Study Abroad at the University of Cape Town

  • The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions.

  • With a population of more than 20,000 about 15%, or 4,000, are international students.

  • The campus is located on the side of the mountain with views of the city and harbor calling from every vantage point.

  • UCT is the closest institution to the city of Cape Town and is accessible by public transport as well as the campus transit service.


UCT is a truly comprehensive institution with outstanding scholarship and faculty in every school within the university, but its history is linked to science, engineering, and commerce and those faculties still excel. For this reason, UCT offers an exceptional opportunity for business, science and engineering majors to spend a semester or year of study taking courses in English and remaining on schedule toward graduation.

The Faculties of Engineering and the Built Environment offer courses in a full range of subjects and majors including computer engineering and architecture. The Faculty of Commerce provides an opportunity for students to study economics and finance, accounting, management, marketing, and even organizational psychology. Science is another faculty where study abroad students can learn from some of the foremost international researchers on subjects such as astronomy, environmental and geographical sciences, and zoology.

In addition to the aforementioned disciplines, Arcadia students may also consider subject areas such as: Finance and Game Theory, Human Resource Management, Pre-Law, Film and Media Studies, Philosophy, Education, Chemistry, Music and Creative Writing.

A typical course load normally consists of 2-3 UCT courses, depending on the particular courses chosen. Students will earn 14-18 credits per semester. In addition to your coursework at the university, all students are required to participate in the core course, "Introducing South Africa: History, Politics and Culture," which is intended to provide a forum for reflection and analysis on current issues and challenges facing South Africans.

Contact a Past ParticipantCredits

Study abroad students take 14-18 credits worth of courses per semester, including the core course.

  • Fall semester: 14-18 credits
  • Spring semester: 14-18 credits
  • Academic Year: 28-36 credits

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall and Full Year: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: March 31