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University of Cape Town

South Africa

103rd US-News World Ranking

University of Cape Town History

The University of Cape Town is a public university located in Cape Town, South Africa. It is one of the oldest and leading universities in the country for education and research. The university has earned the name 'Moscow of the Hill' for its sustained opposition to the system of racial segregation. The university was founded in the year 1829 as South African College and is now a co-educational university with more than 30,000 students.

University of Cape Town Programs, Courses, and Schools

The University of Cape Town was the first university to start with the department of Mineralogy and Geology to meet the need of the emerging country of diamond and gold mines. The university is divided into 6 departments focusing on Commerce, Law, Science, Humanities, Built Environment, and Health Sciences. The university has a separate school known as Graduate School of Business and is considered a part of commerce faculty.

The University of Cape Town offers a wide range of courses for students such as Drama, Pediatrics and Child Health, Oceanography, Political Studies, Psychology, Environmental and Geographical Science, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, and Health and Rehabilitation Science at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level.

University of Cape Town Campuses

The University of Cape Town has a huge campus area where students are offered accommodation, clubs, societies, sports, and other recreational activities. There are 40 sports options and 100 social societies and clubs to join. The university sports teams are known for the rugby game and they are known as the ‘keys’ by other universities. In total, the university has around 9000 students enrolled in sports.

The University of Cape Town also provides free transport service to the staff and students to and from the university campus and an average of 2, 00,000 trips are made by the buses each year. The university has a huge library with 1.2 millions of books. ‘Varsity’ is an official student’s newspaper to keep the students updated with the ongoing events in the university.

University of Cape Town Achievements

The University of Cape Town has been ranked 1st amongst the South African universities and 141st internationally by the QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The university is one of the topmost African universities is a member of The Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), within the World Economic Forum.

The former students of the university have won Noble prize in research and development programs for developing a vaccine against yellow fever and X-ray computed tomography.

University of Cape Town USP

The University of Cape Town is not very selective and has a high acceptance rate. The university offers Postdoctoral research fellowship given by the National Research Foundation every year to the students on a meritorious basis.

The University of Cape Town has developed research programs focusing on Digital learning and is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The research projects include Digital Scholarship in Emerging Knowledge Domains and Open Data in the Governance of South African Higher Education and Scholarly Communication in Africa.

University of Cape Town Notable Alumni

Alex Ferns (Actor), Baleka Mbete (Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa), David Lewis-Williams (Archaeologist), and Roger Ebert (American film critic).

Application Requirements

Application Requirements

Average Academic Score

3
GPA
30
IB
68
Percentage

Cost

Fees

Fees may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific fees.

Deadlines

Bachelors: First Semester- November 15, Second Semester- April 30

Masters: First Semester- November 15, Second Semester- April 30

Deadlines may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific deadlines.

University of Cape Town Rankings

Global

103
US News
220
QS
201 -300
Shanghai
155
Times Higher Education
200
Guardian
161
GTU Rank

Regional

South Africa
1
US News
1 -2
Shanghai

Regional

Africa
1
US News
1
Times Higher Education

Regional

BRICS
22
QS

Regional

Emerging Economies
9
Times Higher Education
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University Stats

University Stats
27750

Students

University Stats
17250

Undergraduates

University Stats
10500

Postgraduate

University Stats
1200

Faculty Strength

University Stats
23

Student Faculty Ratio

University Stats
R
75000

Tuition Fees

University Stats
R
65000

Living Cost

University Stats
3

Avg. GPA

University Stats
30

Avg. IB

University Stats
68
%

Avg. Percentage

University Stats
1120

Avg. SAT

University Stats
7

Avg. IELTS

* All cost are in ZAR

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Cape Town City Centre, ,South Africa

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