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What do I need?

To qualify for UCT’s Semester Study Abroad programme, you need:

  • to be proficient in English: students whose first language is not English, and/or who have studied in a language other than English, must prove proficiency through a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum scores required are:
    • Internet-based TOEFL: 88 points
    • IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 and no individual score less than 6.0;
  • have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to qualify if you are applying from an institution in the United States (US); if you are applying from outside the US, you will be assessed based on your transcript (submitted during the application process);
  • be in the process of completing, or have completed, your third semester at your home institution before coming to UCT. You should remain registered at your home institution during your time at UCT.

Your apply to UCT through an online portal, where you can save your application and come back to it as you need.

What documents do I need?

To complete the application in full you will need the following:

  • your most recent official academic transcripts. For transcripts that are not in English, a certified English translation must accompany the non-English version of the transcript. This translation must be done by a sworn translator and then endorsed as a true copy by an authorised person;
  • If you are applying for a graduate-level (4000+ level, known as postgraduate in South Africa) course you will need to attach your undergraduate transcript and/or undergraduate degree certificate.
  • If English is not your first language, or if you have studied in a language other than English, you will need to provide proof of English proficiency with suitable test scores (see  section above).
  • You will need to specify which courses you wish to take during your semester at UCT. For this you will need the faculty handbooks so you can look up the relevant course codes. Click here to choose your courses and download the relevant faculty handbook.

As of 1 January 2018, all international students will only be able to register for their UCT courses if they are in possession of medical insurance from a South African Medical aid scheme, according to the Medical Aids Act 13 of 2002.