University of Cape Town


The Western Cape region of South Africa's capital city of Cape Town, is home to the public research institution known as the University of Cape Town (UCT). The oldest higher education institution in South Africa is UCT, established in 1829 as the South African College. Together with Stellenbosch University, which obtained full university status on the same day in 1918, it is the oldest university in South Africa. Also, it is the oldest institution of higher learning still operating in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Fifty-seven departments across six faculties make up UCT, which only awards degrees in the English language from bachelor's (NQF 7) to doctoral (NQF 10) levels. The National Research Foundation of South Africa has rated 35 UCT employees as A-rated researchers as of March 2020.

Six campuses are spread across the Capetonian suburbs of Mowbray, Rondebosch, Observatory, Hiddingh, and the Waterfront.


There are between 29,000 and 30,000 students at the university. There are 16,530 undergraduates and 11,193 graduate students. At UCT, 15% of international students from more than 105 nations pursue degrees or exchange programmes. Those interested in studying abroad can take courses through the faculties of business, engineering & the built environment, humanities, law, and science. 

International and refugee students can apply for several scholarships each year to study postgraduate at UCT in any field. Senior candidates are given preference when awarding these scholarships, which are offered on a competitive basis. The application process must be rigorously followed, as there is only one application invite each year.

If you are planning to head for UCT as an international student, you should learn about their Study Visa. Also, get to know about their Work Visa if you might opt to do job during your stay. You may wan to know about other high ranked university in Cape Town which is University of the Western Cape.


Both on and off campus, UCT offers a variety of housing options for undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 19 student residences, or "res" as they are referred to informally, that provide living for single and mixed-gender students.

The residence system at UCT is divided into three tiers. According to the amount of time a student has spent in the residence system, the amount of time they have spent studying at the university, and the amount of service or part-time work they have done in residence, they are assigned to a tier. Students are promoted to a higher tier as they advance in their academic careers. Unless they work in lower-tier houses, postgraduate students often live in third-tier housing. Different dormitories might provide accommodations for students with disabilities.


The University of Cape Town (UCT), consistently ranked first among South Africa's top universities, is ranked 22nd in the BRICS rankings and joint-200th globally, with scores in the top 15 of BRICS for both the academic and employee reputation categories. Its faculties of law, medicine, and commerce are frequently ranked among the top 100 worldwide. It is the sole member of the GULF (Global University Leaders Forum) from Africa.


University of Cape Town
Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa

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