Apply to the University of Cape Town (UCT)

You’ll find a breakdown of how to apply to the University of Cape Town (UCT) below.  We’ve got instructions on the online application process AND the hardcopy application.  Tertiary education is just a few steps away!  Excited?  Let’s make it happen.

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UCT Application Breakdown

Note: Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the application cycle.  Applications close at the end of July for undergraduates and at the end of October for postgraduate applicants.

Before you begin applying online or in hardcopy, have a look at our infographic on Things to Remember Before Applying.

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Apply to UCT using the online application

Things to note before applying online to UCT:

  1. You’ll need an email address to complete the application. Don’t have one? Get an email address first.
  2. South African applicants will need an ID number.  Foreign applicants will need their passport number.
  3. You will need to have registered for the NBTs before applying online.
  4. You will need to pay an application fee.
  5. Need accommodation?  Make sure you mark this on your application form.
  6. Remember to check faculty-specific requirements before applying.
  7. Please note: Postgraduate applicants can only apply online.

How to Apply Online

UCT has one online application portal for all applicants.

  • UCT Online Application

Apply to UCT using the hardcopy application

Things to note before applying with a hardcopy form:

  1. Postgraduate applicants cannot apply using a hardcopy form.
  2. There is a separate hardcopy application form for Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Art applicants.
  3. Make sure you attach all required documents to your application form.
  4. You can use the 2020 Directions for Undergraduate Applicants booklet as a guide when completing your application form.
  5. Need accommodation?  Be sure to mark this on your application form.
  6. Take note of the different addresses to send your application form to, if you are an Architecture, Fine Art or Health Sciences applicant.

In general, you can either submit your completed application form in person or to the following address:

The Admissions Office
University of Cape Town
c/o Bremner Building Lower Campus
Rondebosch
7701
South Africa

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  • Download UCT Undergraduate Application Form

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Don't forget to write the NBT Test

This institution requires you to write a National Benchmark test (NBT) as part of your application. Find out more information about the NBT tests here. Get on it now!

Apply to UCT Residence

You will be able to indicate whether you would like student accommodation on your application form.  Please note that applying for student housing is part of your application process.  Student housing places are limited so UCT has a criterion for allocating these places.

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Application Fees for UCT

All applicants from SA and the SADC region will need to pay an application fee of R100.  Applicants from outside the SADC region are required to pay an application fee of R300.

Submitting of Results and Documents

Let’s break it down:  all current matric applicants will need to submit their grade 11 results as well as their latest grade 12 resultsFailure to submit these results might delay your application process.

Are you a transferring student?  If yes, you will need to make sure all your transcripts and academic records to date are submitted to the applications department as soon as possible.  A final transcript of your current studies will also need to reach UCT at the earliest possible date.  Pretty standard stuff.

Once you have submitted your application, you’ll be able to check your application status online here.

Contact the University of Cape Town:

For more information on how to apply to UCT, you can visit their website.

Alternatively, you can contact the UCT Admissions Department using the following details:

Email: admissions@uct.ac.za
Tel: 021 650 2128

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