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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Spes Bona (Good Hope)
Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; HESA
Established: Oct 1829
No of Students: 28,700
No of Staff: 4,400
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng
Campuses: Cape Town
Ranking: 1st in Africa (QS World University Rankings)
Website: http://www.uct.ac.za/
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The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located Cape Town, South Africa. It is the oldest higher education institution in South Africa. It was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. When gold and diamonds were discovered in the north, the College’s tertiary-education grew substantially after 1880, with the college developing into a fully-fledged university by 1900, thanks to increased .. more

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located Cape Town, South Africa. It is the oldest higher education institution in South Africa. It was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. When gold and diamonds were discovered in the north, the College’s tertiary-education grew substantially after 1880, with the college developing into a fully-fledged university by 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government. The growth period between 1880 and 1900 saw the College build its first dedicated science laboratories, as well as the establishment of departments. By 1887 the College was permanently admitting women, and by 1918 it already had a Medical School. It was formally established as a university in 1918, benefitting from a significant state grant. In 1929 UCT celebrated its centenary on the site that had been designated for a national university, on land bequeathed by Cecil John Rhodes. Throughout the apartheid period UCT gained a reputation as “Moscow on the Hill” for its sustained opposition to apartheid, particularly in higher education. This is reflected in the diverse nature of the university, that has steadily enrolled students of all races since the 1920s. The university has 4 campuses spread out across Cape Town – Groote Schuur Campus in Rondebosch, Medical Campus in Observatory, Hiddingh Campus in the city, and Breakwater Campus at Cape Town’s Waterfront.  The Groote Schuur Campus is divided into the Upper, Middle and Lower Campuses, and together they form the Main Campus.

The University of Cape Town is the top ranked university in South Africa, and Africa in general, according to the QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Three of its faculties – Commerce, Law and Medicine – are ranked among the hundred best faculties internationally. Out of 26 of the world’s top universities that make up the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), UCT is the only African member. The university counts several NRF-rated researchers, with a huge number being A-rated researchers. This is an adequate representation of the quality and impact of the research the university carries out. The University awards a Social Responsiveness Award to academics who demonstrate how social engagement can enhance the teaching and learning process, which is one of the university’s priorities. The Creative Works Award recognises major creative works, including art works, performances, productions, compositions and architectural designs produced by UCT staff. Several of the staff have published books that have been recognised as outstanding. Quite simply, UCT is a beacon of academic excellence, and none of it better mirrored than by its staff. The university counts over 28000 students, with over 17000 undergraduates and 10000 postgraduates, served by over 4000 staff members.

The University of Cape Town counts an impressive number of facilities and services across its 4 campuses that contribute to a conducive academic environment for its university community. The University of Cape Town Chancellor Oppenheimer Library is situated on Upper Campus next to Jameson hall and it boasts collections that constitute a rich storehouse of information and research resources. The university maintains an on-campus health centre for registered Summer School participants where there is no fee for visits to nurse-practitioners, although participants are charged for appointments with doctors and other specialists. All staff members are qualified and accredited practitioners with a licence to dispense medication. UCT has its own bus service called the Jammie Shuttle that allows for navigation around the campus and the city. The university has an active and diverse cultural life, which is well represented by theatre, dance, music and fine art – the Baxter Theatre Centre, the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies and the Institute of Creative Arts are a few of such facilities. The main company has about 40 sport clubs, with a total membership of around 9 000 students and staff. Sport facilities include an Astro Turf hockey facility, an indoor sports complex, tennis and squash courts, soccer, rugby and cricket facilities.
Notable alumni of the university include five Nobel Laureates – Ralph Bunche (American political scientist and diplomat), Max Theiler (Virologist), Allan McLeod Cormack (physicist), Sir Aaron Klug (Chemist & Biophysicist), J. M. Coetzee (Professor); and a host of other alumni from all walks of life.

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Faculty of Commerce

  • College of Accounting
  • Department of Finance and Tax
  • Department of Information Systems
  • School of Management Studies
  • School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Business

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

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Faculty of Commerce

  • College of Accounting
  • Department of Finance and Tax
  • Department of Information Systems
  • School of Management Studies
  • School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Business

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

  • Department of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Construction Economics and Management
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
  • Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Department of Health Sciences Education
  • Department of Human Biology
  • Department of Integrative Biomedical Sciences
  • Department of Medicine
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Department of Pathology
  • Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health
  • Department of Public Health and Family Medicine
  • Department of Radiation Medicine
  • Department of Surgery

Faculty of Humanities

  • Department of Drama
  • Department of English Language and Literature
  • Department of Historical Studies
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Political Studies
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Religious Studies
  • Department of Social Development
  • Department of Sociology
  • Centre for Film and Media Studies
  • Michaelis School of Fine Art
  • School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics
  • School of Dance
  • School of Languages and Literatures
  • School of Economics (jointly established with Faculty of Commerce)
  • School of Education
  • South African College of Music

Faculty of Law

  • Department of Commercial Law
  • Department of Private Law
  • Department of Public Law

Faculty of Science

  • Department of Archaeology
  • Department of Astronomy
  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Environmental and Geographical Science
  • Department of Geological Sciences
  • Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Department of Oceanography
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Statistical Sciences
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Eligibility for admission
The admission requirements differ depending on what you want to study. The criteria for certificate courses, diplomas and degrees are listed below:

Undergraduate Certificate Study
To confirm eligibility for admission to undergraduate certificate study, applicants must consult the Admissions Office or the faculty conc.. more

Eligibility for admission
The admission requirements differ depending on what you want to study. The criteria for certificate courses, diplomas and degrees are listed below:

Undergraduate Certificate Study
To confirm eligibility for admission to undergraduate certificate study, applicants must consult the Admissions Office or the faculty concerned.

Undergraduate Diploma Study
The minimum requirement for admission to undergraduate diploma study is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in 4 recognised NSC 20-credit subjects.

Bachelor’s Degree Study
To be eligible for admission to degree study, applicants need to meet minimum requirements for eligibility:

  • Applicants holding a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) need to pass a minimum of 4 subjects at a rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50-59%) or better from a designated list of subjects. The designated list is as follows:
    • Accounting
    • Agricultural Sciences
    • Business Studies
    • Dramatic Arts
    • Economics
    • Engineering Graphics and Design
    • Geography
    • History
    • Consumer Studies
    • Information Technology
    • Languages (one language of learning and teaching at a higher education institution and 2 other recognised language subjects)
    • Life Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematical Literacy
    • Music
    • Physical Sciences
    • Religious Studies
    • Visual Arts

Applicants holding a South African Senior Certificate need matriculation endorsement.

Applicants holding non-South African school-leaving certificates must qualify for a matriculation exemption certificate. For more information please visit the website of the Matriculation Board.

Minimum language proficiency
All applicants must have attained a certain level of proficiency in English and are required to submit evidence of this, as outlined below, as part of their application to study.

South African Senior Certificate undergraduate applicants

  • South African Senior Certificate undergraduate applicants to UCT must have achieved a pass of 40% or more on the Higher Grade in English (First or Second Language) at Senior Certificate level.

South African NSC undergraduate applicants

  • South African NSC undergraduate applicants to UCT, must have achieved a rating of 2 (Elementary Achievement, 30-40%) or better at Home Language or First Additional Language level.

Applicants holding non-South African school-leaving certificates

  • Please see UCT’s language requirements.

For further information on the IELTS and TOEFL exams, please contact the UCT English Language Centre.

Calculating Admissions Points Score (APS)
The percentages achieved in National Senior Certificate examinations (preliminary and final examinations) will be allocated an admission score equal to that percentage.

The sum of 6 subjects, excluding Life Orientation, but including English and any required subject(s) for the relevant programme, is considered when deciding on admission. For example, for a given programme where Maths and Physical Sciences are required, we will take scores for English, Maths, Physical Sciences and the next best 3 subjects other than Life Orientation to compute the NSC score towards the APS.
Results below 40% for any subject do not attract a score.
The admission requirements vary from one programme to another. You are advised to consult the faculty concerned directly in order to find out what is required for the course or degree that you want to take.

Application Procedure
The following guidelines may be useful when you apply to UCT:

When to apply
Applications open in April every year and you should try to submit an application as soon as possible after that date.

Application Fees
An application fee must be paid for every application, except in the case of most graduates of UCT.

Submitting results and documents
Current learners at school must make sure that all examination results from Grade 11 until September of grade 12 are submitted. Failure to submit these results may result in delays.
Transferring students should submit all transcripts and academic records as early as possible.

Monitor your application
It is a good idea to monitor the status of your application. You can do this online at http://www.students.uct.ac.za/students/applications/apply/undergraduates/check-status

Non-South African and SADC applications
Applicants who are not from South Africa or the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are charged international fees and will require a study visa. Please read the “international full degree students” section as well as the “international fees section” of the UCT Fees Handbook, all available on the university website.

Applicants for master’s and doctoral studies may apply for an International Academic Scholarship Award, which will reduce the international fee. Contact the postgraduate coordinator within your faculty.

How and when to apply
When you apply to UCT, your application will be dealt with by the Admissions Office and by the faculty that offers your choice of study. You can contact the Admissions Office at any time before or during the application process for advice:

By email: admissions@uct.ac.za

Postal address:
Admissions Office
University of Cape Town
Private Bag X3
Rondebosch
7701

Tel: +27 (0)21 650 2128
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 3736

Application fees
Consult the fees section for detailed information.
Please do not send cash in the post. Cash payments may only be made at the cash office (Receipts Cashier), Kramer Law Building from 09:00 to 15:30, Monday to Friday.

If you are offered an academic place or a place in student housing, you will be asked to pay an acceptance fee to secure your place. Acceptance fees will be credited to your student fee account. If you do not take up the place offered to you, the acceptance fee will not be refunded.

Application forms
Applications open in early April and must be made online. Early application will increase your chances of receiving an early offer of admission.

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Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa and the capital of Western Cape province. It lies at the northern end of the Cape Peninsula, north of the Cape of Good Hope. As the site of the first European settlement in South Africa, Cape Town is known as the country’s “mother city”. The city is a beautiful mix of suburbs and steep slopes, as well as a busy metropolitan area. The ci.. more

Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa and the capital of Western Cape province. It lies at the northern end of the Cape Peninsula, north of the Cape of Good Hope. As the site of the first European settlement in South Africa, Cape Town is known as the country’s “mother city”. The city is a beautiful mix of suburbs and steep slopes, as well as a busy metropolitan area. The city originated in 1652, when the Dutch East India Company established a refreshment station for its ships on the shores of Table Bay; a location that was considered ideal, with fertile soil. The trade of the Dutch brought along a mix of cultures and races. The French established a garrison in 1781, and their presence subsequently influenced the local architecture and culture. When the British occupied in the 19th century, they brought along with them new concepts such as freedom for the slaves. Cape Town served as the gateway for European access into South Africa’s interior.

The climate of the city is a Mediterranean type climate – it is modified by the mass of Table Mountain and the cold Benguela Current of the South Atlantic Ocean. The average high temperature is 21 degrees Celsius in January and February, and the average low is 13 degrees Celsius in July. The amount of rainfall depends on how close one is to the mountain. The cloud cover brought by the Southerly Winds produce help to keep air pollution at a low level. Cape Town is populated mostly by people of mixed race, with the white and black percentages being quite low. It is also a multilingual melting pot. The total population of Cape Town is over 4.5 Million. The city serves as one of the main industrial centres and a major seaport in South Africa. About nine-tenths of the fish eaten in South Africa comes through Cape Town, with Table Bay being one of the world’s largest fruit-exporting harbours. A petroleum refinery and chemical, fertilizer, cement, and automobile-assembly factories are situated in the metropolitan area. Basic industries in the city proper are concerned with ship repair and maintenance, food processing, winemaking and the manufacturing of clothing, plastics and leather goods.

Cape Town is a treasure trove of landmarks and top-notch facilities. From nature and adventure to a vibrant nightlife, from shopping to arts & culture, and not forgetting wellness and fitness, Cape Town offers something for everyone. Top attractions like Boulders Beach or the Robben Island Museum pull crowds to Cape Town. The architectural heritage of the city is remarkable as well, with the highest density of Cape Dutch style buildings in the world, combining architectural traditions from the Netherlands, Germany, France and Indonesia. One of the most visited areas in Cape Town is the Cape Malay Bo-Kaap. The oldest surviving windmill in South Africa can also be found in Cape Town. It is also home to the 36-hectare Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Needless to say, Cape Town is a prime touristic destination; the Garden Route is arguably one of the most iconic and idyllic places in the world to sample outstanding wines and eat outstanding food. And it’s easily accessible from the city. It sports beautiful coastal views, picturesque lakes and gorgeous farmlands and makes for a perfect road trip. It is here that South Africa’s best and most famous wine-growing regions and vineyards, including Stellenbosch, Constantia and Paarl, can be found. It stands to reason that Cape Town was named the best place in the world to visit by both The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph in 2014.

Cape Town is served by the Cape Town International Airport, domestically and internationally. It is also served by rail and sea transport. Three national roads in South Africa originate in Cape Town as well, and buses and taxis serve as the public transport system. The city has vast experience in hosting major national and international sports events. It has hosted events like 1995 Rugby World Cup, 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, as well as World Championships in various sports disciplines. In 2010 it was one of the host cities of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is equally a bastion of tertiary education, boasting some of the best universities in South Africa like the University of the Western Cape, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and the University of Cape Town, one reason why the city has become a popular study abroad destination. With its charming mix of modern infrastructure, top-notch universities and colourful culture, Cape Town could easily tempt students looking for study options.

The appeal of Cape Town lies in in its overwhelming beauty – it has often been named the most beautiful city in the world. Its mild but fickle weather all year round and its world-renowned natural beauty are two of the characteristics that shape the identity of the city. More than half of the residents of the city and metropolitan area are of mixed race (Coloureds), about one-fourth are white, about one-fifth are black, and the remainder is of Asian origin. In the metropolitan area, Afrikaans is the first language of almost half the Coloureds and whites. Almost one-quarter speak English as a first language, and another quarter is equally at home in both languages. The blacks are predominantly Xhosa speaking. The majority of the residents are members of Protestant churches, but there are also sizable communities of Roman Catholics and Muslims. Cape Town used to be the foundation of South Africa’s economy until the discovery and exploitation of minerals in the interior of the country, but today its place as a major industrial centre is consistent with its ever-evolving cityscape, one of the reasons why it was named the World Design Capital in 2014.

The city is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, boasting a high rate of immigrants and expatriates. As one of the best cities in the world, the cost of living in Cape Town can prove quite steep at just over 8000 Rands per month for a single person (without rent), but it is still much cheaper than a city like New York. As of 2016, the city had an employment rate of 11.6%.
Cape Town contributes greatly to the GDP of South Africa, earning 56.8 billion dollars in 2014. The city experienced impressive economic growth between 2010 and 2014, and although it has stagnated in recent years, the continuous annual growth of the city’s IT sector positions it as an important centre for Information Technology on the continent.

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Scholarships

International and refugee scholarships:
A limited number of scholarships are available to international Students and refugee students.
These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and preference is given to senior candidates.
The scholarships are renewable for the duration of the course of study, if satisfactory progress is maintained, for 1 year at honours level, 2 at master’s level and 3 at doctoral level.
Applicants must apply for full-time admission through the UCT admissions office or the faculty office. Late applications are not accepted.
Closing date: 31 July (preceding the year of study)
Note: The Application deadline for the 2021 academic year is 31 July 2020.
International students from any country can apply but funding is available for postgraduate studies only.

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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Spes Bona (Good Hope)
Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; HESA
Established: Oct 1829
No of Students: 28,700
No of Staff: 4,400
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng
Campuses: Cape Town
Ranking: 1st in Africa (QS World University Rankings)
Website: http://www.uct.ac.za/
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