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South Africa

St Mary's University warmly welcomes students from South Africa.

St Mary's has a lively and diverse student community, with students from over 100 countries outside the UK representing approximately 10% of its 6,000 students.

Below you will find lots of useful information for South African applicants, but if you still have more questions, please feel free to email

Entry requirements

Undergraduate academic requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with minimum grades of 66655 or Senior Certificate (with matriculation endorsement) with minimum grades BBBCC.

If you have not achieved these results, you will be expected to complete an International Foundation programme before you start an undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate academic requirements

Four year Bachelor's degree from a South African university.

English EquivalentSouth African Degree: ClassificationSouth African Degree: Percentage
2:1 2:1 70%
2:2 2:2 60%

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will be required to evidence your English language ability required for academic study. Please see our English Language Requirements page for our standard entry requirements.

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For more information on how to apply as an international student please visit our section on  International Application Information.

Undergraduate applicants   Postgraduate applicants


South African students who are offered a place to study at St Mary’s will automatically be considered for one of St Mary's International Student Scholarships – these are available to new, full-time undergraduate and postgraduate taught degree students in any subject area.

For undergraduate applicants, the scholarship is worth up-to £3000 off the cost of your first year tuition fee. For postgraduate applicants the scholarship is worth up-to £3000 off the total cost of your tuition fee.

St Mary's in South Africa

St Mary's staff regularly engage with potential students from South Africa.

If you have any questions about studying at St Mary's or how to go about making an application, please do not hesitate to email

The Local Community

The Students' Union

You are welcomed as a member of our thriving Students' Union as soon as you arrive at St Mary's and there are lots of opportunities to get involved.

There is a wide range of societies clubs and societies for you to join and a full list can be found within the Students' Union section.

In the local area

London has the second biggest number of South African expatriates in the western world and there are many organisations that bring the community together through social events, sports, cultural and church activities.

The Africa Centre is based in London and offers the African Diaspora and people interested in Africa events, lectures and debates of cultural and business interest. The South African and SA Promo have online news, forums and articles of interest for South Africans in the UK.

You can also find a range of African restaurants, bars and food shops both locally and in central London – many of these are listed on the TimeOut website.

Useful links