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."
Final dates for the International School 2011 will be placed on this
website as soon as the university has finalized dates for the July
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 India 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
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
Fees and Accommodation
Fees for 2015
The cost of the full programme is $US 3550 if a student applies before 28 February. Late applications, if accepted, pay a fee of US$ 3700. This fee includes accommodation (including linen, cutlery & crockery), 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
After admission a $US300 deposit must be paid (by 31 March for early applications and 1 May for late applications) to secure a place. The balance of the fee is payable by 31 May.
Students may take up to two courses. Those taking Service Learning are not expected to take a second course; however, the programme cost is the same for all participants.
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
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). Security:
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:
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
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