Join an international community

Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. It’s a fantastic opportunity to broaden your education, immerse yourself in a new culture, and possibly a new language, travel the world and meet new friends.

Apart from the educational benefits, studying abroad can enhance your future career prospects. Many employers are looking for people who are adaptable and who can communicate well across cultures. In an increasingly globalised workplace, inter-cultural fluency is a sought-after attribute. Studying, as opposed to just travelling, in another country will expose you to a global mindset and a new style of education. You can fully interact, learn to understand different world views and better articulate your own.

Being away from home will give you confidence and valuable life skills that will stand you in good stead, personally and professionally. You’ll learn a lot about yourself during this transformative experience and return home with an enhanced academic and real-world education.

Join our diverse campus community

The University of Cape Town is home to nearly 5 000 international students from over 100 different countries. International students represent 18% of our student population. We value the contribution that international students make to the academic, social and cultural life of our institution.

Find out what programmes are offered by UCT

Undergraduate & Postgraduate Studies


Semester Study Abroad


Global Short-term Academic Programmes


African Partnerships & Programmes


Let us help you make the right choice:

We can help you with the following services:

  • Selecting the right academic programme for your circumstances
  • Understanding the admission requirements for international students
  • Applying for a study visa
  • Calculating your tuition fees and the cost of living in Cape Town
  • Applying for scholarships and donor-funded programmes
  • Finding suitable accommodation close to campus
  • Preparing for life in Cape Town