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Why YOU Should Go on Exchange Through the Rhodes International Office:

  • It's a great way to see the world.
  • Going on exchange gives you access to different perspectives on your chosen study path.
  • You get to meet experts from around the world.
  • You get to make friends and contacts for life!

What you need to know:

  • The Rhodes International Office handles ALL undergraduate international exchange programmes.
  • Exchange programmes tend to run for 1 semester.
  • While abroad, you will take classes that contribute to your Rhodes courses. It's important to check with you Head of Department before going on exchange that they are prepared to accept courses from your chosen university.
  • It is your responsibility to book aeroplane tickets and to pay for your visa.

There are three types of exchange:

  • Half Exchange: You pay Rhodes fees for tuition but must pay for your own accommodation at the host institution.
  • Study Abroad Programme: Your Rhodes fees are waived for the semester abroad, but you pay the semester's fees to teh host institution at their rates.
  • Full Exchange: You pay Rhodes fees for accommodation and tuition and get the same on the other side.

To find out more about our partners and the types of exchange available, please have a look at ourwebsite or contact Ms. Tlamelo Mothudi on t.mothudi@ru.ac.za

Or check out our Exchange Handbook 2016-2017.

If you are a Law student, please see which programmes are available to you here.

Important Dates

Rhodents on Exchange programme:

Applications open from: 20 May 2016

Closing date for applications for Semester 1 AND 2, 2017: 29 July 2016

Applications for these exchange programmes will be carefully screened by a selection committee and academic excellence is a strong criterion for acceptance.

What We Need from You:

  • Academic excellence - you must have good results, with no fail marks to your name.
  • Leadership/Community Engagement experience - While this is not necessary, it will definitely strengthen your chances of being selected!
  • Curiosity and a willingness to learn and engage in a new enviroment.
  • A valid passport.
  • Confirmation from your Heads of Department that you have spoken to them about going abroad.
  • Two reference letters from academics who know your work.
  • A motivation letter.
  • Your up-to-date CV.


Fill out our Application for Exchange Admission 2017

And drop it off at the International Office in Eden Grove Building.

Is there financial assistance available?

In all Exchange Programmes we offer, you will pay tuition to Rhodes and not have to pay Tuition to the host university. In many of the programmes, your accommodation abroad is covered by you paying for Rhodes Residence for the semester that you're on exchange. 

However, going on exchange does require that you pay for:

  • Airfare
  • The required medical aid
  • Visa/Study Permit Costs
  • Additional living/travelling expenses

You should look at spending at least R25 000 to R40 000 extra per semester abroad. 

In order to cover this cost, we suggest that you:

  • Plan ahead and save, and
  • Approach the International Officer about possible financing plans for exchange programmes in the countries you are interested in.

Please see our Financial Assistance Policy in Pdf here: Financial Assistance Policy

Why go on an international exchange?

 This is what an exchange student had to say about her experience:

"It began as just an idea. Mr Barker announced to the third year law class that there was a possibility of an exchange to a university in the United Kingdom. I didn't know where Leicester was or what I wanted to do in 2005 but I liked the idea of studying at a foreign university. I decided to take the chance and apply. It ended as one of the most rewarding and unique experiences of my life. For the past four months I have been studying law at Leicester University and loving every second of it."

- Nicola Palmer, Rhodes LLB student, on exchange at Leicester University, 2005.

What happens next?

The Selection Committee then meets to shortlist students.  Students on the shortlist are invited to be interviewed by the Selection Committee, whereafter final selection is made by Rhodes.  The successful students' applications are then forwarded to the various host institutions for their consideration.  Please note that academic acceptance by the host institution is not automatic.  Before embarking on an exchange, Rhodes students must have obtained approval from the appropriate Head of Department and the Dean of the Faculty at Rhodes for the inclusion of the proposed transfer credit from the host institution in their Rhodes University degree structure.  This approval must be facilitated through the International Office.  Rhodes students are required to spend one semester at the host institution.

Wait, I want to come on exchange to Rhodes...

International students who want to come to Rhodes either as exchange students or as study abroad students can find the relevant information on the International Exchange/Study Abroad Students page.


Last Modified :Fri, 19 May 2017 11:01:25 SAST