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Program Description:
ACES in South Africa at UKZN in Pietermaritzburg
Semester or Academic Year
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Quick Links
Program Overview
The City of Pietermartizburg
Academic Environment
Program Cost and Advance Fees
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy
Passport/Visa Information
Application Process
Health, Safety, Pre-Departure
Contact Information
Program Overview

The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal has several campuses.  This exchange program is with Pietermaritzburg.
Spring Semester: begins in February, ends early July.
Fall Semester: begins end of August, ends in late November.
Exchange stu­dents have a lot of freedom selecting lectures and seminars. Restrictions apply to some classes with laboratory work or other exercises, depending on availability and timely registration.

Courses are offered in:
  • Ag Business
  • Ag Engineering
  • Animal science
  • Biotechnology
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Entomology
  • Plant breeding
  • Plant protection
  • Organic farming
  • Renewable energy
  • Tropical agriculture
Language Requirements
Most classes are taught in English. Zulu language and culture courses are popular with International students, but they are not required.

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The City of Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is a regionally important industrial hub, producing aluminium, timber and dairy products. The estimated population is around 500,000. Some of the many Tourist Attractions include: The Natal Museum, Tatham Art Gallery, City Hall, and SANBI Botanical Gardens. Some of the many beautiful surrounding areas include: Albert Falls Nature Reserve, Howick Falls, Midmar Public Nature Reserve, Queens Elizabeth Park, and World’s View.  Pietermaritzburg is located in the centre of the scenic Natal Midlands, close to numerous nature reserves and parks, only an hour drive from Durban and two hours drive from the Drakensberg. The city has a rich architectural heritage, with many fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian buildings. 

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Academic Environment

Pietermaritzburg is the birthplace of the former University of Natal and its forerunner, the Natal University College, which opened its doors to 57 students in 1910. Two years later, Old Main Building was completed and the hub of the present-day PMB campus was established. The campus offers a wide range of innovative academic programmes, which have been successful in responding to local and provincial needs in the broad areas of Science and Agriculture, Education, Law, Human and Management Sciences. Unique to the Pietermaritzburg campus are the disciplines of Agriculture, Theology and Fine Art.

The exchange programme provides international students with an opportunity to interact on a social, cultural and academic level with local students. It allows students to embrace a new culture and different lifestyle. The programme is designed for registered students that have completed at least two semesters at their home institutions. Students are selected by their home institution and by UKZN to participate in the Student Exchange programme. Final selection of students will be based on academic merit.

For more information see UKZN's International Relations website:

For a listing of courses offered that already have Illinois equivalencies, go to

International students are assisted in finding accommodations either in apartments or in student residence halls.
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Program Cost and Advance Fees

For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
See Budget Sheets at the top of this page!

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college.  More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at
For more information about general costs, please watch the First Steps Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarship videos found here for tips and advice:

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Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail 

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (  
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You must have a valid passport to participate on this program with at least two blank VISA pages. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
Prior to traveling to South Africa, accepted participants must obtain a student visa. Check the website of the South African embassy in Washington to get the most current information on how to obtain this student visa/study permit. You are responsible for obtaining the visa, not the University of Illinois or ACES.
More information about passports and visas can be found at

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Application Process

First Steps Info Session 
Watch the First Steps videos found on our website or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  
Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $50 application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable $50 application fee.
Application Components
The Study Abroad Office Application includes:
·         Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
·         Personal essay questions
·         Photocopy of passport
·         Signature verification form
·         Official Transcript
·         Online questionnaires
To apply to UKZN follow the link below:
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.

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Health, Safety, Pre-Departure

The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found at
Pre-Departure Course, LAS 291 1 credit 
All students are required to enroll in a pre-departure  second 8 weeks course, LAS 291 for 1 credit.  During this course, topics such as culture shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. 
Before You Go
The “Before You Go” section on our website provides you with information on what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure. (
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Contact Information

ACES Education Abroad

123 Mumford Hall
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380
Walk-in hours: 2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/22/2017 01/03/2018 06/08/2018
Calendar Year(SP/FA) 2018 09/15/2017
09/15/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018
02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2018 03/15/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA
Calendar Year(SP/FA) 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed