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APPLYING TO UCT

FAQ

 

FAQ for Applicants

Applying for admission

1. When may I apply?

a. Undergraduate applications close on 30 September 2014. No late applications are accepted.

b. We treat postgraduate applications in two ways:

  • i. Research-only programmes do not close
  • ii. Programmes with a taught component have a submission date, after which we may still accept applications online, but not necessarily consider them, depending on available capacity. Please consult the 2015 Directions for Postgraduate Applicants for programme-specific closing dates.

2. How do I apply for admission?

We invite you to apply online at applyonline.uct.ac.za.

If you are unable to apply online, you may request a paper application from the Admissions Office at admissions@uct.ac.za

3. How do I apply for student accommodation?

Your application for student accommodation is part of your consolidated application for admission.

4. How do I apply for funding?

You will indicate your funding interest when you apply for admission. However, for both undergraduate (need-based) and postgraduate (need- and merit-based) funding, you must complete additional forms. You will be directed to these forms during the application process.

5. How do I submit certified documents?

Certified documents must be submitted as paper copies via post or in person. A certified document that is scanned and/or faxed is not acceptable.

The postal address is:

The Admissions Office, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701.

You may direct a courier to:

The Admissions Office, University of Cape Town, c/o Bremner Building, Lovers Walk, Rondebosch, Cape Town

You may drop off documents in person at:

The Admissions Office, Level 4, Masingene Building, Middle Campus, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch.

Current grade 12 learners taking the National Senior Certificate (NSC) (through the DBE or IEB)

1. What results are required for admission?

You are required to submit your final grade 11 results, as well as all grade 12 interim examination results.

2. Do I have to submit my grade 12 final NSC results?

There is no need to submit your grade 12 final NSC results, as we will obtain these from your examining authority. In the event that we have not obtained it from your examining authority, please submit a certified paper copy of the results via post or in person.

3. How do I submit my interim (term 1, term 2, etc.) results?

Submit interim results by logging on to our applicant self-service facility (details are provided in your acknowledgment email/letter) and capture your results.

Past NSC applicants who have not yet started studying at another tertiary institution (e.g. may be on a gap year)

1. What results are required for admission?

Provide only your final NSC results as part of your application.

Current final-year school learners who are not taking the National Senior Certificate in South Africa

1. What results are required for admission?

In general, provide as much information about your academic progress at school as possible.

2. What are predicted scores and by when are they required?

Predicted scores or grades are issued by your school, and provide institutions such as ourselves with a forecast of what you may achieve in your final examinations. They are required as soon as possible, but no later than 31 October 2014.

3. Do I have to submit my final school-leaving results?

Yes. We do not obtain the results directly from most examining authorities. Therefore, please arrange to have your results submitted to us (e.g. IB Diploma results) or submit a certified paper copy of your results as soon as possible.

Applicants, who are currently registered at a different tertiary institution for an undergraduate programme, applying for transfer to UCT to complete undergraduate studies

1. What results are required for admission?

We require your final school-leaving results as well as your most recent tertiary results. However, when you receive your final 2014 transcript, we require this as soon as possible but no later than 8 January 2015.

2. How do I submit these results?

Upload your interim transcript and your school results as part of your online application, or include them with your paper application. Upload your final transcript via the applicant self-service facility and submit a certified paper copy of your transcript to the Admissions Office by post or in person.

3. By when do I submit these documents?

Final school results and interim transcripts are due by 31 October 2014.

Final 2014 transcripts are due as soon as you receive them, but no later than 8 January 2015.

Postgraduate applicants

1. What results are required for admission?

Your application must include your full academic record, including undergraduate and postgraduate studies, in the form of a complete certified transcript.

2. How do I submit these results?

Upload your interim transcript as part of your online application, or include them in your paper application. Upload your final transcript via the applicant self-service facility and submit a certified paper copy of your transcript to the Admissions Office by post or in person.

3. What do I do if my academic record is not in English?

Have your academic records translated, and submit the certified translation, as well as a certified paper copy of the original document/s via post or in person.

4. What other documents must postgraduate applicants submit?

Refer to the 2015 Directions for Postgraduate Applicants for information about all required submissions.

After submitting my application

1. When will the university take a decision on my application?

This depends on several factors, including the following:

  • The capacity of the programme
  • The strength of your application
  • The level of competition for places on the same programme

2. How can I view my application status?

You can view your most recent application status by logging in to the Applicant Self-service facility. Alternatively, you may view the publicly-available status viewer at uct.ac.za/apply/applications/undergraduates/status/ for undergraduate applicants or uct.ac.za/apply/applications/postgraduates/status/ for postgraduate applicants.

Application Fees

1. Who pays the fee?

All applicants for admission in 2015 are required to pay the application fee. Note the following exceptions:

  • If you are not applying for admission to the Graduate School of Business, and you graduated from UCT in the past, you are exempted from paying the fee.
  • If you paid the fee for admission in 2014, and deferred your application to 2015, you are exempted from paying the fee.

2. How much is the application fee?

For details of the application fee, and how to pay it, please go to uct.ac.za/apply/fees/structure/#1

National Benchmark Tests (NBTs)

1. Who is required to write the NBTs?

This requirement is not waived based on your previous academic history. You must write the NBTs if you are:

  • applying to the Faculty of Health Sciences,
  • applying for admission to an undergraduate programme at UCT, and live, or attend school, in South Africa,

2. By when must the NBTs be written?

Write the NBTs no later than 12 October 2014. If you are unable to write the NBTs by this date, you must apply for permission to write later and this must reach the Admissions Office before the end of September 2014. Permission will only be granted if there is evidence you were unable to write by 12 October 2014.

3. Where can I find more information about what the NBTs test, and how the results are reported?

Please visit www.nbt.ac.za for further information.

Offers of admission

1. When can I expect an offer of admission?

Offers of admission may be conditional, or firm.

Conditional offers of admission are made to stronger applicants throughout the year, as soon as we have sufficient information (particularly your academic record and NBT scores, where appropriate) on which to base an offer.

Firm offers of admission are made after we receive your final academic results, whether these are from your school or university.

2. By when must I respond to the offer of admission?

You must respond as soon as possible by returning the signed Declaration.

3. Must I pay an acceptance deposit?

If you are applying for admission to a programme at the Graduate School of Business, please check the required acceptance deposit by visiting uct.ac.za/apply/fees/structure/#2.

If you receive an acceptance for any programme beside the GSB, you do not have to pay an acceptance deposit.

4. What happens if I am made two offers of admission?

If you are an undergraduate applicant with two offers of admission, you may accept both. In January we will ask you to select one, and we will give you a date by which this selection must be made online.

If you are postgraduate applicant with two offers of admission, you may accept both. We request, however, that you submit your preference to us as soon as possible, and withdraw from the programme that you do not wish to register for.

Financial aid

Potential students can download UCT's financial support application form or telephone 021 650 5094.

Applicants should keep in mind that:

  • Financial support applications for 2015 close on 31 October 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Applicants must be either citizens or permanent residents of South Africa.
  • Applicants must hold no other tertiary qualification, except when they are applying for financial support to study a postgraduate
  • certificate in education or a postgraduate diploma in music.
  • Applicants must also be applying for an approved full-time undergraduate degree at UCT.