This site uses cookies to help deliver services. By using this site, you agree to the use of cookies.  Learn more Got it!
EMLYON Business School
 
Grenoble EM
 
ESADE Business School
 
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
 
ESSCA
 
Other names:
Rhodes University
Contact: +27 46 603 8111

Rhodes University, Grahamstown (RUG)

Admissions Office, Private Bag X1033, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa
3.73 / 5 based on 24 reviews.

Programmes
Accreditations
64% of students recommend
24 reviews
Housing
3.5/5
All experiences (24)
Student life
4.2/5
5 stars (12)
Academic
3.5/5
4 stars (0)
Languages
4.0/5
3 stars (12)
Expenses
3.2/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.2/5
1 star (0)
I went to South Africa with a very open mind. I was very determined to experience a lot and meet a lot of people. I tried hard to be out-going and open to new ideas. It was also important to me to not spend all of my time with people from my own country. I loved every minute I was there. I was only supposed to go for six months but I ended up staying a whole year. I made a lot of South African friends. I really felt like a South African university student. I also traveled a lot, I saw... Read Review
Boygabe, United States

24 reviews of Rhodes University, Grahamstown

PAGE: 1 2 3 4    NEXT »
1 to 1 of 4 
HOUSING    
by Gabriel, New York University, New York City, United States
History, Independent
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why? Living on campus is a great way to meet other students. Life revolves around the residence halls and dining halls. After I had met a lot of students, I would have preferred to live off-campus.
Personal comments:
I was completely satisfied with housing at Rhodes. Every student gets their own residence room. The rooms were pretty big, with all the furniture you needed, plus your own running water. Dining halls were located near by. My residence was in the middle of campus. I was in one of the bigger residences which was great because it was more social and I got to meet more people.
This review is the opinion of an iAgora member, and not of iAgora itself
Was this review useful?   Yes · No


STUDENT LIFE    
by Gabriel, New York University, New York City, United States
History, Independent
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Student life dominates the city
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
There are only a few bars in town and they are all fun. It depends on the crowd you like. There were a few coffee shops and cafes that were great to spend time at too.
This review is the opinion of an iAgora member, and not of iAgora itself
Was this review useful?   Yes · No


ACADEMIC    
by Gabriel, New York University, New York City, United States
History, Independent
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Study whatever you're interested in. However I used a lot of my open credits to study person interests, not classes for my degree at home. I really enjoyed learning South African history, art and literature at a South African university.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
none

This review is the opinion of an iAgora member, and not of iAgora itself
Was this review useful?   Yes · No


by Gabriel, New York University, New York City, United States
History, Independent
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Personal comments:
English is my native language, and Rhodes is an English speaking university so I had no language problems.
This review is the opinion of an iAgora member, and not of iAgora itself
Was this review useful?   Yes · No


EXPENSES    
by Gabriel, New York University, New York City, United States
History, Independent
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
None
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
My US$ were worth a lot in South Africa so it was inexpensive for me to be there.
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone, Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
I think the cheapest way to get money in South Africa is to keep your bank account from your home country. Then get an ATM card that lets you access your home bank account from South Africa. Then you avoid exchange charges.
This review is the opinion of an iAgora member, and not of iAgora itself
Was this review useful?   Yes · No


OVERALL    
by Gabriel, New York University, New York City, United States
History, Independent
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
Not really. I knew it would be a very independent adventure to go study in South Africa. I was glad that I didn't know anyone before I got to Rhodes. I had never even met the other Americans that were there. Be ready to be independent and outgoing, it is the only way to ensure you enjoy your time there.
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
I think this is one of the best English-speaking universities in South Africa to study at. In the U.S. I went to big university in a huge city. Grahamstown & Rhodes were a welcome change. They were smaller, with a tighter community. I didn't feel suffocated at all. I felt very at home at this university. The students were eager to get to know me, and overall I found everyone to be very friendly and helpful. Rhodes is a very social university, the students go out at night a lot, and travel a lot too. Grahamstown is a great location in terms of travelling around South Africa. The Eastern Cape is very beautiful. The nature setting is very diverse, and there are many different things to see right there in the home province. Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg are all a bus-ride away. Grahamstown was a great base from which to travel all over the country.



FINAL COMMENTS

I went to South Africa with a very open mind. I was very determined to experience a lot and meet a lot of people. I tried hard to be out-going and open to new ideas. It was also important to me to not spend all of my time with people from my own country. I loved every minute I was there. I was only supposed to go for six months but I ended up staying a whole year. I made a lot of South African friends. I really felt like a South African university student. I also traveled a lot, I saw most of the country, plus a few neighboring countries. South Africa is a wonderful, beautiful country. Grahamstown is a fun small college town with a good collection of people. I highly reccommend going here. Feel free to ask me any questions.
This review is the opinion of an iAgora member, and not of iAgora itself
Was this review useful?   Yes · No



 
More ways to globalise your CV
Work - Customer service...
Marketing - Munich
Spanish speakers
Studies - EMLYON - Lyon
276 reviews
84% say Good-Great
Languages - Kaplan I... - Sydney
2 reviews
100% recommend