Exchange/Study Abroad at Rhodes
Are you interested in completing a semester- or year-long Exchange Programme at Rhodes University? If you are, then you are at the right place!
If you are a Rhodes student wishing to go on exchange, please click here.
Rhodes University is a prestigious academic institution which regularly plays host to visiting international students. Rhodes University offers a wide range of subjects, with easy access to lecturers and tutors. Situated in the heart of South Africa's Eastern Cape, students at the University have abundant opportunities to see South African big game, visit pristine beaches and get involved in fulfilling community development programmes.
If you are interested in doing an exchange programme at Rhodes University, the International Office is here to facilitate your stay at Rhodes. Please note that we give preference to students from our official partner institutions, but do not hesitate to contact us if you are not from one of these institutions and would like to spend time studying at Rhodes University.
Please download the Exchange/Study Abroad Procedure to Rhodes University.
- First Semester (February - June): 15th October
- Second Semester (July - November): 15th March
How to go about applying
Browse the full list of courses offered at Rhodes. Please note that not all courses are open to exchange and study abroad students, and acceptance into each course is not automatic.
Make sure you are in possession of a passport, which will not expire until at least 6 months after the exchange and check visa requirements for your country.
Download the Application for Incoming Exchange & Study Abroad Students. Complete the form and post it to us, together with the supporting documents stated on the form. (Click here for the postal address.)
Kindly take note of general information concerning all international students.
All students need to apply for a SOUTH AFRICAN medical aid that is registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act. Rhodes University has appointed ABSA Health Care Consultants to assist international students with all queries relating to appropriate medical cover and membership renewal for the period of study. This service will be at no additional cost to either the student or the university.
Contact: ABSA Health Care Consultants
* Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Tel: 0860 100 380 (while in South Africa: 08h00 - 16h30)
You may well be able to secure a study visa with a different medical aid scheme, but Rhodes University will NOT accept these and you will be unable to register. Students must apply for medical cover via ABSA Health Care Consultants.
For more information on Medical cover, please see here.
For valuable information regarding Rhodes University and Grahamstown, please read the Orientation Booklet 2014 Semester 1.
For an approximation of costs while at Rhodes (excluding travel costs, visa costs, and any excursions taken while in South Africa), please see the Student Fees Website.
If you have further questions, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Exchange and Study Abroad Experiences
"I really really enjoyed this program a lot. I had a friend ask me what I learned while I was here. I answered that I have learned so much. Academically the classes were all inspiring and insightful. Socially I enjoyed the challenge of meeting new people, but the security of similar settings. And culturally, well, WOW! I really love Grahamstown and South Africa now and am very sad to be leaving."
- Brendan Ruddy, Boston College junior, on exchange at Rhodes, 2005.
Please read more past Exchange and Study Abroad stories.