University of Cape Town Online Application Form
The 2021 admission cycle will open at 4pm on 3 April and close on 30 September . We do not consider late applications.
The UCT Open Day will be held on Upper Campus on 22 April from 10am-3pm.
If you normally reside in, or have completed schooling in South Africa, or are applying for admission to a programme in the Faculty of Health Sciences, you must write the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs). You must register for the NBTs before you apply online. NBT results obtained in 2015, or , are valid for 2021 admission. For admission to UCT, you must have written the NBTs by 14 October .
The last date for undergraduate programme changes is 31 October . These requests must be submitted to
Postgraduate programmes containing coursework mostly close on 31 October, with the exception of a few programmes. Please refer to the Directions for Postgraduate Applicants 2021 Admission for the relevant closing dates.
Applications for research-only postgraduate programmes do not close. Please select the year in which you wish to start your programme when applying.
SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD (SSA) APPLICANTS
The SSA programme is offered to international students currently registered at their home university and who wish to undertake a semester at UCT. Upon completion of the semester abroad, the credits can be transferred to their programme at their home university. SSA credits do not count toward a UCT qualification.
Closing dates for and 2021 admission
first semester applications are closed.
second semester applications are currently open and close 31 May .
2021 first semester applications open 1 August and close 15 November .
2021 second semester applications open 8 January and close 30 April 2021 .
For further information, visit the Semester Study Abroad webpage.