Here’s What Popular Degrees Cost at South African Universities
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- The cost of some degrees at South African universities varies widely.
- Various factors influence what you will pay, including the prestige, location and specialization of the institution.
- Popular bachelor’s degrees like BA and BCom vary up to Rand 30,000 depending on where you choose to study.
- Here’s how much freshman studies cost at some of the nation’s top universities.
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While there are many factors to consider in addition to cost when choosing a higher education institution, it is a crucial starting point for many. The cost of studying for a bachelor’s degree at South African universities varies widely. And how much you pay for your studies depends mainly on the courses you choose, what qualification you will get and where you decide to study.
Fees for similar degrees at different institutions can vary widely, and costs often depend on global recognition and accolades, including materials and excursions, specializations, and location.
A university known for its courses in a particular field, such as journalism, medicine, or law, may also charge a higher price for them, with other less popular courses being cheaper than its competitors. But generally speaking, some universities are also just more expensive than others – even if they are in the same city.
The first year of study for a Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of the Western Cape, for example, costs up to R30,000 cheaper than neighboring Cape Town University.
Fees for first-year studies in other degrees also vary widely.
The first-year law degree fees vary up to Rand 25,000 depending on where you choose to study. And there is a difference of R30,000 between the cheapest and the most expensive first-year medical degrees.
Identifying the total cost of first year studies is also complex. Universities in South Africa tend to publish their rates slightly differently from each other. Some offer an estimated range, some quotes by course or stream, and others exclude various fees in their published estimates. There are other costs like application fees, course materials, and residence fees that students will need to consider as well.
The cost of the full degree also varies. But in general, most universities charge roughly the same price for subsequent years of study, depending on the institution and the course.
Here’s how the estimated fees for popular degrees vary at some of the country’s top universities: