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University of Cape Town

4.0 out of 5 (49 ratings / 42 reviews) Cape Town, South Africa
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. Situated on spectacular Devil’s Peak, UCT is Africa’s oldest and foremost university. Three worldwide rankings have placed UCT among the world’s top 200 institutions, the only African university to have achieved this distinction. 



UCT's reputation for excellence is underpinned by its distinctive research, led by its distinguished faculty, many of whom are world-leaders in their field. Our researchers also teach and so ensure that our undergraduate and postgraduate students benefit directly from the latest scholarly work and discoveries.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
200 -9
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
301 -100
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Housing services

UCT has a three-tier residence system that provides different services, governance and management to support undergraduate and postgraduate students on and off campus.

Generally speaking, a student will initially enter a fist-tier residence (full catering), move to a second-tier residence (senior catering or self-catering) in subsequent years, and then on to third-tier accommodation (semi-autonomous self-catering).

Library services

UCT Libraries offer state-of-the-art technology, vast collections of reading and research material, and the specialized services of friendly, efficient, and helpful staff.

In keeping with its central role in the academic life of the university, the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library lies at the heart of Upper Campus, while its eight branch libraries are set in locations convenient to the faculties. The Libraries house more than 1.2 million print volumes, while their "virtual" presence – consisting of bibliographic and full-text databases, electronic books and journals, and a growing institutional digital repository – may be accessed via the Libraries' website, both on and off campus.

Student Life

Sports facilities

UCT offers more than 40 sporting codes, with a total membership of around 9 000 students and staff. So, this is a great opportunity to carry on with the sport you loved at school or to try your hand at something completely new.

Whether you’re interested in athletics, rugby, netball and soccer or archery, paragliding, skydiving and yachting, there will be something for you.

Student Reviews

Engineering and UCT
Karmi De Villiers rated 4 out of 5 stars

The diversity of people and cultures are truly amazing. There's always an opportunity to learn more about people and how they grew up, everyone is always open to help you. The lecturers are also amazing, always available for consultation, to give you extra help, they try their best in classes as well. I don't think anything can be improved, or at least not in the...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I had one challenging and incredible experience, which forced me to grow in ways I never would have imagined.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

UCT has been great so far, very helpful staff and the actual course has been challenging but enjoyable!

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