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Key dates for second semester 2019
We look forward to welcoming the incoming SSA students for our first semester (Jan-June 2019). The recommended dates of arrival are 6,7 or 8 July 2019. Orientation and registration for courses will take place from 9 July to 12 July 2019. Classes will start on 15 July 2019. We recommended that students stay in Cape Town at least until the end of the examination period. The final exam takes place on 15 November 2019. The pre-departure and orientation information will be published on this site in due course.

Applying direct or through a partnership

Students have an option of three routes to access the UCT Semester Study Abroad programme. Different fee structures and regulations may apply according to which route you use to access the programme.

Your options are:

Apply directly

Interested students are welcome to apply directly to the programme. Liaise with your university’s international office for details around your institution’s requirements.  For more information on the UCT SSA programme, email for assistance. 

Application Dates for 2020

The Semester Study Abroad Programme at UCT runs twice a year (*See two semester options available below).

Academic Terms

Application Period

1st Semester 2020
(Feb - June 2020)

5 August 2019 - 31 October 2019

2nd Semester 2020
(July - November 2020)

13 January 2020 - 30 April 2020

Apply through a partner university agreement

UCT has signed mobility agreements with a range of universities worldwide. To find out if we have an agreement with your university you can contact your institution’s international office, or download a full list of our mobility partner universities here.

Apply through our study abroad provider partner organisations

UCT partners with five organisations which facilitate semester study abroad, and other experiences, for foreign students. Click through to individual partner websites to find out more about them.