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Rhodes University

Introducing Rhodes University:

Information/Services required by Incoming/Outgoing Students
No. Service
1 Academic calendar
2 Description of course types/how to look for courses
3 Information about the credit transfer system and recognition at the home university
4 Registration at the University
5 Administrative/academic contact person at the university
6 Social life/orientation programme (buddy network)
7 Facilities for students with special needs (handicapped persons, students with family)
8 language courses
9 Social media networks
10 Accommodation
11 Information how to open a student bank account
12 Entry and residence permits (VISA)
13 Vaccinations required
14 Insurance
15 Cost of living (information about average price examples, currency)

Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science (DIFS)

The Rhodes University Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science (DIFS) is a leading African academic institution supporting the sustainable utilisation and study of fish and fisheries through teaching and training of students, conducting research and providing service support in aquaculture, fisheries management and ichthyology.

The DIFS was founded in 1981 when the former JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology (now South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity - SAIAB), became a National Museum. It is the only department of its kind on the Southern Hemisphere.

Since then, DIFS has graduated more than 150 Honours, Masters and PhD students. In 1998 the DIFS began offering a two year major in Ichthyology which students may read as part of the BSc degree.

87% of our graduates are employed or self employed in the fields in which they gained expertise at Rhodes University - in academia, research, aquaculture, fisheries management, stock assessment, conservation or sport fisheries management. Nationally and internationally our graduates are highly competitive and may be found in Canada, the USA, Europe, Australia, China and throughout Africa and South Africa.

Increasingly, the Departments activities and projects are becoming multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional and the participation of the DIFS is sought in most major fisheries and aquaculture development initiatives in the SADC region.

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Services for International Students and Exchange Staff at Makerere University

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