Most students take 16 U.S. credits per semester. All students participate in the required, 3-credit Arcadia core course: Introducing South Africa: History, Politics and Culture. In addition to the core course, students may take all of their remaining courses at UCT, or take 2 courses at UCT and a 3-credit service-learning course at the Cornerstone Institute, an innovative, not-for-profit institution focused on teaching and learning in service of others, to advance human dignity and social justice for all.
Students may choose a course in Service Learning in the local community with The Cornerstone Institute. Cornerstone is grounded in a highly ethical ethos, emphasizing the relationship between leadership and professional integrity.
When completing your Academic Preferences Form:
|CAPE SMCI 310||Introducing South Africa: History, Politics, and Culture||3||Spring/Fall|
|UCT NQF Credits||U.S. Semester Hour Credits|
Most students must take 2-3 UCT classes per semester:
Select semester courses offered by the five Faculties:
When selecting courses:
Seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere:
South African Universities typically award degrees after a three-year program of study. 300-level courses are completed in the final year, and so therefore do not correspond precisely to junior-level courses in the US. If you enroll in 300 level courses, please be aware that these courses are advanced.
Courses should be chosen according to the following guide:
Begin the course selection process:
The largest academic unit, typically referred to as a school or college at a US university, is the faculty. UCT features courses on its website per faculty.
Official course registration will take place once you have arrived on campus at UCT. You will be able to make changes to your course selections up until the point of registration.
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|