Top Universities and Colleges in South Africa

Where do you find the best universities in the world? Well, pretty much anywhere - including South Africa! Cool, huh? In South Africa you can find plenty of top-ranked universities that take their rightful place next to some of the biggest international university names out there.

South Africa's universities, colleges, medical schools, engineering schools, and law schools are highly respected and well-known in the education and academic communities, and they continue to offer prestigious Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D programmes for smart, driven adventurers like you. Feel free to choose from some of the most competitive degrees in the best universities in South Africa.

Top Ranked Universities on PhDPortal

Universities Times Higher Education Ranking (2019) Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2018) TopUniversities Ranking (2020) U.S. News & World Report Ranking (2019)
156 301 198 114
201 201 400 197
301 401 427 341
401 - 801 336
601 - 501 397
601 401 551 427
601 - 801 720
- - 801 886
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University Rankings Explained

World University Rankings created by Times Higher Education takes into account the reputation of research done by universities and how often papers produced by universities were quoted around the world.

Academic Ranking of World Universities created by Shanghai Jiao Tong University focuses on the number of award-winning scientists, most cited researchers from the listed universities, and their contribution to the scientific community.

QS World University Rankings created by TopUniversities surveys a large number of academic experts about the reputation of universities and also measures the quality of teaching.

Best Global Universities Rankings created by U.S. News & World Report analyses university graduation rates and how many students remain enrolled in their second year of studies. It also surveys university representatives on the performance of universities.

Study in South Africa

The Republic of South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa. It has the strongest economy in Africa, and has an internationally strong higher education system. Its executive capital is Pretoria, though Bloemfontein is it�s judicial capital and Cape Town is the legislative capital. The largest city is Johannesburg.

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