The University of Cape Town strives to advance internationalisation through innovation for a better world. In connecting people, we address the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the priorities of Agenda 2063 for the Africa we want, through international scholarship and strategic partnerships globally.

International students, partnerships and programmes

The International Office facilitates internationalisation through support services and inter-institutional relationships that offer benefits to partners and a range of opportunities to local students, staff and researchers enabling them to engage in a connected world.

Key support services can be found by visiting the International Office service dictionary.

Global research partnerships

Our global research partnerships include:


Outbound opportunities for staff and students.
UCT Visits related information.
Lund University ARUA Scholarship


  • The Confucius Institute located within the International Office promotes the learning of Chinese language and culture.
  • Innovative and multidisciplinary global learning programmes are offered to international partners, organisations and individuals.
  • The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme in partnership with UCT recruits, educates and mentors talented students from Africa who are committed to changing the world around them.
  • UCT offers a vibrant Semester Study Abroad (SSA) programme for international students wishing to spend one or two semesters at the University of Cape Town.
  • Staff and student mobility with partner universities across the globe allow for the exchange of knowledge, networks and career development.
  • UCT fosters a range of partnerships to strengthen relationships across the continent and the world. Interested in partnering with us visit our Partnerships Portal.
  • The International Office guides prospective international students and scholars with visa and immigration-related matters.

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