University of the Western Cape Courses

A full-time course load is 12-16 U.S. credits per semester. All students are required to participate in the 3-credit cornerstone course, Introducing South Africa: History, Politics and Culture.

  • Make sure your courses transfer back for credit with your home school and that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Special Considerations

Honors Level Courses and Master’s level courses:

  • taught at the Institute for Social Development
  • must meet prerequisites
  • each 24-32 credit class = 6 U.S. credits

Choosing your courses

Through the UWC course catalog:

  • departments are arranged within faculties.
  • level 1 courses = introductory
  • level 3 courses = final year
  • course availability at UWC varies widely
  • indicate very generally what courses you would like to take at UWC
  • Should meet prerequisites
  • final course registration at orientation.



  • 10 credit UWC courses = 3 U.S. credits
  • 15 credit UWC courses = 4 U.S. credits

Required Cornerstone Course

Course ID Title Credits Term Syllabus
CAPE SMCI 310 Introducing South Africa: History, Politics and Culture 3 Spring/Fall PDF

Special Nomenclature

The largest academic unit, typically referred to as a school or college at a US university, is the faculty. UWC features courses on its website by faculty.

Enrollment Process

Official course registration will take place once you have arrived on campus. You will be able to make changes to your course selections up until the point of registration.

Please indicate a total of 7-9 courses that suit your academic needs.

If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the online course form on your Arcadia Passport.

Grade Scale for South Africa - AACRAO EDGE

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Percentage Description Suggested U.S. Equivalent
75 – 100% 1st Class A
70 – 74% 2nd Class/Division 1 B+
60 – 69% 2nd Class/Division 2 B
50 – 59% 3rd Class C
0 – 49% Fail F
Intellectual property copyright AACRAO EDGE.