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University of Natal (NU)

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3.82 / 5 based on 23 reviews
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It was very enlightening and  the learning experience was so interactive.
Rutendo J
South Africa, Graduate
Sociology
Overall
My time at UKZN was the busiest I have ever been but also the most rewarding. The lecturers were hands on and passionate about their subject matter, they also took time to ensure that I understood the material we were covering. The lecturers in the sociology department were sensitive and yet pushed us to our highest potential. The courses offered were good and far reaching but I think they could add more courses to give more variety to the curriculum. The University in itself is a friendly environment where as peers we were encouraged to interact and share ideas.  After my honours degree I felt like I had learnt so much and I would recommend this university to any one who wants to not only gain a degree but also a positive life experience.
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Pros
It was challenging and mentally stimulating
Cons
They was not enough variety of courses within the curriculum.
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Graham S
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, United States
Anthropology, Undergraduate, InterStudy
Overall
I wish I had known...
Not really, although some of the things that I have discussed in earlier sections would have been nice to know before going.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
The academics are not as good as in America (from the perspective of a private university student). However, the people, the food, the weather, the attractions, the animals, the languages, and the overall atmosphere of the place more than make up for the academic shortfalls. Put simply, I learned more while in South Africa to advance my personal and academic lives than I ever could have in one semester at my home university.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
South Africa is a dream come true for an anthropologist. There is such a ridiculous array of cultures, foods and ideas that it is often difficult not to lose oneself in the maelstrom that is Durban. Also, for those interested in animals and ecology, South Africa is one of the few places on Earth with a lot of natural, preserved areas. I had many encounters with exotic wildlife both in the city and outside of it. The best way to experience all that the country has to offer is to travel as much as possible. Finally, the best thing to do for yourself when immersed in a new culture is to relax and take cues from others. Africans are generally garrulous and kind people, but you'll have a much easier time of meeting people if you simply be yourself, learn the native customs and pleasantries, and understand what should and should not be said. While Africans are mostly nice people, there are many social taboos that you will not notice at first. Instead of sticking your foot in your mouth, take a while to watch and feel out how social interactions occur among native students. This not only applies to black Africans but also to whites, Muslims, and people of Indian descent. Each culture, no matter how familiar it may seem at first, has distinctive traits that could get you into trouble if you are not cautious about your actions and speech at first. This is meant as a polemic against ethnocentrism as well as a warning about how dangerous South Africa really is. KwaZulu-Natal has extreme poverty, class disparity, and nearly the highest AIDS rate anywhere in the world. South Africa as a nation is one of the most dangerous countries on Earth according to the UN. Therefore, in order to protect yourself it is of the utmost importance to become culturally sensitive towards the new groups that you will be meeting.
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Master degree of Applied Sciences in Chemistry
Charles G
South Africa, Graduate
Chemistry
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My research was based on the characterization of lignin yields from sugarcane bagasse pellets using two environmental friendly methods: liquid hot water and ionic liquids.
I started the first part of my research ( liquid hot water ) in Germany ( Tuhh). 
Through this research I was exposed to different instruments and techniques in the laboratory.
I worked very hard. I learnt from this research how to work within the research team.
This research was successfully. The outcome of this work is the different national and international conferences I did attend to present my results.
The research work will assist to valorize the sugarcane bagasse residue .
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Pros
Durban university of Technology really gives students opportunities
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Master degree of Applied Sciences in Chemistry
Charles G
South Africa, Graduate
Chemistry
Overall
My research was based on the characterization of lignin yields from sugarcane bagasse pellets using two environmental friendly methods: liquid hot water and ionic liquids.
I started the first part of my research ( liquid hot water ) in Germany ( Tuhh). 
Through this research I was exposed to different instruments and techniques in the laboratory.
I worked very hard. I learnt from this research how to work within the research team.
This research was successfully. The outcome of this work is the different national and international conferences I did attend to present my results.
The research work will assist to valorize the sugarcane bagasse residue .
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Pros
Durban university of Technology really gives students opportunities
Cons
The university facilities really help to archive your goal
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Great university
Tinashe V
Zimbabwe, Undergraduate
Economics
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The Pietermaritzburg campus, which is where I studied, is pretty dull if you are looking to party but it is however a conducive environment to study in and is highly recommended. The lecturers are very approachable if you need help with the course material etc. The student residences are okay but more can be done to make them great and feel more homey. The administration offices can sometimes lack urgency but overall they do their best to help students.
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Pros
If you are focused you'll definitely get your degree in record time.
Cons
Outside the university walls there's a huge language so you will have to learn the native language (conversational) to get by.
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esthers
Laurea Polytechnic, Leppävaara Institute(EVAMK), Espoo, Finland
Fine Art (Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking), Undergraduate, Independent
Overall
I wish I had known...
no
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
4
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
Encourage students to attend lectures in the first semester
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
2
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
no
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