UCT English Language Centre

The English Language Centre at UCT is a wonderful place to learn and improve your English language skills. The centre offers year-round courses in general english at all levels from beginner to advanced, business english, and exam preparation for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge FCE and CAE exams.

The UCT English Language Centre also runs courses in English for academic purposes (EAP): pre-sessional courses for international students who need to improve their English in order to study at UCT.

Erasmus +

The Erasmus Programme (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is a student mobility programme established by the European Union in 1987. It offers enriching and worthwhile opportunities for students and staff to visit various partner universities in the European Union. 


The Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme, funded by the European Union (EU), supports higher education cooperation between countries in Africa. The scheme aims to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.


The Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is the first international forum to unite eminent women scientists from the developing and developed worlds.

OWSD intentions

The objective of the organisation – based at the offices of The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy – is to strengthen the role of women scientists and to promote their representation in scientific and technological leadership. 

Yale Fox International Fellowship

The Fox International Fellowship is a graduate student exchange program between Yale and world-renowned partner universities, of which UCT is one. Fox International Fellows undertake independent research for an academic year at one of the Fox exchange partner universities.

About Fox

The fellowship was established in 1988 by Mr Joseph Carrère Fox (Yale Class of 1938). It has 13 exchange partners, including UCT, and an alumni network of over 500.

Research at UCT

UCT aspires to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. Taking advantage of expanding global networks and our distinct vantage point in Africa, we are committed, through innovative research and scholarship, to grapple with the key issues of our natural and social worlds. We are committed both to protecting and encouraging ‘curiosity-driven research’ and research that has a real impact on our communities and environment.


Teaching and learning

UCT is known for its excellent standard of teaching and learning, and for being versatile, dynamic and innovative in many of its courses. The university constantly strives to improve the experience of teaching and learning for both academic staff and students. 


Innovative support


Universities Science, Humanities, Law and Engineering Partnerships in Africa (USHEPiA)

The Universities Science, Humanities, Law and Engineering Partnerships in Africa (USHEPiA) programme is one of UCT’s flagship collaboration initiatives in Africa.  Its ultimate goal is to develop a network of African researchers focused on the developmental needs of the continent.

Academics are nominated by their respective vice-chancellors as USHEPiA fellows.

MasterCard Foundation

UCT is proud to be a partner of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP), an initiative to provide 338 scholarships over 10 years to academically talented yet economically disadvantaged students from sub-Saharan Africa to study at UCT.

The MCFSP at UCT is part of the MasterCard Foundation’s Global Scholars Program, an $843-million education initiative that was started in 2012. 

MCFSP intentions

A key goal is to educate young people from African countries to lead change and make a positive social impact in their communities.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Programme

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) programme is the centerpiece of the Andrew W Mellon Foundation’s initiatives to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher learning.

The purpose

The programme identifies highly promising students at an early stage in their academic careers, and through financial support, mentoring and stimulating academic activities, establishes them on an academic career track. The programme is designed to encourage fellows to enter PhD programmes that prepare students specifically for professorial careers.