The University of Cape Town, opened in 1829, and is South Africa’s oldest university. It is one of Africa’s leading teaching and research institutions. Located in the breathtaking port city of Cape Town, the slopes of Table Mountain, the University runs an exciting, varied and successful semester study abroad program. The Faculties of Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Humanities, Law and Science all offer courses to study abroad students. Students interested in this program need to be mature and understand the need to take personal security seriously. The university offers courses in all areas of study, but only students who have the flexibility of elective hours should consider this option. UCT runs a varied and successful semester study abroad (SSA) program.
All courses are taught in English. Consider your course schedules carefully.
The usual full load for an undergraduate student for one semester is 72 NQF (National Qualification Framework) credits. Students enrolled for a full degree of study at UCT may take up to 90 credits in one semester, but 72 credits is the minimum full load. A study abroad student may take up to 4 courses per semester.
Lodging & Meals
The university leases homes close to the university campus to accommodate international students. Students may eat in university dining facilities and also prepare meals in their apartments. There are no host family options offered and residence halls are reserved for South African students.
Cost & Financial Aid
Visas & Travel
A student visa is required to study in South Africa. The 1st semester of the year at The University of Cape Town begins in January thru June and provides the most comprehensive orientation to the university. The second semester is July thru December.