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Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS)

About the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS)

The mission of the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS) is to contribute to the University's social responsiveness through the support of student success and by acting to make the academic and knowledge resources of the University accessible to a wider range of participants. The EMS provides a range of courses and learning opportunities for local and overseas university students as well as participants from commerce and industry, government departments, NGOs and the general public.

EMS coordinates several different initiatives including the annual Summer School, short courses for the general public, continuing education courses for working people, Third Term credit-bearing courses for current UCT students and specialised programmes for visiting international student groups.

Summer School

The annual Summer School runs for two weeks in January each year and is the largest public education programme of its kind in South Africa, regularly attracting around 3 000 people. This public education programme offers courses on a range of topics from arts, humanities and current issues to the physical and environmental sciences and aims to make specialised knowledge accessible to a wide audience, regardless of educational qualifications. These courses are for non-degree purposes and do not involve examinations or certification, though written or practical projects and reading may be required. The programme is available from October each year on the Summer School website.

LSE-UCT July School

2017 LSE Poster
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) are delighted to offer the fifth LSE-UCT July School from 17 - 28 July 2017. This innovative and prestigious two-week 'summer school' style programme provides the highest calibre students, graduates and professionals from across the globe with an exciting opportunity to study important social science issues relevant to Africa today across subject areas as diverse as international relations, economics, management, government, geography, law, media and social policy.
Bookings are now open.

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Contact us

Physical address
Level 3, Kramer Bldg, Middle Campus

Postal address
Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, UCT, Private Bag, Rondebosch, 7701

Tel: 021 650 2888
Fax: 021 650 2893


Summer School

LSE-UCT July School