Joint-Degree Process

The Office for International Affairs through the International Partnerships Portfolio is the administrator of joint degrees at the UFS. The office is responsible to give advice and assist in the registration processes of the degree. 

What is a joint degree?

A joint degree is an academic qualification where a student would register in two different universities at the same time doing one qualification. The home university will then after completion issue a joint-degree certificate signed by the rectors of both universities with logos of both universities attached to the certificate.

How do I conduct my studies in a joint-degree setting?

There is joint supervision, as such the student is expected to spend at one-third of their time in the host university and the rest at their home university.

Do I expected to pay tuition fees in both universities?

The student will only pay tuition fees to their home university and the host university will waive the tuition cost.

How do I enrol for joint degrees?

Since it is a joint degree, it is expected that the student, promoter, and/or the department concerned identify the potential supervisor in the university with which they would like to partner. Once the conversation has been started with the potential promoter, the OIA will then come on board and support the processes.

Can the OIA initiate joint degree on my behalf?

No, the OIA would not have an idea which university is the best in your field. OIA can only offer advice and administrative support.

Who is eligible for joint degree?

The UFS offers joint degree at PhD level; however, in exceptional circumstances, a master’s degree can be offered as well.

For more info contact:

Mr Kagiso Ngake
+27 51 401 2104

Mr Zenzele Mdletshe
+27 51 401 9027

For UFS national and international partner universities please click here

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