries and golf courses of international standard are located. The sites of the major battles of the Anglo-Zulu War (1879), together with those of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) are easily accessible from Durban or Pietermaritzburg. So also are a great number of reserves and wilderness areas maintained by Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife, where visitors can view game and hike on trails in unspoilt surroundings. The coast offers fishing, surfing and bathing.


The Durban campus is about 12 km from Durban International Airport. The International School programme will arrange transportation between campus and airport as part of the programme fee - provided that we are informed of arrival and departure details in good time.
There are regular bus and taxi services between the campus, the city centre, and the main bathing beaches, as well as the airport and other facilities.

In June and July the weather is generally sunny and temperate, with average daily temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees C. However, the night-time temperatures in the region are sometimes near freezing, particularly in areas away from the coast - including the areas you will be visiting. You are advised to bring warm clothes.

Time Zone:
South African time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (6 hours ahead of USA Eastern Standard Time).

The urban areas are well policed, with crime levels no higher than those of other cities of commensurate size. The University's Risk Management Services provides 24 hour services, including an escort service at night. However, as in any large metropolitan area crime does exist, and students need to act responsibly, for example, do not walk alone after dark and do not carry cell phones, laptops or money in plain sight.

HIV/AIDS affects South Africans from all walks. The University of KwaZulu-Natal has acknowledged its responsibility towards addressing the challenges posed by HIV/AIDS through implementing policy and undertaking numerous endeavours aimed at providing information and prevention.

The South African currency is the Rand (abbreviation: R or ZAR). Use the Universal Currency Converter (c) to find the latest exchange rate.

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