The Top 8 Universities in South Africa in 2017

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Despite the nationwide #FeesMustFall protest action at South African universities in 2015 and 2016, South African Universities are still ranked as the best universities in Africa and some are ranked amongst the top in the world, with two South African universities, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of Witwatersrand (WITS) ranked in the top 200 universities in the world at positions 148 and 182 respectively (Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2016-2017). These ranking are based on the following metrics: research, teaching, research influence, industry income and international outlook.
                                                         
Students from all over Africa flood to South African universities to gain a top quality education and for a multicultural, multiracial environment provided by South African tertiary institutions. Students from overseas as well apply to study in South Africa mostly as semester abroad students but coming to study in South Africa for the full term of your degree could be a way to get a top degree recognised in many countries of the world for a fraction of the price as university fees are ridiculous in America and Europe. The facts mentioned above make it very competitive to find a spot at a top South African university, not only for international students but students from South Africa as there are limited undergraduate spots every year at South African universities.

 The best Universities in South Africa by rank:

Only 8 South African Universities made it in the top 980 Universities in the world, I will give the world rank in brackets.
 best university in africa

Western Cape Province
Founded in 1829
26000 Students
2nd best university in africa

Gauteng
Founded in 1896
33000 students
3rd best university in south africa

Western Cape
Founded in 1918
28 000 students
4th best university in south africa

Kwa-Zulu Natal
Founded in 2004
38000 students
best universities in south africa

Gauteng
Founded 2005
48000 students
top african universities

Gauteng
Founded 1908
62000 students
top south african universities

Western Cape
Founded 1959
21000 students

top distance learning university

Branches all over the country but main campus is in Pretoria
Founded 1873
336 000 students (distance learning)


As you can see South Africa has beautiful top Class universities, and they are located in different parts of the country, there are Nine Beautiful Provinces, 3 coastal provinces so you are spoilt for choice. Other notable universities in South Africa are the University of the Free State and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and North-West University (NWU).

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