University of Cape Town (UCT) - public higher education institution in South Africa. The history of UCT can be traced back to1829 . Thanks to its quite favourable location inside Cape Town, students can enjoy an active city life with a rural serenity.

University ranking. University of Cape Town ranks first in South Africa. The university is among the best 5% worldwide, ranking 188 in international ratings. University of Cape Town has garnered a reputation in international circles for its programs in «Arts and Humanities», «Engineering and Technology», «Life Sciences and Medicine», «Natural Science», «Social Sciences and Management». The university is considered to be among the best in the quality of education and ranks in the top 200 in that criterion. University of Cape Town is respected by employers of South Africa and the world.

Application process and the cost of tuition. The applicant must provide the document of previous academic performance as well as the results of the examinations. The academic year is traditionally consists of semesters.

The composition of the university. University of Cape Town is medium in scale, teaching no more than 20 thousand students at a time. Foreign citizens can submit their applications along with the local students. Every 7 student is a foreign citizen. More than 1500 teachers are employed by the university. The academic staff mainly consists of foreign specialists UCT has international student exchange programs between partner universities. More information regarding the life of the university can be found on its social media pages:Flickr, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Linkedin.

Infrastructure of UCT. The university has its own library. The university is a part of the Association of African Universities (AAU) in addition to being a member of the Higher Education South Africa (HESA), Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC), OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCW).
General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Public
Established 1829
Abbreviation UCT
Teachers 1,497
Students 19,083
Foreigners 15%
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
Admission Based on grades and examinations
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Suburban
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
Good Hope
• Department of Higher Education and Training, South Africa
• Association of African Universities (AAU)
• Higher Education South Africa (HESA)
• Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC)
• OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCW)
World ranking 188
Country ranking 1
Academic Reputation 150
Employer Reputation 220
International Faculty 206
International Students 266
Citations per Faculty 280
Ranking in world by sphere
Arts and Humanities 122
Engineering and Technology 323
Life Sciences and Medicine 119
Natural Science 213
Social Sciences and Management 117
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking 188
QS World University Rankings 172
ARWU Academic Ranking 201
Cost of living in Cape Town
Expenses - USD/Month Min. Med.
Accommodation 224 359
Food 129 241
Transportation 19 57
Communications and utilities 91 83
Clothing 19 71
Sports and leisure 18 54
Total 500 864
Accommodation in Cape Town USD/Month
Shared room outside of centre 226
Shared room in city centre 362
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 321
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 491
Alternative title
Arabic جامعة كيب تاون
German Universität Kapstadt
Spanish Universidad de Ciudad del Cabo
French Université de Cape Town
Japanese ケープタウン大学
Korean 케이프타운대학교
Portuguese Universidade da Cidade do Cabo
Russian Кейптаунский университет
Chinese 开普敦大学
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University of Cape Town - Official Description

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