South Africa, University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria (UP) was founded in 1908 as a subsidiary of the Transvaal University College in Johannesburg. Today the University is the largest in South Africa, with 9 faculties and 1 institute, which was expanded from 1917 to 1919 (the Faculty of Business Administration and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). The UP offers its almost 50,000 students the choice between 130 Bachelor / Diploma courses and more than 1300 additional courses (masters, etc.). The University boasts Nelson Mandela as one of its honorary doctors. The UP has seven campuses located in and around the capital, Pretoria. The main campus, Hatfield, has six faculties, whereas the Sandton campus houses the GIBS. Additionally, the university has a separate sport science institution, as well as various other sport facilities.

The Department of Economics has a number of research areas/faculties including:

  • Accounting Sciences, Financial Sciences, Investment Management
  • Business Management, HRM, Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing, Supply Chain Management
  • Economics
  • Informatics
  • Statistics, Econometrics
  • Law
  • Argibusiness Management

Given that the cooperation with the University of Pretoria is conducted on a departmental level, only master students of the Economics Department (International Economics/Development Economics) with a focus on development economics are eligible to apply for this exchange programme.

University University of Pretoria
City Pretoria
Population ca. 742,000
Suitable for Master Students of economics with a focus on development economics
No. of Students ca. 50.000
Academic year

1st Semester: January - June

2nd Semester: July - December

Required Language skills Business English C1
Language of instruction English
Helpful Links

Fact Sheet 2021/22

Application process

  • 1. Apply at the Study Abroad Advisory team:
    Until the 15th of Jan for the following winter semester
    Until the 15th of June for the following summer semester
    Application documents are only available online during the application period under this URL.
  • 2. If your application is successful you will be nominated as a suitable candidate at the host university.
  • 3. Please note that you must conduct the enrolment process yourself at the host university. Also take note of any additional application deadlines.
  • 4. Some points to consider when starting your travel arrangements:

    • International travel insurance
    • Credit approval procedures
    • Possible visa application
    • Book flights
    • Etc.

Application documents

Deadlines & Application documents

Experience reports (in German)

New: WiSe 2022/23

WiSe 2018/19 I; WiSe 2018/19 II

SoSe 2018 I; SoSe 2018 II

WiSe 2017/18 I; WiSe 2017/18 II