University of the Western Cape UWC

The University of the Western Cape (UWC), established in 1959, is a public university situated in the Belville suburb of Cape Town, Western Cape.

The University of the Western Cape has a history of creative struggle against oppression, discrimination and disadvantage. Among academic institutions it has been in the vanguard of South Africa’s historic change, playing a distinctive academic role in helping to build an equitable and dynamic nation. UWC’s key concerns with access, equity and quality in higher education arise from extensive practical engagement in helping the historically marginalised participate fully in the life of the nation.

Protest action by students and black academic staff led to the appointment, in 1975, of the first black Rector. The new, freer climate under the leadership of Professor Richard E (Dick) van der Ross was hospitable to intellectual debate and internationally respected scholarship.

In its mission statement of 1982, UWC Objectives, the university formally rejected the apartheid ideology on which it was established, adopting a declaration of nonracialism and “a firm commitment to the development of the Third World communities in South Africa.” In 1983, through the University of the Western Cape Act of 1983, the university finally gained its autonomy on the same terms as the established “white” institutions.

Courses Offered At UWC

The university offers a wide variety of under- and post-graduate qualifications that fit into the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Community and Health
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Natural Science

Application Form

Application Date:

31 August 2019 (BCHD programme)
30 September 2019 (all other programmes)

Application Fees:

  • R100 

Applicants must have a v​alid email address in order to apply online. All communication from the University in regards to your application will be sent via email. Should you not have a valid email address you can create an email account using Gmail, Yahoo Mail or any other email provider you may prefer.

In order for your application to be considered COMPLETE. You must successfully complete the online application form as well as submit all required documentation. ​DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

Admission Requirement

  • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS – Entry requirements are the minimum academic standards that the University requires in order to consider you for entry into one of our degree programmes. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee you a place. Competition for most of our degrees is high and demand for places generally exceeds the number of places available. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

How to Apply

Step 1:  Get your application form.

  • Online Application:
    Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants use the same online application process.
  • Hardcopy Application:
    Apart from the online application, you can request application forms to be sent you by post. To request forms, contact the UWC Contact Centre on 021 959 3900.

You can post your application to:


Student Administration Department
University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17

Step 2:  Complete your application form in full. 

*Remember you’ll need an email address.

Step 3:  Attach all supporting documents.

Step 4:  Complete a student accommodation form.

Online Application

  • Please note applications for 2020 will open on the 11th of May 2019 and close on 30 September 2019. Applications for Bachelors of Dental Surgery close on 31 August 2019.​

Application Status

All admissions are subject to the University Rules for Admissions.

Management Development Programme

Admission is open to individuals with relevant working experience and with matric. Should you not have matric and wish to apply, you need to follow the RPL process.

A candidate requires:

• Matriculation certificate PLUS at least five years appropriate full-time work experience as proven by one or multiple letters of confirming employment; or
• University Degree or National Diploma in any field; or
• Applicants who have not passed matric may enter the MDP by complying with the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning process and presenting a completed RPL. Contact the School or the Division for Lifelong Learning (DLL) for further details.

More information on the RPL process can be accessed here.

Senior Management Development Programme

Admission is open to individuals that have completed an MDP.

Registration Date

The management development programmes offered by the University of the Western Cape provides maximum flexibility through multiple start dates every year as per the table below. Apply now for the next start date. 

You enquiry, application, registration and admission as well as payment need to be received 2 weeks prior to the start date to qualify to start. 
The University will contact you to confirm your admission. You may be accepted for a future start date if your documentation is not complete and subject to availability for the programme.

Application Check list

  • CHOOSE A DEGREE – Browse our academic programmes  to see what programmes we offer, or visit our faculty pages on our website – type in what you would like to study and download the programme information.

SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION– Complete the online application form by going to​

Contact Details

Telephone :  +27 21 959 3900/01/02/03

Student Admissions and Applications

For all Student Admissions and Applications related queries, contact the UWC Contact Centre at:

Telephone :  +27 21 959 3900/01

Email Address:

UWC Postal Address

Postal Address :  University of the Western Cape  

Private Bag X17

Bellville 7535

Republic of South Africa