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The Directorate: International Education and Partnerships (IEP) was established to support the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in its drive towards becoming a globally positioned University of Technology.

IEP encourages internationalisation by highlighting activities in our departments to international and potential partners viz. universities, industry, embassies, consulates, Government departments and international agencies, and through this promote the image of the institution as a reputable, leading University of Technology in Africa within a dynamic global context.

Our key focus activities:

  • To develop partnerships with other Universities international;
  • To foster and conclude international partnerships in a top-down as well as bottom-up fashion;
  • To target high quality international students especially in the SADC region;
  • To service our international partnerships efficiently and assist short-term and long-term international students to have a positive experience at DUT;
  • To share good practice with our partners and to benchmark against such practice;
  • To provide pastoral support to our international students;
  • To provide logistical support to international visitors, scholars and students. This includes immigration requirements, medical, visa information, students welfare, advice on foreign qualifications and conferment of status;
  • To work with academic departments to identify suitable international partners that will promote teaching innovation, learning and research.


  • Pre-International Students Orientation Programme
  • Airport Services (beginning of the year)
  • Facilitate the renewal of Study permits and Visas
  • Facilitate the provision of Medical Aid to International Students
  • Organise Farewell Function
  • Recruit International students in the SADC region
  • Attend to International Students matters throughout the year.
  • Assist and monitor International Students Organization’s programme.
  • Assist Refugee students with their special needs
  • International Students Organisation.
  • Observation of National Days.
  • Provincial tour.
  • International Day.
  • Africa Day.
  • United Nations Day.
  • International Students Night.

Getting to know South Africa

Located at the Southern tip of the African continent, South Africa borders Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland. Lesotho is an independent enclave entirely surrounded by South African territory.

South Africa has experienced a significantly different evolution from other nations in Africa as a result of two factors. Firstly, immigration from Europe reached significantly higher levels not experienced in other African communities. Secondly, the strategic importance of the Cape Sea Route, as emphasized by the closure of the Suez Canal during the Six Day War, including presence of mineral wealth made the country extremely important to Western interests, particularly during the Cold War.

Racial strife between the White minority and the Black majority has played a large part in the country’s history and politics, culminating in apartheid, which was instituted in 1948 by the National Party (although segregation existed prior to that date). The laws that defined apartheid were being repealed and/or abolished by the National Party in 1990 after a long and sometimes violent struggle (including economic sanctions from the international community) by the Black majority as well as many White, Coloured and Indian South Africans.

Two philosophies originated in the new South Africa: ubuntu (the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity); and Gandhi’s notion of “passive resistance” (satyagraha), developed while he lived in South Africa. We hope you experience these philosophies at the Durban University of Technology.

Regular elections have been held for almost a century; however, black South African were only enfranchised in 1994. The economy of South Africa is the largest and best developed on the continent, with modern infrastructure common throughout the country.

South Africa is often referred to as the “The Rainbow Nation”, a term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and later adopted by then-President Nelson Mandela as a metaphor to describe the country’s newly-developing multicultural diversity in the wake of segregationist apartheid ideology. The country’s socially progressive policies are rare in Africa. By 2007, the country had joined Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Canada in extending the right of marriage to GLBT people.

South Africa was the host nation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It was the first time the tournament was held on the African continent.

Have a quick look at Durban. Video courtesy Durban Tourism.

Getting to DUT

The Durban University of Technology is a vibrant multi-campus tertiary level university at the cutting edge of higher education, technological training and research. It is committed to turning out highly skilled graduates who are equipped to meet the demands of the workplace and the special needs of a changing society. A period of compulsory work-integrated learning provides working experience during the course of students’ studies. Graduates are ready to make an active contribution in their chosen fields.

The Durban University of Technology offers a variety of full-time and part-time programmes leading to tertiary qualifications. These range from National Certificates (one year of full-time study) to National Higher Certificates (two years of full-time study) to National Diplomas (three years of full-time study) to Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor’s in Technology Degrees.

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has five campuses in Durban and two campuses in Pietermaritzburg located as follows (campus maps):

Durban: City Campus, Steve Biko Campus, ML Sultan Campus, Brickfield Campus and Ritson Campus.
Pietermaritzburg: Indumiso Campus (on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg) and Pietermaritzburg Campus.

Advanced equipment, modern technology, library services, student residences, career-guidance counselling, financial aid, computer-aided learning centres, health services, sports facilities and social clubs serve the main campuses. All campuses are accessible by public transport and provide a friendly environment in which to study.

Postgraduate applicants must contact the office of the Director: Postgraduate Development Support.