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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Full
College: Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Walker College of Business Class Standing: 2nd Semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Description:
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Study in South Africa for a Semester or Year!


The University of Johannesburg came into existence in 2005 as the result of a merger between several universities. In this short period UJ has grown to an internationally recognized university with a student population of over 48,000 students. Noted for strength in the STEM fields, UJ also offers a wide range of courses in other field of studies.


The bustling metropolis of Joburg, or Jozi as some prefer to call it, is South Africa’s economic and cultural hub. From the museums and gardens to the varied restaurants and street entrepreneurs Johannesburg has something to offer all visitors.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Late July to Early December (Semester 2 in South Africa)
  • Spring Semester: Early February to Mid June (Semester 1 in South Africa)


Students attending UJ will be placed in university housing either in single or double accommodations with shared bathrooms.

As UJ is a full exchange program students will pay the Full Exchange Program Fee to Appalachian. UJ will cover the housing costs and provide a meal stipend to students during the program.

For more information about housing please visit UJ’s accommodation web page.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
App Tuition & Fees based on your residency
Housing & Meals Full Exchange Fee
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1400 - $2000  $1400 - $2000 
1Additional Meals $100 - $200 $200 - $400
2Personal Expenses $900 - $1800 $1800 - $3600
Books and Materials $100 - $200 $200 - $400
Local Transportation $200 - $400 $400 - $800
3Required SA Health Insurance $137 $265
4Visa (for US Citizens) $135 $135
Travel to NY Consulate for Visa (NC Residents) $200 - $300 $200 - $300
Passport $150 $150
5US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
6Personal Travel and Spending $800 - $1500 $1600 - $3000
1Students will receive a meal stipend in South Africa but may want to budget for a few additional meals when not on campus and for when they first arrive.
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
3SA insurance is required by the government for student visas;
4Visa estimate includes the cost of the FBI report. 
5Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester. 
6Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.

Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: FallSpring, Academic Year.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


UJ organizes courses by faculty. A listing of all faculty can be found on the International Students web page. To search for specific course offerings please visit each faculty page.

Art, Design, and Architecture - click on the Rules and Regulations link.

College of Business and Economics - click on the Undergraduate Yearbook link.

Education - click on Noticeboard and then the Rules and Regulations link. 

Engineering and the Built Environment - in the Quick Links at the bottom of the page click on the Undergraduate Yearbook link.

Health Sciences - click on the Courses and Programmes and then on the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Yearbook link.

Humanities - in the Important Information section at the bottom of the page click on the Undergraduate Yearbook link.

Law - click on the Faculty Regulations link. 

Science - in the Students Information section at the bottom of the page click on Yearbooks and then on the two Undergraduate Yearbook links.

When exploring these documents the individual course offerings will be listed from the 2nd half on of the PDF document. Please be sure to check to see if the course is a full year or a semester only option. Students attending UJ for 1 semester may be able to take half of a full year course but this may not be determined until after a student arrives in South Africa.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the UJ program will be required to enroll in 72 NQF credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.