University Of Cape Town Study Abroad

University Of Cape Town Study Abroad

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa’s oldest university. Established in 1829, it has maintained a proud tradition of academic excellence, which today sees it ranked first in Africa and the only African university consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the world by the most widely recognised ranking systems (Times Higher Education and Quacquarelli Symonds). Renowned for its striking location at the foot of Table Mountain, UCT is a microcosm of the city in its title. It is home to a vibrant, cosmopolitan community of over 27 000 students and 5 000 staff members from over 100 other countries in Africa and abroad.

UCT semester study abroad fast facts

  • UCT is consistently the highest ranked university in Africa.
  • UCT is home to more than 5 000 international students from more than 100 countries.
  • Our semester study abroad programme offers a wide range of mind-expanding and relevant semester courses across five faculties: Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Humanities, Law, and Science.
  • UCT is frequently ranked as one of the most beautiful campuses in the world.
  • Fast, free internet is available on all our campuses.
  • Course credits are easily transferable to your home university.
  • English is the medium of instruction.
  • We provide an orientation programme upon arrival.
  • We help study abroad and exchange students find accommodation.
  • We offer a direct enrolment programme where study abroad and exchange students integrate fully into regular UCT courses.
  • We provide opportunities for you to make a difference by doing volunteer work in and around Cape Town. Work with us to combat socio-economic issues such as:
    •  High levels of inequality
    • Substance abuse
    • Housing shortages
    • Illiteracy and innumeracy
    •  Unequal access to justice
  •  UCT offers great education at a reasonable fee in a world-renowned city with a comparatively low cost of living.


Applying direct or through a partnership

Students have an option of three routes to access the UCT Semester Study Abroad programme. Different fee structures and regulations may apply according to which route you use to access the programme.
Your options are:

Apply directly

Interested students are welcome to apply directly to the programme. Liaise with your university’s international office for details around your institution’s requirements.  For more information on the UCT SSA programme, email for assistance.

Apply through a partner university agreement

UCT has signed mobility agreements with a range of universities worldwide. To find out if we have an agreement with your university you can contact your institution’s international office, or download a full list of our mobility partner universities here.

Apply through our study abroad provider partner organisations

UCT partners with five organisations which facilitate semester study abroad, and other experiences, for foreign students. Click through to individual partner websites to find out more about them.