Stunning location for a prestigious institution with a wide range of courses

If you’re looking for the widest choice of courses in South Africa and an institution with weight and prestige then studying abroad at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is probably the best bet for you. Perched on the side of Table Mountain, UCT has stunning vistas from every angle and is a popular choice for study abroad. Of its population of more than 20,000, about 4,000 students are international.

As South Africa’s oldest university, and one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions, UCT has outstanding faculty and exceptional opportunities for international students in every school including Science, Humanities, Engineering, and Commerce. You may also consider subjects such as Finance and Game Theory, Human Resource Management, Pre-Law, Film and Media Studies, Philosophy, Education, Chemistry, Music and Creative Writing.

Be open to new experiences; say hello - it may lead to storytelling nights somewhere ... remember you're not in America anymore! ”

Trace Lucas

Spelman College Student, University of Cape Town

  • The Arcadia Cape Town Center is located right on campus at UCT, in the Ivan Tom’s Building, which sits between the upper campus and the Medical School campus of UCT. 

  • In addition to your coursework at the university, you will take part in the Arcadia core course: Introducing South Africa: History, Politics and Culture,  which is intended to provide a forum for reflection and analysis on current issues and challenges facing South Africans.

  • There are over 100 clubs and societies to choose from on-campus to help you get to into the swing of student life. As you sit on “Jammie steps” the popular student hangout near Jameson Hall, you’ll make friends and plan ways to take advantage of all this stunning place has to offer.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2016 1/26/2016 TBA 30-34 $27,100 10/1/2015 More Info
Spring 2016 1/26/2016 6/11/2016 15-17 $16,400 10/1/2015 More Info
Fall 2016 7/6/2016 11/20/2016 15-17 $15,880 4/1/2016 More Info
Academic Year 2016 7/6/2016 6/16/2017 30-34 $27,150 4/1/2016 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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Program Details


South Africa

Language of Instruction



Cape Town

Location Type

Large City


As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed accommodation. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


Health & Safety

Student health, safety and security in South Africa are our top priorities. Our experienced and well-connected staff are prepared to deal with any emergencies that may arise...

Health & Safety