University of Cape Town Online Application 2020

UCT is ranked as the number 1 university in Africa and is well-known throughout the world. They have 6 campuses throughout Cape Town, with the main campus sitting on the foot of Table Mountain.

Apply To Study At UCT

University of Cape Town online Application 2020 : To apply to the University of Cape Town , you need the documents below :

1) A certified copy of the green bar coded ID

2) Proof of payment of any relevant application fees

3) Certified copy of grade 11 results and any latest grade 12 results

For a full list of tips to remember before you apply, See Application Checklist. Applicants must check individual further requirements for each course and each tertiary institution. Please also be aware of NBTs and check with your university if you need NBT results to apply. For more information on NBT’s

FYI: South Africans learners wishing to apply online will need a working email address and an ID number. Foreign learners wishing to apply will need to have their passport number.

UCT Application fees

The relevant application fee should accompany all applications:

Undergraduate and postgraduate applications from South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region R100

Undergraduate and postgraduate applications from outside the SADC region R300

Graduate School of Business (GSB) applications from South Africa and African citizens/residents R1 650

GSB applications from outside of Africa US$285

Acceptance deposit

If you are offered a place on one of the following programmes offered by the Graduate School of Business, you will be asked to pay an acceptance deposit as reflected below. Acceptance deposits are not payable for any other programmes at UCT.

Acceptance fees are non-refundable and will be credited to your student-fee account. Remember to quote your new student number when making this payment. The acceptance fees are currently:

Master of Business Administration: South African/African applicants R15 000
Master of Business Administration: International applicants R30 000
Associate in Management (AIM) R5 000
Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA): South African/African applicants R10 000
Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA): International applicants R20 000
Executive Master of Business Administration: South African/African applicants R15 000
Executive Master of Business Administration: International applicants R30 000

Tuition fees

Students at UCT pay tuition fees for every course taken. These tuition fees vary from course to course and cover:

  • registration
  • all charges for classes, tutorials and laboratories
  • ordinary university examinations
  • library access
  • compulsory personal accident insurance
  • the use of general sporting facilities
  • in the case of medical students, hospital fees for clinical instruction.

Note: Tuition fees do not cover membership to clubs or societies.

UCT Application Requirements

The admission requirements differ depending on what you want to study. The criteria for certificate courses, diplomas and degrees is listed below:

To confirm eligibility for admission to undergraduate certificate study, applicants must consult the Admissions Office or the faculty concerned.

The minimum requirement for admission to undergraduate diploma study is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in 4 recognised NSC 20-credit subjects.


  • Applicants holding a South African Senior Certificate need matriculation endorsement.
  • Applicants holding non-South African school-leaving certificates must qualify for a matriculation exemption certificate. For more information please visit the website of the Matriculation Board.

UCT Important Application Dates

UCT Application Fee

How to Apply to UCT

UCT Admission Requirements

Transport Information UCT

UCT Residences/Accommodation

University of Cape Town Undergraduate Application

University of Cape Town UCT Postgraduate Application

UCT Important Application Forms

UCT Courses Offered


The SSA programme is offered to international students who are registered at their home university and plan to study abroad at UCT for a semester or two. Upon completion of the UCT semester course-load, the credits can be transferred to their degree at their home university. SSA credits do not count toward a UCT qualification.

SSA closing dates for 2019 and 2020 admission

2019 first semester applications opened on 1 August and closed on 30 November 2018.
2019 second semester applications opened on 7 January 2019 and close 30 April 2019. 
2020 first semester applications open on 5 August 2019 and close on 31 October 2019.
2020 second semester applications open on 13 January 2020 and close on 30 April 2020.

Please remember to submit your application as soon as possible after starting the online application.

University of Cape Town Online Application Form 2020

Current UCT students applying for undergraduate transfers

If you are currently registered for an undergraduate programme at UCT, and wish to transfer to another faculty other than Health Sciences or another programme in your faculty, you are not required to submit a new application but must consult with the faculty that you wish to transfer to. If you wish to transfer to the Faculty of Health Sciences, you must apply online on or before 31 July.

Transferring Students

If you are studying at, or completed studies at, another higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your school-leaving results and your higher education results. In addition, transferring applicants are required to write the NBTs, and may be asked to submit a letter of motivation.
To be considered for admission, you must have met the school-leaving requirements and have a good academic record and satisfactory conduct from your previous institution.
You will need to submit an interim academic transcript and a certificate of good conduct with your application, and your final, year-end transcript as soon as they are available and no later than 31 December 2019.

Applicants repeating NSC subjects

Applicants who are repeating one or more NSC subjects will be
assessed individually based on faculty requirements.

English proficiency

National Benchmark Tests

Admissions and placement tests have been used at UCT for over 30 years. The National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) are administered by the Centre for Educational Testing for Access and Placement on behalf of Universities South Africa (CETAP).

All undergraduate applicants who are normally resident or at school in
South Africa must write the NBT, and all applicants to programmes in Health
Sciences must write the NBT wherever they reside.

UCT Application Office Contact Details

By post: The Admissions Office
The University of Cape Town
Private Bag X3
Rondebosch 7701

By telephone: 021 650 2128

By email:
On the website:
On Twitter: @uctadmissions

In person: Admissions Office, Level 4, Masingene Building,
Cross Campus Road, Middle Campus, Rondebosch, UCT