University Of Cape Town Distance Learning
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
- Centre for Extra-Mural Studies
- UCT Law @ Work
- UCT English Language Centre
- Continuing Education Unit Health
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.
Centre for Extra-Mural Studies
The Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS) contributes to the university’s social responsiveness by supporting students and making academic and university resources available to a wider range of participants. The EMS provides a range of courses and learning opportunities for local and overseas university students as well as participants from commerce and industry, government departments, non-governmental organisations and the general public.
EMS coordinates the annual Summer School, short courses for the general public, continuing education courses for working people, Third Term credit-bearing courses for current UCT students and specialised programmes for visiting international student groups.
- LSE-UCT July School
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) offer the LSE-UCT July School for 2 weeks every year. This innovative and prestigious ‘summer school’-style programme provides students, graduates and professionals from across the globe with an exciting opportunity to study important social science issues relevant to Africa today. Subject areas include international relations, economics, management, government, geography, law, media and social policy.
- Summer School
The annual Summer School runs for 2 weeks in January each year and is the largest public education programme of its kind in South Africa, regularly attracting around 3 000 people. Summer School offers courses on a range of topics from arts, humanities and current issues to the physical and environmental sciences and aims to make specialised knowledge accessible to a wide audience, regardless of educational qualifications. These courses are for non-degree purposes and do not involve examinations or certification, though written or practical projects and reading may be required. The programme is available from October each year on the Summer School website.