Short courses, workshops, seminars, lectures and conferences are organised by the following UCT bodies as part of the university’s commitment to continuing education:

Continuing Professional Development

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme offers short courses, workshops and conferences. These provide ongoing education for professionals, outside the formal academic courses offered at UCT for degree purposes. Continuing education includes all subjects that may benefit people in their professional and vocational activities.

Summer School

UCT’s Summer School, the largest public education programme of its kind in Africa, is dear to the hearts of many alumni. In 2020 it found its natural home in the Development and Alumni Department.

Over 70 years old, Summer School was established to provide education to returning servicemen and women after WWII.  Today it continues to make specialised knowledge accessible to a wide audience, regardless of educational qualifications. Summer School now offers several courses online, so that people from all over the world can experience studying at UCT.

In addition to a traditional Summer School which runs for three weeks in January each year, Summer School offers a Winter School in July as well as year-round webinars, short courses, workshops and lectures. These attract thousands of people with courses on a range of topics from arts, humanities and current issues to the physical and environmental sciences.  

Summer School contributes to the university's social responsiveness by making academic and university resources available to the general public and by providing learning opportunities that do not involve examinations or certification.

The Summer and Winter School programmes, as well as news of webinars and short courses offered throughout the year, are published on the Summer School website.

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UCT Law @ Work

UCT Law @ Work
Leading the way in continuing legal education since 1999, UCT Law@work presents a range of seminars and courses dealing with various aspects of the law, including labour, commercial and public law.

UCT English Language Centre

Based in the Faculty of Humanities, the UCT English Language Centre (ELC) delivers year-round programmes in English as a foreign language to international participants of all ages. Courses are offered at various proficiency levels, including general English, English for business communication and preparation courses for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language ) and Cambridge English exams. The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme helps local and international applicants to UCT who need to improve their level of English before beginning their degree courses.

Continuing Education Unit Health

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Health is the official continuing education programme for UCT’s Faculty of Health Sciences.The unit was established in October 2015 to facilitate short courses offered by the various departments in the faculty for the ongoing development of healthcare professionals.

Judicial Institute for Africa (JIFA)

Judicial Institute for Africa
Based in the Faculty of Law, the Judicial Institute for Africa (JIFA) complements the work being done by domestic judicial institutes in Africa where they exist, and offers opportunities for judges from jurisdictions where there are no judicial institutes to participate in courses for professional development. JIFA was established as a project of the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit and offers a range of university-certified short courses to judges, court-based researchers, judicial administrators and others in the justice ecosystem.