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International students

Welcome to the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment and to the University of Cape Town, one of South Africa's leading universities. The Faculty takes great pride in the quality of its undergraduate programmes, its comprehensive postgraduate programmes and the excellent research carried out in the departments.

The University is currently home to over 3 900 international students from 97 different countries and welcomes the diversity and contribution that these students bring. We invite you to be a part of our diverse and vibrant community.

Please email int-iapo@uct.ac.za   or contact us for more information. 

Applying to the EBE Faculty

View the 2018 undergraduate admission requirements to the degrees offered in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment.

Prospective undergraduate and postgraduate international students should visit the International Office's webpage

International students who intend to study at UCT for only one or two semesters, or international students who wish to be affiliated to UCT for short periods should visit the Semester Abroad website.

English language proficiency

The medium of instruction and examination at UCT is English.

International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to submit one of the following:

  • A recent score (obtained within 3 to 5 years before application for admission) of at least 570 (paper-based test) or a score of 230 (computer-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or
  • A recent overall band score of 7.0 (with no individual element of the test scoring below 6.0) on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Information on the TOEFL is available from toefl@ets.org or www.toefl.org.

Information on the IELTS is available through the British Council at the British consulate or embassy in your country.

Funding for international students

Undergraduate International students will need to fund their own studies. The University is unable to offer financial aid to international students

A limited number of scholarships are available to graduates who are not South African. These are awarded on a competitive basis and preference is given to senior candidates.

The International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) is the first port of call for all international students and will gladly assist you or help you find appropriate assistance. The office:

  • provides a central contact point for all international students, staff & visitors;
  • assists with the renewal of study permits;
  • facilitates pre-registration of all international students at UCT;
  • administers international fees;
  • liaises with the UCT Student Clubs and Societies;
  • provides information booklets and pamphlets specifically for international students;
  • facilitates and manages international, inter-institutional agreements;
  • acts as a resource centre on international universities and education opportunities;
  • manages the University Science, Humanities, and Engineering Partnerships in Africa (USHEPiA) Programme and other collaborative programmes in Africa;
  • runs a dynamic Semester Study Abroad Programme;
  • promotes interaction between international and local students through activities.