University of Cape Town

Cape Town
South Africa

Language of instruction

English

Located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak in Cape Town, the University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa.

The University is located close to iconic tourist destinations including Table Mountain and Cape Point. Music lovers can enjoy the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert, which is held every Sunday from November to April. 

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 1 February–June
Semester 2 Semester 2 July–November

* Students are only able to participate in a single semester of exchange at the University of Cape Town. 

View UCT's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

UCT has online resources to help you get the most out of your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

72 HEQF credits per semester is equivalent to 8 UQ units. 

Minimum academic requirements

You need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at the University of Cape Town.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the University of Cape Town's course catalogue.

    Study areas taught in English

    Undergraduate
    Architecture
    Advertising
    Business information systems
    Economics
    Finance
    Human resources
    Marketing
    Chemical engineering
    Civil and structural engineering
    Electrical engineering
    Mechanical engineering
    Social work
    Anthropology
    Archaeology
    Communication, digital media and PR
    English
    English literature
    Film, TV and media
    History and ancient history
    International relations
    Music
    Philosophy
    Political science
    Public policy
    Religion
    Sociology
    Computer science
    Chinese
    French
    German
    Italian
    Linguistics
    Spanish
    Psychology
    Biological sciences
    Chemistry and biochemistry
    Earth sciences
    Environmental studies
    Mathematics and statistics
    Physics
    Postgraduate
    Architecture
    Event, hospitality, hotel and tourism management
    Chemical engineering
    Civil and structural engineering
    Electrical engineering
    Mechanical engineering
    Social work
    Anthropology
    Archaeology
    Communication, digital media and PR
    Development
    English
    English literature
    Film, TV and media
    History and ancient history
    International relations
    Music
    Peace and conflict studies
    Philosophy
    Political science
    Public policy
    Religion
    Sociology
    Linguistics
    Psychology
    Biological sciences
    Chemistry and biochemistry
    Earth sciences
    Environmental studies
    Mathematics and statistics
    Physics

    Course restrictions

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

    There are limited places available for students who want to enrol 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.

    Additional academic information

    Course numbering at UCT:
    The first number in a course code indicates the level of the course and how difficult it might be.
    • 1 = First year course
    • 2 = Second year course
    • 3 = Third year course
    The letter at the end of a course code indicates the semester the course is offered. 
    • F = offered in semester 1 (First)
    • S= offered in semester 2 (Second)
    • H & W = offered in both semesters

    Exchange deadlines

    May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

    October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

    Accommodation

    The University of Cape Town has both on- and off-campus options available. Semester study abroad students may apply to be placed in one of the University’s residence halls (on-campus), or in furnished and secure private accommodation (off-campus).

    Find accommodation options.

    Cost of living

    View a breakdown of the average cost of living in Cape Town. 

    Additional costs

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

    *Last updated 2017

    Financial support

    A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

    Insurance

    Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

    For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

    If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

    Exchange deadlines

    May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

    October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

    Organise your visa

    It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

    You will be required to apply for a study permit issued by the South African consulate. You will need to apply prior to your departure. 

    UCT provide further information about visas and immigration for international students.

    Travel risk levels

    The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

    If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

    Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

    Register your travel plans

    We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

    Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

    Exchange deadlines

    May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

    October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.