Founded in 1959, the University of the Western Cape is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the small city of Bellville (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Western Cape. Officially recognized by the Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa, University of the Western Cape (UWC) is a large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational South African higher education institution. University of the Western Cape (UWC) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor's degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 64-year-old South African higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 50-59% making this South African higher education organization an averagely selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. UWC also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.
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|Name||University of the Western Cape|
Look to the future, learn from the past
|Colours||Blue and gold|
|Address||Private Bag X17
7535 Western Cape
|Tel||+27 (21) 959 2911|
|Fax||+27 (21) 959 3126|
What is the difference between generalist and specialized universities? learn more
Generalist universities offer a broad range of subjects and courses that allow students to explore different fields of study, or study areas, before choosing a major. They also provide students with a well-rounded education that can be applied to many different careers. On the other hand, specialized universities focus on a specific field of study and offer more in-depth courses and training in that field. This can be beneficial for students who know exactly what they want to do and want to gain specialized knowledge and skills in their chosen field.
Most higher education institutions offer a range of degree levels, from undergraduate to postgraduate degrees. However, some universities may offer more degree levels than others. In particular, larger-sized universities usually offer a wider selection of undergraduate and postgraduate degree types and levels.
The following uniRank Study Areas/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main study areas and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This uniRank table aims to help quickly identify the University of the Western Cape's academic range and degree level offering.
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What are University programs and courses? learn more
University programs and courses are academic programs of study offered by universities, colleges and other higher education institutions. These programs and courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a particular field of study or career. In many countries, the terms "university courses" and "university programs" are used interchangeably whereas in the US university programs usually consist of a set of required courses that cover the fundamental concepts and principles of a field of study, as well as a selection of elective courses that allow students to specialize in a particular area of interest.
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Yearly tuition refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study... learn more
However, the cost of yearly tuition can vary widely depending on the University of the Western Cape's program of study, the specific type of degree, the student's residency status and other criteria. Moreover, tuition is just one component of the overall cost of attending university. Other expenses, such as room and board, textbooks and personal expenses can add significantly to the total cost of attendance and depends on South Africa's cost of living.
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Admission is the first step towards achieving students' academic and career goals and accessing the many opportunities and resources that a university has to offer... learn more
Admission policies may change by country, type of higher education institution and the specific programs or majors offered by the institution. Prospective students should carefully review the admission policies and requirements of each institution they are considering to determine their eligibility and, if the institution is selective and does not have an open admission policy, prepare a strong application.
uniRank publishes below an overview of the most important information about the University of the Western Cape's admission policy and statistics.
uniRank publishes below some basic admission information for the University of the Western Cape.
This institution admits Men and Women (coed).
Has the University of the Western Cape a selective admission policy? Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades.
University of the Western Cape's acceptance rate range is 50-59% making this institution an averagely selective higher education institution.
International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.
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University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university or assessing its value. Here are some potential reasons why... learn more
Overall, the importance of university size and profile can vary depending on the student's individual goals, beliefs and priorities. It is important to consider these factors along with other important criteria, such as academic programs, location, cost and university culture.
uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for the University of the Western Cape.
University of the Western Cape has a student enrollment range of 15,000-19,999 making it a large-sized institution.
This institution has a range of 1,000-1,499 academic employees (Faculty).
University of the Western Cape is a public higher education institution.
University of the Western Cape is a non-profit higher education institution.
This institution adopts a Semesters type of academic calendar.
This institution's main campus is located in a Suburban setting.
The University of the Western Cape does not have any religious affiliation.
What are University facilities and services and what facilities and services does the University of the Western Cape offer? learn more
University facilities and services refer to the physical infrastructure and resources provided by a university to support its academic and research activities, as well as the well-being of its students, faculty and staff. Some examples of university facilities and services are classrooms and lecture halls, libraries, laboratories, housing, dining services, health services, sports and fitness facilities, financial aids, career or academic counseling services, technology and computing resources, distance learning and study abroad services.
uniRank provides below an overview of the facilities and services offered by the University of the Western Cape.
This institution has a physical Library for its students.
This higher education institution provides on-campus residences or dormitories and/or off-campus accommodation to its students.
This institution has sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.
This higher education institution offers one or more types of financial aid (i.e. scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid, etc.) for eligible students.
This institution provides study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.
This higher education institution offers a distance learning mode for some programs or courses.
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There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system... learn more
uniRank provides, for each University, the name of the organization that has officially granted institutional legal recognition or accreditation. For some Universities uniRank also provides a list of programmatic or specialized accreditations that, however, might be not complete or up-to-date.
The University of the Western Cape is legally recognized and/or accredited by: Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa
Year of first Recognition or Accreditation
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University memberships and affiliations to external organizations can be important for several reasons... learn more
Overall, university memberships and affiliations can provide a range of benefits for Universities and its stakeholders (students, faculty and staff), including collaboration and networking opportunities, access to resources, quality assurance, recognition, reputation and internationalization.
uniRank publishes the following list of the most important University of the Western Cape 's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.
Most higher education institutions' first-level academic divisions are, depending on the country, one of the following... learn more
Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of disciplines and study areas a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure.
uniRank provides below a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the University of the Western Cape 's organizational structure; feel free to submit any relevant missing division.
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Social media can be a powerful tool for Universities to communicate with current students, alumni, faculty, staff and the wider community. But how can social media be important for prospective students? learn more
Here are some ways in which the official University of the Western Cape's social media channels can help potential students to understand and assess this or any university:
Overall, social media can provide valuable insights to prospective students and other stakeholders into the University of the Western Cape's profile and level of engagement.
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