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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Carol Lebold Who Can Apply?: UMA Only
Fields of Study: African Studies, Anthropology, Architecture and Design, Art, Art History, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communication Disorders, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering, Dance, Earth Systems, Ecology, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, English, Environmental Design, Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Film Studies, Finance & Operations Management, French & Francophone Studies, Geography, Geology, Hebrew, History, Legal Studies, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Resource Economics, Science, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, Sustainability Studies, Theater, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Host Institution: University of Cape Town
Language(s) of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 3
Additional Requirements: 1 course in African Studies, but not required Program Type: Community Service Learning, Direct Enrollment, Exchange, Volunteer Component
In Classes With: Mostly Host Country Students Minimum Class Standing: 2nd Sem Sophomore
Application Includes: UCT online application Housing: Apartment
Program Description:


** Please watch the "Welcome to UCT" video! **

Study Abroad UCT website

Program Overview/Academics

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a comprehensive, public university offering a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. It has six faculties (Commerce, Engineering and the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law and Science). The university community comprises more than 16,000 students and 4,500 members of staff. Particular emphasis is placed on postgraduate studies and 30% of its students are enrolled in postgraduate programs. UCT is internationally recognized as Africa's leading research university, a position confirmed by independent peer review. In addition to the Groote Schuur Campus, UCT has three smaller campuses: the Medical School in Observatory, the Hiddingh Campus in the Gardens, and the Breakwater Campus at the Waterfront.


University of Cape TownCape Town is known as the Mother City of Africa and the Western Cape, an area which is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The city is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Bushman and Hottentot tribes, and the Bantu tribes from the north. The impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by the legendary Devil's Peak and historical Signal Hill, stands proudly above the city. Beautiful white sandy beaches along a peaceful coastline frame the Cape Peninsula, which is famed for its unique floral kingdom, bountiful rivers, vleis and dams and magnificent countryside. The surrounding area extends far into the winelands, green in summer and red-gold in autumn. Cape Town is a city of culture, built on a history that reflects in the architecture, cuisine, music and dance. It enjoys a warm summer and temperate winter climate, and a friendly community.

The main teaching campus, known as the Upper Campus, is located on the slopes of Devil's Peak. This campus contains in a relatively compact site the faculties of Science, Engineering, Commerce, and most of the faculty of Humanities, as well as the residences Smuts Hall and Fuller Hall. Upper Campus is centered on Jameson Hall, the location for graduation and other ceremonial events, as well as many examinations. The original buildings and layout of Upper Campus were designed by JM Solomon and built between 1928 and 1930. Since that time, many more buildings have been added as the university has grown.

Contiguous with Upper Campus, but separated from it by university sports fields and the M3 freeway, are the Middle and Lower Campuses. These campuses, which are distributed through the suburbs of Rondebosch, Rosebank and Mowbray, contain the Law faculty, the South African College of Music, most of the student residences, most of the university administrative offices, and many sporting facilities. The Upper, Middle and Lower Campuses together are often referred to as the "main campus" or the "Rondebosch Campus".

Living Arrangements

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. The International Office at UCT knows how important comfortable, secure and convenient accommodation is to making your study abroad experience a success. Unfortunately, the University of Cape Town does not have enough dormitory/residence space available to accommodate all study abroad students in campus housing. The UCT International Programs has made arrangements with reputable private landlords to secure places in houses/buildings within close walking distance of the campus. Housing is guaranteed for UMass Amherst students, provided the Housing Choice UCT Form is completed, once students are accepted.


UCT is strong in most disciplines. To confirm courses offered, please view specific Faculty Handbooks on the UCT website.

How to Apply


1. Umass Amherst application through IPO - follow checklist on your IPO online account. This will also link you to the UCT online application system.

2. UCT SPECIFIC APPLICATION: online on the UCT website., with a "Guideline for Applying"

NOTE: Students will need to list courses on the UCT Application. To find courses, please refer to the Faculty Handbooks & Courses found on the UCT website.


SEE BUDGET SHEETS by clicking on Budget at top of this page. Program Fee includes: Tuition, Mandatory Fees, Travel Insurance, Housing, Orientation, Airport Pick-up

Not included: Meals, RT airfare, Passport/Visas, Misc (laundry, internet, books), Local Travel, Personal Expenses (estimate of additional costs found on budget page)

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2019 12/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA
Spring 2019 12/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.