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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Knowledge for Quality Health Services
Established: 2015
No of Students: 6,500
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Chris de Beer
Campuses: Ga-Rankuwa
Website: https://www.smu.ac.za/
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Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) is a public university located in Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria North, Gauteng Province, South Africa. It was established in 2015, after the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande promulgated the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) in the SA Government Gazette no: 37658 of 16 May 2014. The promulgation followed the announcement made in 2011, by Minister Nzimande, when h.. more

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) is a public university located in Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria North, Gauteng Province, South Africa. It was established in 2015, after the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande promulgated the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) in the SA Government Gazette no: 37658 of 16 May 2014. The promulgation followed the announcement made in 2011, by Minister Nzimande, when he announced his intention to separate the Medunsa Campus, from the University of Limpopo. It was previously known as the Medical University of South Africa, and later as a campus of the University of Limpopo. It is named after South African ANC leader Sefako Makgatho. The main campus is located at Ga-Rankuwa.

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University is the first stand-alone health sciences university to be established in the country. The university plays an important role in addressing the human capital development needs of South Africa and the rest of the African continent in both health care and science & technology fields, as part of a government grand plan to expand access to education and training opportunities for the youth, by increasing the number of young people in education, employment and training. SMU has grown from 5000 students in 2015 to over 6500 students in 2019.

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University offers several facilities and services to its university community to enhance a conducive academic environment. These include research equipment and laboratory for several schools and departments; self-contained research units; residence and catering for students, with several services offered ranging from kitchen services to maintenance and renovation; a library that offers specialised and comprehensive health information services to the University’s students and staff. The university offers facilities that encourage full participation in six indoor sport codes and seven sport codes. Current renovation ongoing at the university includes some of these sports facilities.

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School of Medicine

  • Department of Anaesthesiology
  • Department of Anatomical Pathology
  • Department of Anatomy
  • Department of Chemical Pathology
  • Department of Cardiology
  • Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Department of Community Health
  • Department of Cli.. more

School of Medicine

  • Department of Anaesthesiology
  • Department of Anatomical Pathology
  • Department of Anatomy
  • Department of Chemical Pathology
  • Department of Cardiology
  • Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Department of Community Health
  • Department of Clinical Psychology
  • Department of Dermatology
  • Department of Diagnostics Radiography
  • Department of Diagnostic Radiology & Imaging
  • Department of Family Medicine
  • Department of Forensic
  • Department of General Surgery
  • Department of Haematology
  • Department of Hand & Microsurgery
  • Department of Intensive Care
  • Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department of Medical Physics
  • Department of Microbiological
  • Department of Neurology
  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • Department of Nuclear Medicine
  • Department of Obstetrics & Gynae.
  • Department of Occupational Medicine
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • Department of Orthopaedics Surgery
  • Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)
  • Department of Paediatrics & Child Health
  • Department of Paediatric Surgery
  • Department of Physiology
  • Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Urology

School of Oral Health

  • Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Pathology, Radiology and Orthodontics
  • Department of Periodontology, Oral Medicine and Community Dentistry
  • Department of Restorative Dentistry

School of Pharmacy

  • Department of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Department of Public Health Pharmacy and Management
  • Photobiology Laboratory

School of Health Care Sciences

  • Department of Human Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Department of Nursing Science
  • Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Department of Physiotherapy
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

School of Science and Technology

  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Language Proficiency
  • Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Department of Statistics and Operations Research
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Physics
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Admission into programmes depends on the Admission on Point Scores (APS) as well as specific programme requirements.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
General Information to International Students
**All non-South African citizens and non-permanent residents are required to obtain a study visa before entering South Africa. Applications for study visa sho.. more

Admission into programmes depends on the Admission on Point Scores (APS) as well as specific programme requirements.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
General Information to International Students
**All non-South African citizens and non-permanent residents are required to obtain a study visa before entering South Africa. Applications for study visa should be submitted to the South African Embassy, Consulate or High Commissioner in your country of origin and must be issued in favour of the Sefako Makgatho Health Science University. This study permit must be submitted during registration.
**It is required that all International students pay their fees in full before registration to avoid delays that may arise during registration.
SADC Protocol on Education
**The SA government has entered into an agreement with SADC countries to allow their prospective students to study at South African universities and be given ALMOST the same treatment as South African students.

The following are documents required from prospective international students as per the South African Government directive:
• Valid study visa. You should apply for a study visa immediately after receiving a letter of admission.
• Copy of passport.
• Copy of evaluation certificate of results from HESA or SAQA.
• Health Insurance. This health insurance SHOULD be acceptable by the South African medical insurance fraternity.
• Police clearance from Country of origin.

IO Office requires this information to:
• Keep track of academic progress made or lack thereof.
• Keep SA Missions abroad and the local Department of Home Affairs posted of progress.
• Keep records of conduct of all international students and,
• Keep records of all those who have graduated from university.

Study Visa (Permits) Requirements
Ideally, a prospective student should have a study visa before leaving their country of origin, as it is a requirement of the South African Immigration Act. The current practice does, however, allow an international student to apply for a study visa whiles already in the country. Study visas are issued for specific academic institutions. If you would like to change institutions, you must obtain a new study visa. It is important to note that study permits are valid for a specific period and you will be required to renew it during your period of study.
Application procedure and requirements for study visa;
• An application form obtainable from home affairs,
• A valid passport (for a year or more),
• Admission letter from the University,
• A letter from the institution in support of your study visa (International office),
• Bank statement – Copy of passport or I.D of parent or guardian responsible for the financial support and a supporting letter,
• A study visa fee of R425-00,
• Proof of medical aid cover confirming that you will be covered while in SA. Medical reports (including Radiology & Pathology).
• A police clearance certificate from your country of origin,
• Repatriation fee of R585-00,
• Copy of yellow fever vaccination (If relevant),
• If an applicant is under 21 years old, there should be a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.
**For more information on how to apply for a study permit, please visit http://www.southafrica.info/travel/documents/studypermits.htm. If you have a study permit, remember to renew it 3 months before its expiration. If you neglect to do this, the State can impose heavy fines both on you and on the University. The process of getting a study permit can take 4-8 weeks to process; hence, it is advisable to make study visa applications as soon as possible

HOW TO APPLY
• Application to SMU is offline by following the steps stated below. To become a student at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, SMU, you have to note the following;
— Prospective students are encouraged to apply as early as possible and adhere to the closing dates to avoid disappointment.
— Kindly note that for practical reasons only a limited number of students can be admitted to different degree programmes.
• Complete the form in full and answer all questions with black ink.
• Make sure that the names appearing on your ID as well as your certificates are the same and
in the same sequence
• All the required documents must be attached to the application form

A fully completed application form can either be posted to this address:
The Registrar
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU)
P.O Box 60
Medunsa
0204

Or hand deliver to this address;
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU)
Student Administration and Registration Office
Clinical Pathology Building Basement

Important application documents
• Certified copy of your ID or Birth certificates
• Certified copy of final Grade 11 results or final NSC/matric certificate (those who completed matric)
• A non-refundable application fee of R200,00. Applications received without the proof of payment will not be considered. No cash should accompany your application form.

**The Banking details are as follows:
Bank: Standard Bank
Account Number: 071 244 395
Account Name: Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU)
Branch number: 020 909
Reference: Use your ID number as reference

• Official academic record(s) from the previous university attended, including this University (if applicable)
• Certificate of Conduct from all universities attended (If applicable)
**Please do not apply for courses NOT listed in the brochure as your application will not be considered

Non-South African Applicants
**All non-South African citizens and non-permanent residents are required to obtain a study permit prior to registering as students.
**Applications for study permits should be submitted to the South African Home Affairs, Consulate or High Commissioner in your country of residence/origin, and it would be issued in favour of Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University and to be submitted during registration.
**Applications forms submitted after the closing dates will not be considered.
**Kindly note that all first entering students to the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University must write the National Benchmark Test (NBT).
SMU Application fee
A non-refundable Application Fee of R200 is applicable with all applications and should be deposited to the following Banking Account:

Bank: Standard Bank
Account Number: 071 244 395
Account Name: Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU)
Branch number: 020 909
Reference: Use your ID number as reference

**No cash should accompany the application form
**Any application submitted without an application fee will not be processed. Please ensure that you keep a copy of your proof of payment.

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, SMU Application for International Students
Before being permitted to register at SMU, international students are required to show proof of:
• Valid passport and study permit
• SAQA verification certificate
• Proof of financial means (bank statements, bursaries, cash available/traveller’s cheque to cover envisaged living expenses during the sojourn in the Republic and to pay tuition fees)
**It is strongly advised that foreign students approach the South African Embassy in their home countries for more information or requirements before they come to the Republic of South Africa to study. Alternatively, applicants may visit the Department of Home Affairs at www.dha.gov.za

Application deadline
The application deadline for the following Bachelor’s programmes mentioned above (MBChB, B Rad, BDS, BDT, BoH, B Pharm and BSc Physio) is June 29
The application deadline for the following Bachelor’s programmes (B Sc, BSc Diet, B Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, B Occ Therapy, B Oral Hygiene, B Nursing Sciences) is July 26

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Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. It stretches along both sides of the Apies River and extends into the western foothills of the Magaliesberg on the east. it was founded in 1855 by Marthinus, son of Andries Pretorius, the Boer statesman for whom the city. It became the capital of the Transvaal in 1860, the administrative capital of South Africa in 1910, and a city in 1931... more

Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. It stretches along both sides of the Apies River and extends into the western foothills of the Magaliesberg on the east. it was founded in 1855 by Marthinus, son of Andries Pretorius, the Boer statesman for whom the city. It became the capital of the Transvaal in 1860, the administrative capital of South Africa in 1910, and a city in 1931. Winston Churchill was imprisoned there during the Second Boer War until his escape. The Second Boer War saw the start of British hegemony in South Africa. Pretoria is situated 55 kilometres from Johannesburg. It has a humid subtropical climate with long hot rainy summers and short cool to cold, dry winters. It experiences typical South African winters with cold, clear nights and mild to moderately warm days. Although the average lows during winter are mild, it can get cold due to the uncovered skies. The average annual temperature is quite high at about 18.7 degrees Celsius. The total population of Pretoria is about 2.5 million people. The main languages spoken in Pretoria are Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Xitsonga, Afrikaans and English. The city has the largest white population in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since its founding, it has been a major Afrikaner population centre, and currently, there are roughly 1 million Afrikaners living in or around the city, making them the largest white ethnic group, with the Northern Sothos being the largest black ethnic group.

The post-World War II boom is evidenced by skyscrapers around Church Square; landmarks commemorate Boer history, and cultural attractions include the Kruger Museum, the National Cultural History Museum and an art museum. The Transvaal Museum has natural history displays and is the home of Mrs Ples, the hominid fossil found at Sterkfontein. The Central Business District retains its status as the traditional centre of government and commerce, with many banks, business, large corporations, shops and shopping centres situated in the city centre. The Poyntons Building is the tallest skyscraper, followed by the ABSA Building and the Reserve Bank of South Africa. Pretoria is adorned with large parks like the terraced gardens of the Union Buildings, the sunken gardens of Venning Park, municipal nature reserves, and the National Zoological Gardens. Other places of historical interest in Pretoria include Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park. Activities in the city include horse riding trails, game viewing and skydiving. The outskirts of the city are characterised by the Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the country’s largest research organisation. It is the seat of the University of Pretoria, the University of South Africa, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University and the Tshwane University of Technology. The city is a multicultural hub that allies industry and a stellar reputation for research and higher education, making it a suitable location for students contemplating further education.

Pretoria is sometimes regarded as the quiet sister to the always bustling Johannesburg, but the city is full of surprises. It is quite easy to navigate the streets of Pretoria, thanks to its grid layout and wide roads. Pretoria is well-planned and famous for its streets lined with jacaranda trees, the reason why it is known as Jacaranda City. Although it is primarily a seat of government, the city also doubles as an important industrial centre – engineering, food processing, diamond mining – all of these reflect the economic status of the city. It also accounts for Pretoria’s status as the most expensive South African city, with monthly costs for a single person without rent being close to 9000 Rands, and over 14000 Rands with rent.
Pretoria is the central part of the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality which was formed by the amalgamation of several former local authorities including Centurion and Soshanguve. Pretoria has over the years had very diverse cultural influences and this is reflected in the architectural styles that can be found in the city. It ranges from 19th century Dutch, German and British colonial architecture to modern, postmodern, neomodern, and art deco architecture styles with a good mix of a uniquely South African style.
Transport in Pretoria is dependent on commuter rail services operated by Metrorail, with routes that originate from the city centre and extend to other cities in all directions Various bus companies exist in Pretoria, of which PUTCO is one of the oldest and most recognised. Tshwane municipality provides the remainder of the bus services. Although there are two military air bases south of the city, Pretoria is served by Johannesburg’s airports, with the lone airport in the city being used for light commercial and private aircraft.

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