University of Cape Town
City: Cape Town
 
Website: www.uct.ac.za
Approximate semester dates:

Semester 1: February-June
Semester 2: July-November

Language of instruction: English
Full time load equivalent:

72 HEQF credits per semester (Up to 4 courses)


More about full-time study load here

Fields of Study Available:

This is not an exclusive list of the Disciplines available.
Disciplines listed here can provide a full-time load of study.  
All other available courses can be found in the course catalogue.

Course Catalogue 

Humanities & Social Sciences:

African Studies
Anthropology
Archaeology
Communication
Drama
English Literature
Film & Media Studies
History
Linguistics
Philosophy
Psychology
Social Development
Gender Studies
Music (including African music & jazz)
Political Studies
Religion
Sociology
 
 
Languages (African Languages, Afrikaans, Arabic, Chinese, Classics, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)

Sciences:

Astronomy
Chemistry
Environmental & Geographical Science
 
Mathematics
Physics
Zoology
Botany
Computer Science
Geological Science
Human Biology 
Molecular Biology
Oceanography
Statistics

Engineering:

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Business:

Accounting Commerce
Economics Finance
Management
 
Courses ending with "F (First)" are offered in Semester 1 and those ending with "S (Second)" in Semester 2. Course with "H" or "W" are full-year courses. 
 
First digit in course codes refers to course level.
 
Examples:
  • ELL1013F English Literary Studies: first year course (HEQF Level 5) offered in Semester 1
  • HST2035S Gender and History: second year course (HEQF Level 6) offered in Semester 2
  • EEE3044S Energy Coversion & Utilization: third year course (HEQF Level 7) offered in Semester 2
Please note that the options listed on this webpage should be used as a guide only. Additional discipline areas may be available. For current information about fields of study, course selection and language proficiency requirements, please check the host university's website.
Restricted Fields of Study:

No Law or Health Sciences.

Strict enrolment cap on students enrolling in Humanities courses. 

You will be assigned to a Faculty on the basis of your proposed course selection. On arrival at UCT, you will not be able to change your Faculty.

Postgraduate Business courses offered by Graduate School of Business (GSB) not available for exchange students.

Approximate living expenses:

ZAR 120,000 per year
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Living expenses breakdown

Additional information:

Single-semester exchange only

Limited to 3 students per year

Postgraduate students also accepted. Please check with UQ Abroad before applying.

 

You must attend a 5-day orientation (including course registration) and pay an Exchange Administrative Fee of US$220 (in 2017) to cover orientation, airport transfer, housing placement etc.

A study permit issued by South African consulate is required. Please apply before leaving Australia.

Transcripts are issued in August for Semester 1 and late December for Semester 2.

 

Off-campus accommodation secured by UCT's International Office (A fee of ZAR 3,000 applies to cancellation of residence reservation even if prior to arrival)

Student Housing & Residence Life Handbook 2015

SHAWCO - a student-run volunteer group helping developing communities in the metropolitan Cape Town area 

UCT Promotional Video for Internationalisation

UCT YouTube Channe

Why UCT? - YouTube

The story of UCT

FAST FACTS:

- Bartolomeu Dias, the Portuguese navigator who discovered the Cape of Good Hope and became the first European to make the trip around Africa, named it Cabo das Tormentas (Cape of Storms). However, King John II of Portugal who was keen to encourage others to adopt the new trade route to the East overruled him and tactfully renamed it Cabo da Boa Esperança (Cape of Good Hope).

- Established in 1829, the University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa.  

- If you love music, go to Kirtenbosch Summer Sunset Concert (held every Sunday from November to April) or learn African drumming.

- Send home a photo of you climbing the iconic Table Mountain or standing at the very tip of Cape Point!  

 

What our students say about University of Cape Town
Brittany: University of Cape Town (Semester 2, 2014) Brittany: University of Cape Town (Semester 2, 2014) Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws
Joan: University of Cape Town (Semester 1, 2014) Joan: University of Cape Town (Semester 1, 2014) Master of Business
Charlotte: University of Cape Town (Semester 1, 2014) Charlotte: University of Cape Town (Semester 1, 2014) Masters of Development Practice (Advanced)
Emily: University of Cape Town (Semester 2, 2013) Emily: University of Cape Town (Semester 2, 2013) Bachelor of Arts/Social Science
Emma: University of Cape Town (Semester 2, 2013) Emma: University of Cape Town (Semester 2, 2013) Bachelor of Science/Arts
Emily: University of Cape Town (Semester 2, 2012) Emily: University of Cape Town (Semester 2, 2012) Bachelor of Communication
Sebastian: University of Cape Town (Semester 1, 2012) Sebastian: University of Cape Town (Semester 1, 2012) Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts
Ruby: University of Cape Town (Semester 1, 2011) Ruby: University of Cape Town (Semester 1, 2011) Bachelor of Environmental Management