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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Respice Prospice (Look Ahead)
Affiliated to: ACU; IAU; HESA
Established: 1959
No of Students: 22,000
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Tyrone Pretorius
Ranking: 8th in South Africa (Webometrics)
Website: http://www.uwc.ac.za/
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The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is a public university located in the Bellville suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It started out in 1959 as a “bush college”, a university college under the University of Africa, classified for “Coloured” people. It later gained university status in 1970 and was able to award its own degrees and diplomas. It succeeded in gaining autonomy in 1983, a status it maintained during the education rest.. more

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is a public university located in the Bellville suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It started out in 1959 as a “bush college”, a university college under the University of Africa, classified for “Coloured” people. It later gained university status in 1970 and was able to award its own degrees and diplomas. It succeeded in gaining autonomy in 1983, a status it maintained during the education restructuring of 2002. UWC is home to one Campus separated into North, East, West, South and Central.

The University of the Western Cape has a marked reputation of resistance against the apartheid policies of South Africa. Founded in a tense socio-political context, it grew into a beacon of anti-apartheid struggle. The university formally rejected the idea of apartheid in its 1982 mission statement. During the early 1990s several UWC students were involved in the creation of Bush Radio, an anti-apartheid media project that was used to distribute political and cultural radio programming. Bush Radio later became South Africa’s first licensed community radio station. Over the years the university has developed an international reputation for research and development of open source software solutions and open educational resources. It is the only African institution that is a member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC). The university is home to over 22000 students, with close to 16000 of those being undergraduates and over 6000 being postgraduates.

The University of Western Cape houses several facilities that enable the smooth running of education on campus. Its campus is big enough to house several administrative blocks and student centres, as well as two Libraries and an Information Science centre. The campus is also home to sports complexes like pools and indoor courts. It also counts several stores. UWC is close to the Cape Flats Nature Reserve. The University’s urban setting gives it close proximity to the various facilities available in the vicinity as well.
Notable alumni from UWC include Jose Luis Guterres (East Timorese diplomat), Danny Jordaan (CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa), Zoe Wicomb (author).

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The University of Western Cape is home to 7 faculties, containing several departments and schools, as well as institutes and centres, as listed below.

Faculty of Arts

  • Department of Afrikaans and Nederlands
  • Department of Anthropology and Sociology
  • Department of English
  • Departmen.. more

The University of Western Cape is home to 7 faculties, containing several departments and schools, as well as institutes and centres, as listed below.

Faculty of Arts

  • Department of Afrikaans and Nederlands
  • Department of Anthropology and Sociology
  • Department of English
  • Department of Foreign Languages
  • Department of Geography, Environmental Studies & Tourism
  • Department of History
  • Department of Linguistics
  • Department of Library and Information Science
  • Department of Religion and Theology
  • Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Department of Xhosa
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Centre for Humanities Research
  • Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research

Faculty of Community Health

  • School of Public Health
  • School of Natural Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Department of Physiotherapy
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Social Work
  • Department of Sport, Recreation and Exercise Science (SRES)
  • Interprofessional Education Unit
  • HIV & AIDS Programme
  • Interdisciplinary Centre for Sports, Science and Development

Faculty of Dentistry

  • Department of Oral Hygiene
  • Department of Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry
  • Department of Restorative Dentistry
  • Department of Community Oral Health
  • Department of Diagnostic Sciences.
  • Department of Maxillo-Facial & Oral Surgery and Anaesthesiology & Sedation
  • Oral and Dental Research Institute

Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

  • School of Business and Finance (SBF)
  • School of Government
  • Department of Academic Development
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Industrial Psychology
  • Department of Information Systems
  • Department of Political Studies
  • Department of Public Administration (SOG Undergraduate Programme)
  • Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)
  • Institute for Social Development (ISD)
  • The African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (ACCEDE)
  • The Centre for Excellence in Food Security

Faculty of Education

  • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Department of Educational Studies
  • Department of Language Education
  • School of Science & Mathematics Education
  • Institute for Post-School Studies (IPSS)
  • Centre for Adult and Continuing Education
  • Science Learning Centre for Africa
  • Centre for Higher Studies in Higher Education (CHSE formerly EPU)

Faculty of Law

  • Department of Criminal Justice and Procedure
  • Department of Mercantile and Labour Law
  • Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence
  • Department of Private Law
  • South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice
  • Law Clinic
  • Social Law Project
  • Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights

Faculty of Natural Science

  • School of Pharmacy
  • Department of Biotechnology
  • Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Earth Science
  • Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Department of Medical Bioscience
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy.
  • Department of Statistics and Population Studies
  • Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics (IMBM)
  • Institute For Water Studies
  • South African Institute of Advanced Materials Chemistry (SAIAMC)
  • South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI)
  • Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA)
  • UWC Nature Reserve
  • Electron Microscope Unit
  • Proteomics Unit
  • SARCHI Chair (Astrophysics)
  • UNESCO Chair (Hydrogeology)
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Admission Requirements
UWC offers admission into Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, and candidates wishing to enrol at the university must meet the following criteria;

  1. The National Senior Certificate (NSC) required for Degree, Diploma or Higher Certificate study, as appropriate.
  2. A minimum number of points calculated on the university’s .. more

Admission Requirements
UWC offers admission into Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, and candidates wishing to enrol at the university must meet the following criteria;

  1. The National Senior Certificate (NSC) required for Degree, Diploma or Higher Certificate study, as appropriate.
  2. A minimum number of points calculated on the university’s points system.
  3. A pass at the required level in each of the subjects specified for the programme into which the candidate seeks admission.

Where there is competition for places in any particular programme – that is, where the number of qualified candidates exceeds the number of available places – selection will take place on the basis of criteria that have been determined by faculty selection committees.

The general criteria for admission into undergraduate programmes are as following:

Higher Certificate:
The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate as certified by Umalusi​.

Diploma:
The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 3 (moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in four recognized NSC 20-credit subjects.

Bachelor’s
The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate achievement, 50-59%) or better in four subjects chosen from the following recognized 20-credit NSC subjects (known as the ‘designated subject list’): 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 two other recognized language subjects), Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Music, Physical Sciences, Religion Studies, Visual Arts.

The general criteria for postgraduate programmes (Masters, Doctorates) is as follows;

All qualification documents, i.e. the highest school certificate issued by the official examining body; complete and legible transcripts of academic records in respect of all degrees or other higher education qualifications, together with the final certificates; preceding qualifications leading to any postgraduate/other advanced qualification when the latter is submitted.

Certificates in foreign languages should be submitted together with translations into English by a sworn translator.

The relevant evaluation fee can be obtained from the South African Qualification Authority in Pretoria.

In addition to the above, the candidate also has to apply to the SA Trade Representative closest to his/her home for a study permit if the candidate is not a South African citizen.

It should be noted that admission requirements differ with each faculty and programme concerned, and as such these only serve as general requirements.

International Students

1. Meet the minimum admission requirements for the programmes you wish to apply to. Visit https://www.uwc.ac.za/Registrar/ISSO/Pages/Academia.aspx for further assistance in this regard.

2. Apply for exemption by following the USAf Application for Exemption Process or apply to have your Foreign Qualifications Evaluated by SAQA in the case of Postgraduate Programmes. Visit EVALUATION for further assistance in this regard.​

Note:
Since your application depend on either USAf Exemption or a SAQA Evaluation Certificate and in some cases both, we will not be able to process you application until the appropriate evidence from USAf or SAQA is supplied

HOW TO APPLY

  • ​To apply online, go to https://www.uwc.ac.za/Students/Admin/Pages/Apply-Online.aspx​
  • You may apply for a maximum of TWO programme choices
  • Try to keep your options open, especially when applying for programmes in Faculties such as Dentistry, Community and Health Sciences and Law
  • There is NO application fee payable.

Applications run from May to September

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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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Motto: Respice Prospice (Look Ahead)
Affiliated to: ACU; IAU; HESA
Established: 1959
No of Students: 22,000
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Tyrone Pretorius
Ranking: 8th in South Africa (Webometrics)
Website: http://www.uwc.ac.za/
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