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Applications & admissions FAQ

Applying to UCT

Please note: this information is for applicants for undergraduate study only.

National Benchmark Tests (NBTs)

  • Do I need to write NBTs for admission in 2022?

    Except for admission the programmes in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment, writing the NBTs is mandatory for all undergraduate applicants normally resident or at school in South Africa.

  • Where do I get more information about NBTs?

    You can visit the NBT website.

  • Where do I direct NBT queries?

    You can either send an email to nbt@uct.ac.za or call +27 21 650 3523.

  • Does NBT have a Facebook page?

    Yes, you can connect directly with them on the NBT Facebook page.

Before you apply

  • How do I increase my chances of being accepted at UCT?

    By working hard and achieving good results in Grades 11 and 12 and performing well in the National Benchmarking Tests (NBTs) you will have a good chance of getting into UCT. However, different faculties and programmes have different entrance requirements so we encourage you to increase your chances of admission by making two choices in your application.

  • Do I need to take the NBTs to apply to UCT?

    Except for admission the programmes in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment, writing the NBTs is mandatory for all undergraduate applicants normally resident or at school in South Africa.

  • Can I apply to UCT while completing Grade 11?

    While we appreciate your eagerness, applications may only be submitted in the year before you plan to register. So, the answer is no, you will not be able to apply while still in Grade 11.

  • Where would I find the criteria for undergraduate admission to UCT?

    We provide a comprehensive list of admission criteria in our Undergraduate Prospectus.

  • Where can I find information about the undergraduate degree programmes offered at UCT?

    The best overview of everything on offer at UCT is in the Undergraduate Prospectus.

Applications

  • Can I still apply for 2021?

    No applications for 2021 are closed but we encourage you to apply for 2022.

  • How do I apply for 2022?

    The UCT Online Applications site will open on 1 May 2021 for 2022.

  • How do I apply to UCT?

    To make the applications process as efficient as possible we prefer that you apply online.

    Remember the UCT Online Applications site for 2022 will only be active from 1 May 2021. If you prefer a paper-based application, we are also happy to assist you. See the forms page for contact details.

  • Where can I obtain an application form?

    You can print and complete the application form on the application forms page.

  • Where can I get help in completing my application form?

    The application process can be confusing, so we have provided a complete information guide with directions for Undergraduate Applicants on the application forms page.

  • How many programmes can I apply for?

    You can apply for up to two programmes. In fact, we encourage you to make two choices as this increases your chances of being accepted into UCT. These choices can be from the same faculty, or from different faculties.

  • Where can I find more information about what I can study at UCT?

    UCT has a wide variety of programmes on offer, too many to list here. But there are considerable resources on our website. Please check out the various Faculty and departmental websites. You can access them via the UCT Students website.

  • Once I have completed my application, can I still make changes to my programme selection?

    You may change your programme selection, free of charge, but only until 30 September of the year you submit your application.

  • How do I know if my application is complete?

    An application for admission can only be submitted online after all required fields are completed. However, it is common that most applicants will need to submit additional information after submitting an initial application. For example, a grade 12 applicant will need to capture and submit evidence of additional examination results after an initial application is submitted. Applicants should consult the appropriate (undergraduate or postgraduate) Directions for Applicants for information on full requirements for submission.

  • I have submitted my application, but my application status has not changed. Why is that?

    This may be because despite submitting additional information, you still cannot be admitted. This may mean that have not yet met the threshold for admission. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Do I need to send my final school-leaving results to UCT?

    No, if you wrote your matric in South Africa National Senior Certificate (NSC), UCT will obtain your results directly from your examination authority. However, if you have an international qualification, it is advisable to submit a final, certified copy of your results to admissions-ug@uct.ac.za. Note that we may require your assistance to verify your results, in which case we will contact you.

  • How do I pay the application fee?

    For your convenience payment can be made in one of three ways:

    1. Online by credit card
    2. By EFT (electronic funds transfer)
    3. By direct deposit into our bank account

    View the UCT account details..

  • How do I track my application?

    You may see your application status at any time in the Student Self-Service system.

  • How do I know my application was successful?

    Should your application be successful, you will be informed by email and SMS. You should also monitor the UCT self-service site, where your status will be updated immediately.

  • I am an applicant for admission in 2021, but I have decided to take a gap year in 2021. What do I do now?

    If you decide to take a gap year there is no need to reapply for admission, pay an additional application fee or rewrite the NBTs. Simply write to us at admissions-ug@uct.ac.za (undergraduate applicants) or admissions-pg@uct.ac.za postgraduate applicants) and request a deferment of your application.

  • Where can I find out about the cost of study at UCT?

    To find out more about the costs of study please visit the Student Self-Service system where you can also get a self-service pro forma invoice for your fees.

  • Am I able to cancel my application?

    You can cancel your application at any stage by contacting the UCT Admissions Office at admissions-ug@uct.ac.za.

Admissions

  • What is a conditional offer and for how long is it valid?

    A conditional offer is an offer of admission with conditions. This is communicated to you in the offer correspondence. You may be made a conditional offer of admission on the strength of interim examination results. Final decisions will only be reached when you have submitted your final school-leaving (or, for transferring applicants, tertiary) results. If that you do not meet either the subject or NBT requirements, your application will not be successful, and we will communicate that decision as soon as possible.

  • How long before I get a response to my application?

    Your chances of being offered a place of admission depends on several factors, such as the strength of your application in relation to other applicants, and the capacity of the programme to which you applied. You may be made a conditional offer of admission on the strength of interim examination results. Final decisions may only be reached when you have submitted your final school-leaving (or, for transferring applicants, tertiary) results. In the event that you do not meet either the subject or NBT requirements, your application will not be successful, and we will communicate that decision as soon as possible.

  • When will I receive a final decision from UCT?

    Once results are available, final decisions will be made within days. For applicants with international qualifications, and for transferring applicants whose academic records are considered, this may take a few more days. It is therefore important that, particularly in the case of international qualifications and transferring applicants, you submit your final results as soon as possible.

  • I have received two firm offers of admission. What is the process for me to follow?

    Once final processing is complete, you will receive SMS and email correspondence asking you to select your preferred firm offer online. You will be given a limited time to do this. Your other offer will be cancelled automatically. Should you fail to make your selection online, your first choice will be selected for you and you will be withdrawn from your second choice. You will need to attend the registration of the programme you have selected.

  • Do I receive a housing offer with a UCT acceptance letter?

    No, your application for admission to UCT and your application for housing are two separate applications. Your application for admission is processed by the Faculty Office and housing applications are processed by the Student Housing Admissions & Advocacy Services Office (SHAAS). Should you be made an offer of admission, SHAAS will process the application for residence but a place of study does not necessarily mean you would be granted housing as well.

  • Do I receive a funding offer with a UCT acceptance letter?

    No, your application for admission to UCT and the application for funding are two separate applications. It takes time to assess the eligibility of all applications received and we want applicants to know their NSFAS and UCT financial aid funding status early. Knowing how you will pay for your studies helps to make an informed decision about where you accept a study offer. Eligible students can also immediately receive their allowances once they are registered.

  • How do I accept/decline an offer?

    Please follow the instructions in the offer letter to accept or decline your offer online.

  • May I defer my acceptance?

    You cannot defer your acceptance. You may only defer your application and you will be reconsidered for the following year. Contact the UCT Admissions Office if you wish to defer your application. If you defer your application, it does not mean automatic acceptance the following year.

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