As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Cape Town is a historic, cosmopolitan city with a vibrant multicultural atmosphere and a host of arts, sports and leisure activities.
The University of Cape Town was founded in 1829 as South African College and is a vibrant academic community of 18,000 students and 4,500 members of staff. UCT's outstanding record in teaching and research is responsible for attracting talented students from all over the world. Currently UCT is host to over 3,000 international students from over 92 different countries.
During the period of apartheid, UCT was designated as a "whites only" institution. However, today's campus has been transformed to reflect the diversity of the entire South African population. The mission of UCT is to recognize its location in Africa and its historical context, to claim its place in the international community of scholars, and to strive to transcend the legacy of apartheid in South Africa to overcome all forms of gender and other oppressive discrimination.
The main campus occupies one of the most beautiful spots on the Cape peninsula, on the slopes of Table Mountain. This vantage point offers gorgeous panoramic views and easy access to the beaches, mountains, and city center of Cape Town.
Students are encouraged to engage in community service through SHAWCO, the Student's Health and Welfare Centres Organisation. SHAWCO is a student-run NGO that strives to improve the quality of life for individuals in developing communities within the Cape Metropolitan area. SHAWCO has over 1200 volunteers running over 15 health and education projects in 5 centers throughout the area.
UCT has the following scheme for courses. Courses that end in:
F = first semester (NC State Spring)
S = second semester (NC State Fall)
W = whole year
H = half load course over whole year
Z = consult UCT Study Abroad Office for details
Study abroad students at UCT are permitted to enroll in up to four courses per term. UCT uses the NQF credit system. A typical course is worth 18, 24, or 36 NQF's. One NQF = 0.222 U.S. semester credits. The usual course load for study abroad students is 72 NQF's, which equals approximately 16 U.S. credits.
Semester study abroad students may take courses from the following faculties* (colleges) at UCT:
Engineering & the Built Environment
*NOTE: students are not permitted to take courses from the faculty of "Health Sciences"
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at UCT. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the UCT website for all courses available to study abroad students.
Program participants are housed with other international students in shared houses or apartments close to campus. Students will receive detailed accommodation options from UCT upon program acceptance. Click here for further international student accommodation details.
Apply for a passport ASAP. If you already have a passport, make sure that it will be valid for 6 months after you return from your program. UCT will help you with the visa process. Click here for more information.
Note: This is a non-exchange direct enroll program, which means that students will pay UCT tuition and fees for the semester abroad, rather than NCSU tuition and fees. See Budget Sheet link for program costs. Cost information is shown in the budget link, above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad.For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad. You can also refer to UCT's website for more info on living costs.
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details. Contact us: email@example.com. Information on this site may have been taken from the host university's webpage. Such information is copyright of that university.