University of Cape Town

City: Cape Town
Language of instruction: English

The University of Cape Town is a vibrant academic community of some 17 500 undergraduate students and 4 500 members of staff. The main campus occupies a beautiful site on the slopes of Table Mountain. It is a comprehensive university offering a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

The university is also a major centre for research and it has exchange agreements and links with universities on the African continent and throughout the world.

UCT's well-equipped campuses and residences provide excellent living and learning environments in beautiful surroundings on the slopes of Devil's Peak and elsewhere on the Cape Peninsula. They provide ideal facilities for students wishing to benefit from full-time study at one of Africa's leading universities

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Partner university's areas of study


Notes on Language of Instruction




Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)

Term dates

UCT semester 1: February to June

UCT semester 2: July to December


View the academic calendar

What term to list on your Go Global Application:

Term 1: if planning to take UCT's semester 2

Term 2: if planning to take UCT's semester 1

Full year: if planning to take UCT's semester 2 and then take UCT's Semester 1

Split Year: if planning to take UCT's semester 1 and then take UCT's semester 2

Student visa information

Once a student's acceptance is received from UCT, the visa process should begin immediately to avoid any delays.

Courses + Transfer Credits


Passing grade


Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Study abroad (pay to partner university)

Course information and restrictions

In accordance with UCT policy, we will continue to manage the enrolment in the Humanities and Science courses. We will continue to communicate directly with you if there are any changes to your capped enrolment limits for these faculties.
Courses are offered by the Faculties, and the course descriptions and codes can be accessed online by referring to the faculty handbooks
As part of the application process, students will be assigned to a Faculty (on the basis of a conditional acceptance of their proposed course selection). Course pre-approvals will be communicated to you in the usual way and a Conditional Study Offer letter will confirm the Faculty a student has been assigned to. On arrival at UCT, students will be able to change their course choices if necessary (as in the past) but they will not be able to change their Faculty. So, a student who has been admitted to the Science Faculty must continue to take at least 2 courses in the Science Faculty on registration. No Faculty changes will be permitted on registration. This is to ensure that we do not exceed the limits set by the respective faculties.

This information is subject to change. When selecting courses, ensure that they are available in the semester for which you are applying. Ultimately, students are responsible for researching applicable course restrictions.

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Politics of Africa and the Global South
Partner course code: POL 3029
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-18
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Subjects to Citizens? South Africa Since 1900
Partner course code: HST 2043S
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-29
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International Organisations
Partner course code: POLI 2041S
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-02
UBC course: SOCI 250
Partner course code: PBL 2800F
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-05
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. Some exceptions may apply.

This is an exchange opportunity where fees are paid to UBC; however, in cases of high demand there may be opportunities for students not selected to go on exchange to attend on a Study Abroad basis (fees paid directly to UCT).

Students going in 'Study Abroad' spots should note the following:

1. You will not be eligible for AMS healthcare coverage during your studies at UCT and will need to make your own health insurance arrangements.

2. If applying for student loans, UCT needs to confirm your loan rather than UBC.


UCT Council met on 31 August 2013 and confirmed that the fee for the Semester Study Abroad programme has increased to $6000 USD per semester in 2014.
The exchanges administration fee, charged to all students coming to UCT on tuition-waived exchanges, will remain at USD$200 in 2014. In most cases we bill students directly for this fee, unless otherwise arranged centrally with your office.
Unfortunately we are unable to accurately predict the cost of accommodation this far in advance, but anticipate that it will continue to rise every year. We work with the house and flat owners to keep costs as low as possible, and will keep you informed in due course. As a guideline for 2014, single rooms in fully-furnished, conveniently accessible and secure houses and flats will likely cost between USD$2250 – USD$2800 per five month stay (January – June semester 2014).

This information is subject to change.

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

As on-campus dormitory / residence space is so scarce at UCT, the IAPO has sourced suitable off-campus accommodation with reputable landlords. You will need to pay a non-refundable ZAR 3000 housing deposit to secure a place. This amount, however, is deductible from the total rental amount that will be due by you for the semester's accommodation. If you do not pay this housing deposit, accommodation will not be secured on your behalf. Landlords "sell" the accommodation in blocks of five months and it is not possible to have a shorter lease than this. For bookings, please visit the website below and complete the housing choice form.

Housing application forms may be submitted at the same time as the academic application forms, to speed up processes.

Information on Accommodation

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