University of Cape Town

country rank  2
world rank  163

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University Overview

Established in 1918, University of Cape Town is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the large city of Cape Town (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Western Cape. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa, University of Cape Town (UCT) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Cape Town (UCT) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 101 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Acronym UCT
Founded 1918 Origins date back to 1829
Motto Spes Bona
Good Hope

University Location

Address Private Bag
Cape Town (population range: 1,000,000-5,000,000)
7700 Western Cape
South Africa
T +27 (21) 650 9111
F +27 (21) 650 3736

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate Not reported
Admission Office Kramer Law Building
Rondebosch 7700
+27 (21) 650 2128

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 20,000-24,999
Academic Staff 4,000-4,499
Control Type Public
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to University of Cape Town's Library
Housing Not reported
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Not reported
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Not reported


Institutional Accreditation

Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa

Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD-EQUIS)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Universities South Africa (USA)
  • Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC)
  • Open Education Consortium (OEC)

Academic Structure


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Site last updated: Monday, 5 August 2019