The University of KwaZulu-Natal was founded in January of 2004, when the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville united to form a new institution. The new university brings together two rich histories and the vision to continue its excellence in education.
The city of Durban is famous for its fine weather, breathtaking beaches and a buzzing cultural scene. Its unique mix of Zulu, Indian and European influences has generated several important arts and culture programs. The University hosts the highly regarded annual Durban International Film Festival as well as dance and music festivals that attract poets, and people from all over the world. The university itself has a significant international population. International students from over 70 countries enroll at UKZN every year.
Students may choose to study at UKZN for a semester or for a full academic year. The academic year begins in January and finishes in November.
Spring Semester (The first semester at UKZN):
late January to mid-June.
Fall semester (The second semester a tUKZN):
end of July to mid-November.
Housing arrangements are made through the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Students will live in a dormitory-style complex in a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Students will live amongst other KwaZulu-Natal South African students and international program students.
There are several dormitories in Howard College. Exchange students generally live in either John Bews, an all-girls dorm, or Mabel Palmer, a co-ed dorm. In Mabel Palmer, the females live on one side of the building and the males live on the other side and a wall dividing the two. Each dormitory is protected by a locked, turn-style gate that only one person can enter or exit at a time. Students use their UKZN school ID card to swipe open the gate for their particular dorms. Each student’s ID card is programmed to open only his or her dormitory and no other as is the same at MU. In Mabel Palmer, the females’ side of the dorm is secured by a second locked gate which only those residents can open.
From approximately 8:30am to 4:30 in the afternoon, there are a multitude of different places where students can buy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There is a small shop next to the Student Union building where students can buy pastries, drinks, and sandwiches. Also, located within the Howard College building, there is a small café that makes desserts, drinks, sandwiches, and various other treats and meals.
You can find numerous food carts located around the campus (especially on the front lawn of the Howard College building and at the foot of the Shepstone building) where students can buy vegetarian food, burgers, hotdogs, snacks, and Indian food.
If you are looking for a place to eat after the various carts, cafes, and shops have closed on-campus, you can find, directly across the street from Gate 4 (the gate closest to the dormitories), four different restaurants: Nandos (which makes Portuguese food), Steers (a burger place), KFC, and Debonairs (a pizza place).
There are also multiple grocery stores close to campus for you to purchase food to cook in the dormitories.
Students will be provided a meal stipend by UKZN. With this stipend, students may then shop wherever they prefer to purchase foods of their choice. Students will have access to a kitchen facility in their living accommodations where they can prepare their meals. Aside from the university provided stipend, students are responsible for all meal costs.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal is made up of five campuses. Students will take courses and reside at Howard College campus located in Durban. Howard College mainly offers courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences but students may also find select department offerings in other subject areas.
KwaZulu-Natal offers classes from a wide selection of subjects: Music, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Economic History, English Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, History, Humanities, Social Work, Criminology, Law, Community Development, Media/Communications & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Drama and Performance Studies, Marketing, Gender Studies, Development Studies, Management, Architecture, Religion, Linguistics, Translation Studies, Engineering (Chemical, Civil, Land Surveying, Computer, Mechanical), Foreign Languages (German, French, Italian, Latin, IsiZulu, Spanish, and others)
The exams given at UKZN are very similar to the exams that are given in the United States. Some professors give exams and quizzes throughout the semester, while some professors give only one or two exams the entire semester; some professors distribute essay exams while some give out multiple choice tests; some professors require several papers be written throughout the course of the semester, while other professors only require one or two papers to be written.