• Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery of South Africa. Keep an eye out for the Big Five (elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, and buffalo) that can be seen in local national parks and game lodges. Other iconic African wildlife like hippos, giraffes, cheetahs, and whales can also be spotted during your time abroad! 

• The vibrant University of Johannesburg offers an extensive range of classes for students, making it a great choice for students with broad interests or for those with specific class needs.   

• When you arrive, you will be whisked away from the airport to your new home by your on-campus contacts. To kick off your adventure, participate in a weeklong orientation that includes a city tour, workshops, and several excursions to local attractions like the Lion & Safari Park

• Discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of the people of Africa by visiting the nearby Lesedi Cultural Village, a world heritage site within the Cradle of Humankind. While there, check out the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, which runs a breeding program for endangered species including Bengal Tigers, Siberian Tigers, and the extremely rare White lion. 


Johannesburg (or Jo’burg or Jozi as it is lovingly referred to) is the ideal place to study abroad for a big-city experience paired with opportunities for outdoor adventures. In the city, have access to shopping, dining, nightlife, and world-class museums, including those that offer deep insight into South Africa's past (such as the Apartheid Museum). Outside of the city, explore a traditional village for a glimpse into local customs, or venture to a nature reserve for extraordinary natural landscapes and wildlife.  


Enjoy a single room in the on-campus residence hall which includes full furnishings, a fully equipped kitchen, and a bathroom. Laundry facilities are available on the premises or nearby. Braai (barbeque) facilities and recreation centers are available to encourage social integration with your peers on campus. 


On campus, you will find restaurants, coffee shops, cafeterias, and grocery stores for all your dining needs. Enjoy South African cuisine which is derived from the culinary traditions of its diverse population. Traditional foods include bunny chow (curry in a half-loaf of bread), samp (corn) and beans, bobotie (a curried mince dish of Malay origin), milk tart, koeksusters (sweet syrupy deep-fried twisted pastries) and biltong (salty dried meat). We recommend budgeting approximately $200 per month for meals.


There are many opportunities for international students to participate in extracurricular activities in one or more of the over 100 student clubs and societies. These cover a variety of topics including gaming, religion, sports, community service, and more. A popular experience is joining the UJ choir, which offers a fantastic opportunity to see the country and participate in campus life.  


Johannesburg’s location makes it ideal to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities including visits to any of the country’s seven World Heritage Sites: The Cradle of Humankind, The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, Robben Island, Ukhahlamba/Drakensberg Park, Mapungubwe, Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape, and the Cape Floral Kingdom. 


Quality sports opportunities are available on a competitive and recreational level at UJ. You will have access to state-of-the-art gym facilities and engaging sports clubs that focus on rugby, basketball, opportunities for students with disabilities, and more. For those with a more artistic side, there are opportunities to get involved with UJ arts and culture through participating in events, galleries, special projects, and more.  

What We Love About South Africa 

We love that one of the most diverse elements of South Africa are its people and their cultures. As a country with 11 official languages, namely Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga, you will discover how vibrant, colorful, and interesting life in South African can be. 

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Program Website

Course Description

Vibrant University of Johannesburg offers an extensive range of classes (modules) for students, making it a great choice if students are looking for a diverse class list. Noted for its strengths in science, technology, engineering and math, it is also a great option for STEM students. The chart below reflects some of the more popular classes (modules) students have taken in the past to help get you started. 

Credits Earned 

Programs of Study are called “Courses” and Classes are called “Modules”. Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn 72 NQF credits which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 16 U.S. Credit Hours.  

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

For specific departmental course details, please see the links in the Other Academic Conditions section below.

Sample Classes Available: 





International and Global Studies 





Social Sciences 


Addressing Neurodevelopmental Learning Needs 


Arms Control and International Security 


Business Management 


Intro to Translation Studies and the Practice of Translation 


Teaching Methodology and Practicum 


International Political Economy 


Management and Human Resources 


Positive Psychology 


Civil Technology 


Africa: Defining Moments and Themes 


Marketing Research 


Group Dynamics and Conflict Studies 


Education Studies 


Comparative Foreign Policy 


Financial Accounting 


African Philosophy 


School Guidance and Support 


Political Thought 




Introduction to Ethnography

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Quiamony Gaskins 703-504-9963 | Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Architecture

  • Area Studies

  • Biology

  • Business Recommended!

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Education Recommended!

  • Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • History

  • Human Services

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics

  • Physical Sciences

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences Recommended!


  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Design and Visual Communications Digital Arts Graphic Design

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 60
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

All students applying to study at the University of Johannesburg must complete a supplemental online application through the University of Johannesburg immediately following their placement. Information will be sent by the host university by email. 

All non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL/IELTS scores or a language proficiency report. 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Each class (module) is generally worth 18, 24 or 36 NQF credits.  Students may take up to a maximum of 4 modules per semester.   

Students should plan to commit 12-24 hours per module per week committed to the class (lecture, homework, readings, etc) for a 15-week semester. 1 NQF represents 10 hours of classwork for the semester. 

University of Johannesburg follows the Southern Hemisphere calendar. When searching for courses, be sure to search for courses using the correct parameters: First Semester (1A) is February to June; Second Semester (1B) is July to December. 

If you are considering studying for a full-year in South Africa, you should consider starting your program at the beginning of UJ’s academic year in February. 

Graduate students with the relevant qualifications and prerequisites are allowed into most graduate programs at UJ. Health Sciences are not open to any ISEP students. 

All students going to the University of Johannesburg must also purchase South African medical aid on arrival in the amount of approximately $200 USD for the semester. 

Semester dates typically run as follows:

Northern Hemisphere Fall (Semester 2)

Arrival and orientation: Second week of July

Courses start: Third week of July

Exams: Last two weeks of November

Northern Hemisphere Spring (Semester 1)

Arrival and orientation: Last week of January

Courses start: Second week of February

Exams: Month of June

Course Detail Links:

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

College of Business and Economics

Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Faculty of Humanities 

Faculty of Science

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