UCT is consistently ranked as the top university in Africa

UCT is globally ranked for its cutting-edge teaching, research and facilities. We have a proud tradition of academic excellence through research-led teaching with a focus on African-based solutions to global problems.

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We have a wide range of courses to choose from

Study abroad students can choose from a broad range of postgraduate and undergraduate courses. All courses are taught in English. Our dedicated support team will guide you through the application process and help you gain admission to courses covering over 40 disciplinary areas in the arts, sciences, commerce, law and engineering.

Choose your courses

Our experienced study abroad team ensures your full integration into UCT classes

At UCT, study abroad students are fully integrated in classes and learn alongside full degree students. UCT uses an internationally recognised credit system making it easy for you to transfer credits from UCT courses towards your home degree curriculum or degree requirements.

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Cape Town is a breathtakingly beautiful city with a vibrant cultural life and a range of outdoor activities

Located at the very tip of Africa where two oceans meet, Cape Town is a vibrant and welcoming city that attracts thousands of international students and millions of tourists. A cosmopolitan melting pot, Cape Town caters for a variety of interests (and budgets).

Why Cape Town?

You will be part of our diverse community of international students

UCT is a diverse campus community, offering a rich environment for international students. From events to celebrate national holidays to First Thursday social hangouts in the city centre, the International Office works alongside the students’ representative council to ensure you have a rich experience.

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We offer opportunities for an active campus life and community engagement

With the chance to join up to three UCT sports clubs or student societies free of charge, you will join a thriving campus community with plenty of opportunities to make new friends. Study abroad students can also give back to the local community by volunteering with university outreach programmes.

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Our dedicated support team will help you at each step along the way

We recognise studying in another country can be daunting. Our experienced team are here to support you in your visa application, help you find accommodation on or near campus, and arrange for airport transfer when you first arrive. We give you a full introduction to UCT in the week-long orientation on arrival.

Before you arrive
UCT’s Semester Study Abroad students share their experiences
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