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University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university, founded in 1829 as the “South African College”. It is thus the oldest higher education institute in South Africa. In terms of full university status, it is the oldest university in South Africa and the oldest extant university in Sub-Saharan Africa together with Stellenbosch University which received full university status on the same day in 1918. UCT is the only African member of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), within the World Economic Forum, which is made up of 26 of the world’s top universities. It is the highest-ranked African university in the QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities, with a global rank of 198, 136 and 122 respectively.

Country

  • South Africa

City

  • Cape Town ,

Founding year

1829

Acceptance rate

30%

Fall semester application deadline

April 30

Spring semester application deadline

October 31

Semester fees (30 ECTS)

From €6500/semester

Subjects available to free mover students

Accounting & Finance [English]Archaeology [English]Architecture [English]Business & Management Studies [English]Computer Science & Information Systems [English]Development Studies [English]Economics & Econometrics [English]Education & Training [English]Engineering Chemical [English]Engineering CiviI & Structural [English]Engineering Electrical & Electronic [English]Engineering Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing [English]English Language & Literature [English]History [English]Law [English]Mathematics [English]Modern Languages [English]Performing Arts [English]Philosophy [English]Physics & Astronomy [English]Politics & International Studies [English]Psychology [English]Social Policy & Administration [English]Sociology [English]Statistics & Operational Research [English]Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies [English]

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General rankings position

QS World University Rankings
237°
Times Higher Education World University Rankings
155°
Academic Ranking of World Universities
201-300°
Center for World University Rankings
268°
CWTS Leiden Ranking
399°
Eduniversal palmes
5/5
Webometrics
216°

QS World Universities by Subject

Arts & Humanities
174°
Engineering and Technology
326°
Life Sciences & Medicine
111°
Natural Sciences
236°
Social Sciences & Management
192°
Accounting & Finance
151-200°
Agriculture & Forestry
101-150°
Anthropology
51-100°
Archaeology
51-100°
Architecture
51-100°
Art & Design
201-230°
Biological Sciences
201-250°
Business & Management Studies
251-300°
Chemistry
401-450°
Communication & Media Studies
101-150°
Computer Science & Information Systems
301-350°
Development Studies
10°
Earth & Marine Sciences
101-150°
Economics & Econometrics
201-250°
Education & Training
101-150°
Engineering Chemical
251-300°
Engineering CiviI & Structural
151-200°
Engineering Electrical & Electronic
351-400°
Engineering Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing
251-300°
English Language & Literature
101-150°
Environmental Sciences
101-150°
Geography
51-100°
History
101-150°
Law
101-150°
Linguistics
151-200°
Mathematics
451-500°
Medicine
88°
Modern Languages
201-250°
Pharmacy & Pharmacology
151-200°
Physics & Astronomy
201-250°
Politics & International Studies
151-200°
Psychology
201-250°
Social Policy & Administration
101-120°
Sociology
151-200°

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