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International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO)

About IAPO

Introduction | Internationalisation videos


The International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) has as its core business to facilitate and promote all facets of internationalisation at UCT.

It aims to be the first port of call for all international students and provides a wide range of services including general enquiries from prospective students, advice on the safety of the area you wish to stay in, the appropriateness of working while in South Africa, application for study permits and general advice about your stay at UCT.

To this extent we seek to complement the services provided by other faculties and departments and have strong relations with service providers within and outside UCT.

IAPO strives to ensure that:

Role of IAPO within the broader UCT context

The role of the International Academic Programmes Office is to lead the development of internationalisation at UCT by acting as the central coordinator and facilitator of all internationally related initiatives and activities. IAPO is also UCT's organisational structure mandated to develop and implement its policy on internationalisation by:

In addition, IAPO

For further information contact the International Academic Programmes Office.


Internationalisation at UCT

Internationalisation is reflected in the University of Cape Town's mission statement, strategic plan and policies. This video provides snapshots of UCT as a research-led institution where teaching activities are informed by research and a global quest for excellence.

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Internationalisation conference hosted by UCT

The 16th annual International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) Conference was held from 29 August to 1 September 2012. Hosted by the University of Cape Town, the conference had as its theme, "Promoting higher education internationalisation through international research collaborations, partnerships and innovative teaching.

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