Located at the foot of Table Mountain, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is the oldest university in South Africa. Home to over 20,000 students, UCT has 60 departments within six facilities: commerce, engineering & the built environment, law, health sciences, humanities, and sciences. UCT cultivates its commitment to the surrounding communities, striving to improve the quality of life in the Western Cape by shaping teaching, research, and outreach programs that address the social, economic, and political issues of the region.
In addition, the university’s sports facilities make it a popular venue for club and league sports, including the famous Two Oceans Marathon.
UCT enrollment is open to students in the humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and business. Courses of particular interest to international students address local content and focus on the African continent. These courses are grouped according to the following themes: historical perspectives, development and democracy, southern African environments, and cultural Africa.
Ida Cooper Associates
BC Resident Director - BC in Cape Town
International Academic Programs Office (IAPO)
Level 3, Masingere Building
Cross Campus Rd,
Cape Town 7700
Students are fully integrated into the University of Cape Town. Students choose courses across the UCT curriculum. Students generally take 3-4 courses per semester. Academic at UCT are more independent than BC. Students are expected to do more independent reading and research. Grades are generally determine by a few assignments and often included a final paper or exam worth the majority of a student's grade.
UCT Course Information
Self-catering student housing within close proximity of UCT’s lower, middle and upper campuses is available to BC students. Well-equipped and fully furnished apartments, rooms adjoining family homes, garden cottages on the grounds of family homes, with other US or international students are possible accommodations. A list of available choices is included in the housing form you complete with your application. There is a limited number of single rooms available.
Students will choose the housing arrangement of their choice and fill out the housing form. In the section that reads “Special Comments,” please include a brief paragraph describing interests, hobbies, and expectations for housing in South Africa. Ms. Ida Cooper will do her best to accommodate students’ preferences.
All accommodations are fully furnished and include basic bedroom furnishings (bed, desk, chair, cupboard); bedding and bed linen (pillow, duvet, blanket); kitchen equipment, (including cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils); fridge, stove, and a furnished communal living area. Most houses have laundry facilities and those that don’t either have a laundry service or are located close to a laundromat.
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-July and ends in mid-November.
- Spring Term: Starts in late January and ends in early June.*
* Please note that students studying in the BC fall semester are attending UCT during UCT's spring (second) semester; Student abroad in the BC spring semester are entering UCT's first (fall) semester.
There are over 100 sport and recreational clubs on campus. Facilities include tennis and squash courts, a swimming pool, playing fields, and a gym. Over 60 cultural, religious, and special interest societies also exist at UCT - ranging from an animal activist group, chess club, ballroom dancing club, drama club, film group, botany club, choir, and reggae appreciation society.
SHAWCO is an innovative student community service organization whose vision is to improve the quality of life of those in developing communities within the Cape Town area. A certificate of participation is issued at the end of the semester if a minimum of 35 hours of service has been completed. Details on these organizations will be provided during orientation.