Why Exchange

Rhodes University recognises the extent to which the members of our International community and the connectivity we have with them enrich the institution. The University appreciates the diversity of cultures that this connectivity brings with every visiting student, and it is for this reason, amongst many, that we value the student exchange and study abroad programmes that we currently have in place. Every year Rhodes University opens its doors wide and connects with Universities in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America to give Rhodes students and students from our partner Universities the opportunity to read the world book and hopefully write their own chapter.



An exchange programme offers Rhodes student the opportunity to attend a partner institution for the duration of an academic semester. Students will be exempt from attending Rhodes University for the full equivalent semester, i.e. February - June or July – November.



While on exchange at the host institution, students will be expected to register for and complete a number of Rhodes University, faculty approved courses, in furtherance of their degrees at Rhodes University. Upon their return, the approved courses successfully completed while on exchange will be incorporated into the student's Rhodes University academic transcript. Exchange students will not be eligible for a degree at their host institution while on exchange.

Choosing a Destination

Two things should determine your choice of destination:

  1. Course content and credits – during an exchange programme, you must attain credits for all the subjects that you are taking at Rhodes. It is imperative that you take courses abroad that are approved by the relevant Heads of Department at Rhodes. Some destinations are only viable for students taking certain subjects (e.g. Commerce Students) and some degrees (LLB) and subjects (Law) have strict limitations on where you go. Be sure to consult with your Head(s) of Department when deciding where to go. In certain cases, the International Office will advise you against going on exchange if it will negatively impact on your study path.
  2. Financial implications – all exchange programmes cost extra, but some cost more than others. Be sure that you know what expenses you will be expected to cover when going on exchange. If you are uncertain, visit the universities’ websites and talk to the international officer at Rhodes.

For a complete list of all our current partner institutions, see the Exchange Handbook 2017-2018


Please feel free to come and speak to us at the International Office between 08:30 – 16:30 on Monday to Friday.

Tel: 046 603 8217 or email internationaloffice@ru.ac.za

Last Modified: Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:29:24 SAST