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'll also choose three or four courses from a wide selection including applied biology, mathematics, statistics, chemistry, computer science, marine biology and physics.

I gained a lot of independence from studying abroad. I now believe that I am capable of almost anything if I set my mind to it because I went through the experience of living abroad for an extended period of time. ”

Austin Oberlin

College of Wooster Student, universtity 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 Cornerstone 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
Spring 2017 3/1/2017 7/15/2017 15-17 $16,400 10/1/2016 More Info
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2017 3/1/2017 12/1/2017 30-34 $28,500 10/1/2016 More Info
Fall 2017 8/2/2017 12/1/2017 15-17 $16,350 4/20/2017 More Info
Academic Year 2017 8/2/2017 6/16/2018 30-34 $29,750 4/20/2017 More Info
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2018 TBA TBA TBA TBA 10/1/2017  
Spring 2018 TBA TBA TBA TBA 10/1/2017  

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...

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