Rhodes University

By |

Rhodes University

Rhodes University

Founded in 1904, Rhodes University has a well-established reputation for academic excellence. With just over 8200 students, Rhodes is a small University, which enjoys the distinction of having among the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa, outstanding postgraduate success rates, and the best research output per academic staff member. This is a testimony to the quality of students that Rhodes attracts and of academic provision, and to the commitment of Rhodes staff to student development and success.

The University is located in Grahamstown, about 550 miles from Cape Town, on the eastern cape of South Africa. RU was named after Cecil Rhodes. One of the university’s distinctive features is its tutorial system, modelled closely on those of Cambridge and Oxford universities. Students are assigned tutors and tutorial groups within academic departments.

Rhodes University takes pride in its motto, Where Leaders Learn and produces graduates who are knowledgeable intellectuals, skilled professionals, and critical, caring, and compassionate citizens who can contribute to economic and social development and an equitable, just and democratic society.

Accommodation is provided in one of the residence halls. Students may study at Grahamstown for either the spring semester or for an academic year.

Interested applicants who wish to study at RU In Grahamstown can read through this article to know the application deadline, application requirements and how to apply to the school.

READ: NWU Current Students

Courses Offered At Rhodes University

Rhodes University offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across various disciplines and qualifications. Below is a list of some common courses offered at Rhodes;


  • English Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Journalism and Media Studies
  • African Languages
  • Fine Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Psychology


  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Information Systems
  • Business Management
  • Financial Management


  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Physics and Electronics
  • Mathematics


  • Education
  • Education Leadership and Management

Health Sciences:

  • Pharmacy
  • Biomedical Science
  • Nursing

Rhodes University Application Requirements

Things to note before applying online to RU:

  1. You’ll need an email address to complete the application. Don’t have one? Get an email address first.
  2. South African applicants will need an ID number.  Foreign applicants will need their passport numbers.
  3. You will need to have registered for the NBTs before applying online.
  4. You will need to pay an application fee.
  5. Need accommodation?  Make sure you mark this on your application form.
  6. Remember to check faculty-specific requirements before applying.
  7. Please note: Postgraduate applicants can only apply online.

READ: North-West University Online Application (NWU)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *