UCT Online Application 2021

Applications for undergraduate admission in 2021 are open, and the closing date has been extended to 31 August 2020. We will not consider late applications.

The National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) have been a requirement for undergraduate admission at the University of Cape Town. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the NBT testing programme, the NBTs will not be part of the admission criteria for admission to UCT in 2021. As a result, UCT is considering amendments to the current criteria and expects this to be finalised soon. Prospective applicants are advised to submit their study applications without delay and to make sure that they submit their Grade 11 final school results to be considered for an early conditional offer of admission.

Applicants who need financial assistance must submit their applications on the NSFAS online application system. Applications are scheduled to open on 1 August and close on 30 November 2020. Applications must be completed at http://www.nsfas.org.za/content/how-to-apply.html.


Most postgraduate programmes containing coursework close on 31 October, with the exception of a few programmes and faculties which start to close from May onward. Please refer to the 2021 Directions for Postgraduate Applicants for the closing dates applicable to you.

Applications for research-only postgraduate programmes do not close. Please select the year in which you wish to start your programme when applying.


The SSA programme is offered to international students who are pursuing a degree elsewhere and plan to study abroad at UCT for a semester or two for the purposes of international credit mobility. 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 application cycle:

First semester (which runs from late January to mid-June): applications open in the first week of August and close on 31 October of the preceding year.

Second semester (which runs from early July to late November): applications open in the second week of January and close on 30 April of the same year.

For further information, visit Semester Study Abroad

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

Application fees

The relevant application fee should accompany all applications:

Undergraduate and postgraduate applications from South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regionR100
Undergraduate and postgraduate applications from outside the SADC regionR300
Graduate School of Business (GSB) applications from South Africa and African citizens/residentsR1 750
GSB applications from outside of AfricaUSD 300


  • Application fees will not be refunded. Paying an application fee does not mean that your application will be successful.
  • The application fee may be paid by cash, credit card, direct bank deposit or electronic funds transfer (EFT). Cash payments must be made at the Cashiers Office, Kramer Building, Middle Campus, UCT.
    Credit card payments must be made online.
  • EFT payments for all degrees/diplomas EXCEPT GSB must be made to the following account:
    Beneficiary: UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN – No.1 Sundries Account
    Bank: Standard Bank SA Ltd
    Branch: Rondebosch, Western Cape
    Branch Code: 025009
    Account: 071503854
    Swift code (for international payments): SBZAZAJJ
    Reference Number: 11196, applicant number (you will receive your applicant number when your application is captured).
    E.g. 11196 ABCDEF001.
    (This reference number must be entered on the appropriate bank form.)
  • *EFT payments for the GSB (Graduate School of Business) programmes must be made to the following account:
    Beneficiary: UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN – No.9 GSB Account
    Bank: Standard Bank SA Ltd
    Branch: Rondebosch, Western Cape
    Branch Code: 025009
    Account: 072953004
    Swift code (for international payments): SBZAZAJJ
    GSB Reference Number: GSB, applicant’s first name, applicant’s last name.
    E.g. GSB Betty Brown
    (This reference number must be entered on the appropriate bank form.)
  • Application fees should be paid in South African Rands, except when applying for a GSB qualification from outside the SADC region, in which case payment should be in US dollars.
  • UCT graduates are exempt from paying an application fee, except in the case of GSB qualifications.

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 applicantsR15 000
Master of Business Administration: International applicantsR30 000
Associate in Management (AIM)R5 000
Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA): South African/African applicantsR10 000
Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA): International applicantsR20 000
Executive Master of Business Administration: South African/African applicantsR15 000
Executive Master of Business Administration: International applicantsR30 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.

Accommodation fees

Residence fees are available in the Student Fees handbook. Please be aware that for catering residences, the meal costs should be added to the residence cost.

Miscellaneous fees and levies

Various charges such as society subscriptions, library fines, traffic fines, student health charges, residence damage costs and emergency loans may be debited to a student’s fees account if they were not settled in the course of the year.

Such charges often appear on accounts late in the year, so it is important to check for these charges before the year-end to ensure acceptance to the next academic year or an invitation to graduate.


The university charges monthly interest on outstanding balances at 1%. Given that the final fee payment is due on 30 June, interest is charged on 31 July and at the end of each succeeding month.

Estimate of fees

External bursars often request an estimate of student fees before awarding the bursary. This can be obtained from:

Key dates

Please note: the University reserves the right to change these dates. Before acting on any of the dates below confirmation should be sought from the appropriate office. 1 April 2020

  • Applications for admission in 2021 will open. Applications will close on 31 July 2020 for all undergraduate programmes. Please remember to apply online.
  • The National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) will open for registrations for the 2021 intake. You must apply online.

4 April 2020

  • Open Day is a good opportunity to access important information about the application process. (It’s also a good time for younger siblings to start thinking about UCT opportunities!)
    Please note: Following international advice on the hosting of large gatherings, we have taken the precautionary measure to cancel the 2020 Open Day, which was due to be held on Saturday, 4 April 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience.
    Read the VC Desk: COVID-19: Update on mass gatherings, graduation and travel.

1 August 2020

  • National Student Funding Assistance Scheme (NSFAS) funding applications open. You must apply online.

31 August 2020

  • All undergraduate applications close. We do not accept late applications.
  • Applications for student housing close.

30 September 2020

  • Closing date for undergraduate programme changes: 30 September 2020.

You do so by sending a request to admissions-ug@uct.ac.za or submitting a written request to the Admissions Office. 30 September 2020

  • Final date to submit the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) portfolio.

31 October 2020

  • For applicants finishing secondary school in 2020, all grade 12 interim results, or predicted scores in the case of non-NSC candidates, are due.
  • Interim and past transcripts for transferring applicants are due.

30 November 2020

  • Last date to apply for National Student Funding Assistance Scheme (NSFAS) funding. You must apply online.

31 December 2020

  • All final transcripts and non-NSC school-leaving results (except CIE, ZIMSEC and NSSC) must be submitted as certified paper documents.

15 January 2021

  • Final tertiary transcripts are due for students registered for tertiary studies in 2020.
  • Final CAIE, ZIMSEC and NSSC results from the November 2020 session are due.

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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