Due to Cape Town's extensive history as a port city, Cape Town's 3 million people are a blend of African, European, and Asian heritage and tradition. Cape Town is vastly diverse in landscape, people, and activities. You will find no shortage of things to do and learn in Cape Town.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a well-established and well-respected South African university. It was founded in 1826 and is the oldest university in South Africa. It is a leader in teaching and research in the country.
UCT is situated on a hillside slope of Table Top Mountain with views of the ocean and easy access to both the mountain and the water.
At the University of Cape Town (UCT), you will take classes with South African undergraduate students. What we think of as academic divisions in the U.S. are called "Faculties" in South Africa. You can choose courses in departments within the following faculties: Commerce, Engineering and the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities,
Applicants who are currently completing their undergraduate degree are only permitted to select undergraduate courses at UCT (i.e. 1000, 2000 and 3000 level course codes as offered in the faculty handbooks). Applicants who are currently completing their graduate degree are permitted to select a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses (i.e. graduate courses which have 4000 and 5000 level course codes).
**Depending upon prerequisite requirements and/or selectivity criteria in specific departments, you may not be eligible to take certain classes. The International Office at UCT will assist you in determining your eligibility. However, it is always a good idea to choose 2nd and 3rd choices for each class you would like to take.**
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International students make up about 20% of the population at UCT.
On campus, you can easily get involved in one of UCT's over 100 student organizations
or take in one of UCT's top-notch art exhibits or dance or theatre performances
. UCT also has a large number of sports clubs
which you can join.
When in Cape Town, many students take advantage of the local attractions, such as Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned), the Cape Winelands, the Boulders Penguin Colony, the Cape Peninsula National Park (where you can see animals like baboons, buck, Cape Mountain zebra, and alarge variety of birds), or Table Mountain, among others.
The IAPO team will assist you in arranging accommodation before your arrival in Cape Town. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCT offers limited on-campus accommodation. Those who choose on-campus accommodation enjoy a diverse residence life and are conveniently located close to campus. A range of off-campus accommodation options is also available. Working with its partner, EduBed, the university provides students with a wide variety of high-quality, secure, suitably furnished private accommodation within walking distance of the campus or a UCT Jammie shuttle route. Once you have been accepted to study at UCT, you will receive an invitation to visit the Edubed website to view the available accommodation. Edubed is a closed site and is only available to students by invitation.
Foreign Entry Requirements
To enter South Africa, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site
for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.
All students planning on studying in South Africa are required to obtain a study visa before leaving their home country. The South African Consulate or Embassy is the only place that issues this study visa. It is essential that you refer to the application details on their website and apply as early as possible. It can take up to eight weeks to get a visa.
Contact the nearest South African Consulate or Embassy in your home country for further details about the requirements and cost of the study visa, as requirements may vary from one consulate to another or change altogether: www.dirco.gov.za/webmissions/index.html
. Please note that students with a study visa must purchase medical aid from a recognized South African medical aid scheme for the full duration of the study visa.
Travel Document Systems (TDS)
can also provide you with helpful information on every country, including entry requirements, cultural information, travel conditions, economy, and more.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet
. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **
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