Online Universities in South Africa
Aside from going the traditional route via universities and colleges, South Africans have the option of taking online courses through MOOC. MOOC is an online education platform that offers courses in a variety of subjects through providers like Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn
Of the universities in South Africa, some are coming on board with the online trend. The following universities all offer fully online programs.
University of Cape Town – Learn How to Apply
The University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa and is one of the leading research universities on the continent. It has over 25,000 students and 30% of them are postgraduate students. While the university is a traditional institution and mainly on-campus, it does offer free online programs through the Coursera platform.
- Subjects offered: Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, and Science
- Tuition costs: Free
- Rankings: #114 in Best Global Universities and #1 in Best Global Universities in Africa
University of Witwatersrand – Learn How to Apply
Also referred to as WITS Language School, the University of Witwatersrand recognizes the desire to study online and started offering fully online and accredited short courses. The school prides itself on the fact that it is internationally distinguished for excellent research, high academic standards and commitment to social justice.
- Subjects offered: Management and Leadership, People and Communication, Marketing and Sales, Finance, IT and Digital, and Research Management
- Tuition costs: From R12,000 to R18,000 ($827 to $1,241) per course
- Rankings: #197 in Best Global Universities and #2 in Best Global Universities in Africa
University of Kwazulu Natal – Learn How to Apply
University of Kwazulu Natal is one of the largest, oldest and most transformed universities in sub-Saharan Africa and it’s a teaching and research-led university. The university has been around for nearly 110 years. Being a traditional university and new to the online world, there are a few online options.
- Subjects offered: The university offers a number of online courses in Visionary Leadership, Math, and Financial Literacy
- Tuition costs: R2,200 to R3,030 ($151 to $209) per course
- Rankings: #336 in Best Global Universities and #3 in Best Global Universities in Africa
Stellenbosch University – Learn How to Apply
Stellenbosch University, a public research institution, is recognized as being a frontrunner in research and academic excellence. There are over 29,000 students.
- Subjects offered: There are free online courses through the ClassCentral platform in Sports Coaching, Futurism and Business, and Teaching
- Tuition costs: Free
- Rankings: Rankings: #341 in Best Global Universities and #4 in Best Global Universities in Africa
Despite being a very new university, UJ prides itself on its accessible excellence. After only 11 years it established itself as an institution of global excellence, offering internationally recognised academic programs. There are 49,500 students.
- Subjects offered: Education, Public Health, Public Management, Accounting, Human Resources, Finance, and Logistics
- Tuition costs: R180 to R374 ($12 to $26) fer course credit
- Rankings: #397 in Best Global Universities and #5 in Best Global Universities in Africa