University of KwaZulu-Natal

University of KwaZulu-Natal

About University of KwaZulu-Natal

The University of KwaZulu-Natal was founded in January of 2004, when the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville united to form a new institution. The new university brings together two rich histories and the vision to continue its excellence in education.

The city of Durban is famous for its fine weather, breathtaking beaches and a buzzing cultural scene. Its unique mix of Zulu, Indian and European influences has generated several important arts and culture programs. The University hosts the highly regarded annual Durban International Film Festival as well as dance and music festivals that attract poets, and people from all over the world. The university itself has a significant international population. International students from over 70 countries enroll at UKZN every year.


Most students who study abroad are traditionally juniors. However, Millersville students can and do study abroad anytime after they have completed their first year or 24 credits. Students should complete an application one semester before wishing to go abroad. A minimum of a 2.0 GPA and two letters of recommendations from MU professors are also required. The Director of Global Education and Partnerships will then interview students and a selection will be made shortly after the interviews are completed.


The University of KwaZulu-Natal is made up of five campuses. Students will take courses and reside at Howard College campus located in Durban. Howard College mainly offers courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences but students may also find select department offerings in other subject areas.

KwaZulu-Natal offers classes from a wide selection of subjects:

Music, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Economic History, English Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, History, Humanities, Social Work, Criminology, Law, Community Development, Media/Communications & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Drama and Performance Studies, Marketing, Gender Studies, Development Studies, Management, Architecture,   Religion, Linguistics, Translation Studies, Engineering (Chemical, Civil, Land Surveying, Computer, Mechanical), Foreign Languages (German, French, Italian, Latin, IsiZulu, Spanish, and others)

Housing & Meals

Housing arrangements are made through the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Students will live in a dormitory-style complex in a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Students will live amongst other KwaZulu-Natal South African students and international program students.

Students will be provided a meal stipend by UKZN. With this stipend, students may then shop wherever they prefer to purchase foods of their choice. Students will have access to a kitchen facility in their living accommodations where they can prepare their meals. Aside from the university provided stipend, students are responsible for all meal costs.


Students may choose to study at UKZN for a semester or for a full academic year. The academic year begins in January and finishes in November. The first semester runs from late January to mid-June. The second semester begins at the end of July and finishes in mid-November.


Studying abroad requires a student to plan for both academic costs/fees and personal travel expenses. It is important to keep in mind the cost of living and currency exchange rates compared to costs associated with living in Millersville. For example, living in a large city will be more expensive than living in Millersville. However, in other areas of the world, the cost of living may be less. Traveling while you are abroad is an additional expense for which you must also plan for realistically. Always keep your travel plans in financial perspective. 

To help students plan for all academic costs, the Office of Global Education prepares cost worksheets for all official MU study abroad programs. These cost worksheets take into account all academic costs associated with studying abroad. Some of the amounts listed are estimated for budgeting purposes (airfare, meals, and living expenses); others are actual fees (tuition, passport fees, insurance, participation fees, etc.). Global Education does not provide estimates for additional personal travel.

Cost Worksheet(s):

Here is an estimated worksheet of costs for the Spring 2014 semester at UKZN- UKZN Fall 2015 Cost Worksheet [PDF]

Cost Overview:

Students pay MU tuition and the Millersville general and tech fees directly to Millersville. There is an additional non-refundable, non-transferable MU program participation fee and application fee paid directly to Millersville, due at the time of application. Housing is arranged and paid for separately; costs will vary by selection. Meals are the responsibility of the student. Students must also pay fees to UKZN and purchase South African health insurance, regardless of their primary insurance coverage.

These charges do not include passport and visa fees, airfare, books and supplies, possible medical vaccinations or incidental expenses such as laundry, personal travel or entertainment.

Funding Your Experience

Students should investigate loans that may be available, such as application for Federal Student Aid. Scholarships have individual regulations, and students should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if their scholarship is transferable. Another option is to research scholarships online or stop by our office for additional opportunities.

Please see Financial Considerations for more information.

Transfer of Credit

Students should work with their major/minor advisors to select courses which help them make academic progress. Courses may fit into their major(s), minor(s), and General Education requirements, where appropriate.  The Office of Global Education cannot provide academic advice or determine class equivalencies. 

After being accepted to study abroad, a Study Abroad Transfer of Credits Form and detailed instructions are  made available to students and must be completed before a student leaves. This form gives students and their major/minor departments the opportunity to determine potential course choices abroad and the MU equivalencies before departure.  With advisor, department, and The Office of Global Education approval, the Transfer of Credits Form can also be amended while abroad, should students choose to register for other classes that was not originally approved. 

After the study abroad program is completed and a transcript is sent to Millersville University, all courses taken will come back to Millersville as transfer credit. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog ("Transfer Credit") for details regarding Millersville University’s transfer policy.

To Apply

Refer to Global Education's home page at for the application release date and the final application deadline for each cycle. Approximate deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • Spring: mid-Sept
  • Fall: mid-February
  • Year-long: mid-February

Before downloading and submitting an application to study abroad through this program, students are STRONGLY encouraged to research the program thoroughly and discuss their plans with the Office of Global Education, their academic advisor(s) and any family members or other parties involved in the decision making process.

To apply, click on the following link to be directed to the "To Apply" webpage. Be sure to read all instructions before completing an application to study abroad: To Apply webpage