The Guide to South African Higher Education | 18th Edition

University of Cape Town

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Location and Campuses

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is located at the tip of Africa in the city whose name it bears and is frequently ranked as having one of the most beautiful campuses in the world.

UCT is ranked the best University in Africa and sits in the top 200 universities in the world.

South Africa's oldest university, UCT was established in 1829 and has maintained a proud tradition of academic excellence, which today sees it ranked among the world's leading teaching and research institutes.

The university has four sites:

  1. The Groote Schuur Campus is situated on the slopes of Devil’s Peak in the suburb of Rondebosch.
  2. The Medical Campus is situated in the suburb of Observatory and is the home to the Faculty of Health Sciences.
  3. The Hiddingh Campus is situated in the suburb of Gardens close to the Cape Town city centre.
  4. The Breakwater Campus is situated at the popular V&A Waterfront.

UCT is ranked 3rd in the world in ornithology and 4th in the world in area studies according to the 2017 Center for World University Rankings, and 11th in the world in development studies according to the 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings by Subject.


UCT has six faculties comprised of:

  • Commerce – including the Graduate School of Business
  • Engineering & the Built Environment
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Science

These faculties’ work is supported by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), which incorporates UCT’s Academic Development Programme, focused on areas such as;

  • Research
  • Internationalisation at UCT

University of Cape Town

International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO)
Locations: Main Office - Level 3, Masingene Building, Cross Campus Road, Middle Campus, 7700

Phone: 021 650 2822 / 3740
Fax: 021 650 5667
IAPO Website:
Facebook: IAPO @ UCT
Twitter: @IAPOatUCT
Global Short-Term Academic Programmes:
Semester Study Abroad:

Admissions Office
Location: Level 4, Masingene Building, Cross Campus Road, Middle Campus, 7700
Phone: 021 650 2128
Fax: 021 650 3736
Online applications:

For more information about UCT, visit

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