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Tuition fees for SA universities compared


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BusinessTech provides a snapshot of the tuition fees for five of South Africa’s top universities in 2014. Five South African universities feature in the list of top 100 universities in the Brics and emerging markets.

This is according to the annual Times Higher Education Brics and Emerging Markets Rankings for 2014.

BusinessTech looks at the 2014 tuition fees at these universities, and how they compare to some of the top institutions, for the following undergraduate degrees:

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom);

Bachelor of Arts (BA);

Bachelor of Science (BSc);

Bachelor of Law (LLB, undergraduate);

Bachelor of Science/Engineering (BEng).


Typical residence accommodation at Stellenbosch University amounts to between R28,690 – R37,850 for a single, excluding meals, with double room occupants paying about R22,790.

At UP,  residence accommodation starts at R29,700 for a single room, going up to R48,700, while a double room costs between R27,500 – R29,700 in 2014.

According to Bloomberg, Yale University’s undergraduate tuition, room and board would cost $59,800 in 2014-2015, with tuition at $45,800.

Global universities

In September 2013, QS, a global career and education network, provided a list of ‘Tuition Fees at the World’s Top Universities’ listing the University of Chicago at $45,324. It put Yale University second at $43,100, with Stanford University at $42,690 annually.

Top UK universities were far cheaper, with Oxford and Cambridge costing about $14,000 each.

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