Study in South Africa

If you want to study in South Africa, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

South Africa has 8 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings. The highest-ranking university in South Africa is University of Cape Town, which is ranked at number 148.

Choosing where to study for a degree in South Africa is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of South Africa below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where South Africa’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much South Africa is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

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Times Higher Education World University Rankings data reveal the top 15 universities in Africa

Browse the top-ranked universities in South Africa

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Top universities in South Africa

University of Cape Town148th
University of the Witwatersrand=182nd
Stellenbosch University401-500th
University of KwaZulu-Natal501-600th
University of Johannesburg601-800th
*University's current rank in the overall World University Rankings

View the World University Rankings 2016-2017

Statistics about South Africa

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 19.11%
  • Of which, on higher education 12.19%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 19.66%
  • Population 54,956,920
  • Unemployment 25.1%
  • Annual GDP 1.28%
Data source: The World Bank