The International Education and Partnerships (IEP) directorate supports the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in its drive towards becoming a globally positioned University of Technology.

IEP encourages internationalisation by highlighting activities in our departments to international and potential partners, viz. universities, industry, embassies, consulates, Government departments and international agencies, and through this, to promote the image of the institution as a reputable, leading University of Technology in Africa within a dynamic global context.

Our key focus activities:

  • To develop partnerships with other Universities internationally;
  • To enrol high quality international students for study at DUT, especially from the South African Development Community region;
  • To service our international partnerships efficiently;
  • To assist short-term and long-term international students to have a positive experience at DUT;
  • To provide pastoral support to our international students;
  • To provide logistical support to international visitors, scholars and students. This includes immigration requirements, medical and visa information, students welfare and advice on acceptability of foreign qualifications;
  • To work with academic departments to identify suitable international partners that will promote teaching innovation, learning and research.



  • Airport Services for arriving international students.
  • Help with the renewal of Study permits and Visas.
  • Facilitate the provision of Medical Aid to International Students.
  • Recruiting of International students in the South African Development Community region as well as globally.
  • Attend to International Students matters throughout the year.
  • Assist Refugee students with their special needs.

The Durban University of Technology can be found in Durban and Pietermaritzburg in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Durban is located at the southern tip of the African continent. Pietermaritzburg is the capital of Kwa-Zulu Natal and is 90 kilometres inland from Durban.

The Durban University of Technology is a vibrant University which provides quality education. International students registering at our university will receive a worldclass qualification  within a student centred environment.


About DUT

The Durban University of Technology is a vibrant multi-campus tertiary level university at the cutting edge of higher education, technological training and research.  It is committed to turning out highly skilled graduates who are equipped to meet the demands of the workplace and special needs of a changing society.  A period compulsory work-integrated learning for undergraduate students provides working experience during the course of students’ studies.  Graduates are ready to make an active contribution in their chosen fields.

The Durban University of Technology offers a variety of full-time and part-time programmes leading to tertiary qualifications.  These range from National Certificates (one year of full-time study) to National Higher Certificates (two years of full-time study) to National Diplomas (three years of full-time study), to Bachelor’s degrees (3 or 4 years of full-time study), Masters and Doctoral degrees.

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has five campuses in Durban and two campuses in Pietermaritzburg located as follows (campus maps (/maps)):


City Campus City Campus
Steve Biko Campus Steve Biko Campus
ML Sultan Campus ML Sultan
Ritson Campus Ritson Campus
Brickfield Campus. Brickfield Campus

Pietermaritzburg: Indumiso Campus and Riverside Campus.

Advanced equipment, modern technology, library services, student residences, career-guidance counselling, financial aid, computer-aided learning centres, health services, sports facilities and social clubs serve the main campuses.  All campuses are accessible by public transport and provide a friendly environment in which to study.


DUT is one of ten partners on the iKUDU Project, which is an EU-funded Capacity Building in Higher (CBHE) Education Project. The project’s purpose is to develop a contextualised concept of Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC) together with Cooperative Online International Learning (COIL) virtual exchanges, in South Africa. This will allow the SA ‘partner universities to become the country’s leading HEIs in IoC, curriculum transformation and COIL virtual exchanges’. This project is coordinated by the University of the Free State and the University of Antwerp.

The iKUDU partners:

1.      University of the Free State, South Africa (coordinator);

2.      University of Antwerp, Belgium (co-coordinator);

3.      University of Siena, Italy;

4.      Coventry University, UK;

5.      The Hague University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands;

6.      Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands;

7.      Central University of Technology, South Africa;

8.      Durban University of Technology, South Africa;

9.      University of Limpopo, South Africa;

10.   University of Venda, South Africa

For more information about the iKUDU project, click here –