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Postgraduate Studies

A substantial portion of postgraduate students studying under the UFS banner is from countries outside South Africa. The growth in doctoral students is fairly stable, but postdoctoral students show a strong increase. International postdoctoral students doubled over the last five years. 

(* Doesn’t reflect the full year)

                       South African     International

2011                       1842                       388
2012                       1613                       313
2013                       1600                       322
2014                       1654                       266
*2015                      1513                      160


The honours students are mainly from neighbouring Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe. A constant stream of students is also coming from countries outside Africa, namely China, Korea, the Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the USA.

                    South African    International

2011                       1962                       474
2012                       1921                       380
2013                       1868                       407
2014                       1891                       411
*2015                      1702                       336 


The biggest contingent of international students studying towards their Master’s degrees is from Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Outside Africa, countries such as Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, the USA and the UK are also represented.

                    South African    International

2011                       458                         113
2012                       444                         114
2013                       461                         126
2014                       525                         158
*2015                      447                         144


Doctoral students are from even a wider spectre of countries. Among them are Bangladesh, Canada, China, El Salvador, France, Germany, Grenada, India, Israel, Korea, Malta, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the USA and the UK.

Postdoctoral students 

                    South Africa   International
2011                       14           19
2012                       18           25
2013                       17           47
2014                       25           50

Postdoctoral students

Some postdoctoral students (not mentioned before) originate from countries such as Argentina, Cameroon, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Peru, Poland, Vietnam and Yugoslavia.

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