Engage in an innovative, dynamic and immersive African experience

At the International  Office, we create global learning programmes to give international universities and organisations a South African perspective on pertinent themes. Come and experience the spectacular hospitality of the City of Cape Town and draw on the vast academic competencies within UCT to gain insight into our context and world.

We offer a variety of programmes and services which can be customised for your needs and interests. Programmes are not credit bearing (credits are to be awarded by the home institution).

Our services include:

  • Standardised programmes in specialised disciplines
  • Customised programmes, design and facilitation of customised programmes, for a minimum of ten participants
  • Faculty-led engagement and programmes
  • Academic experts in topical areas
  • Teaching venues, accommodation and access to campus facilities
  • Specialised excursions to heritage sites in Cape Town and other parts of South Africa
  • Service learning and community engagement opportunities

Our current clients and partners include:

  • Global academic partners
  • High level international organisations

Choose the option that suits your needs

We offer standardised, customised, faculty-led, service-learning and island programmes to provide you with an immersive experience and a memorable learning journey in Cape Town.




Led and taught by a partner institution’s faculty members at the University of Cape Town, these programmes developed to correspond with students’ majors, minors or specific areas of interest or study with an added South African perspective.

Faculty-led programmes are tailored according to the partner institution’s academic programme needs. In many cases, UCT’s faculty provide academic expertise on programme themes.

The International Office arranges the lecture venues, accommodation, transfers, excursions and field trips.

Faculty-led programmes we have offered to global institutions include:

  • Queens College, CUNY, USA: Humans & Nature in Society
  • John Jay College, CUNY, USA: Criminal and Social Justice
  • Bocconi University, Italy: Business Entrepreneurship
  • Boston College, USA: Interfaith



Service learning connects student learning objectives to an established community need with a community partner for the benefit of all parties.

Project activities and deliverables can vary widely as service learning can take on many forms.

Some of our Service-Leaning Partners

• Western Cape schools.

• Social justice programmes.

• Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).




Island programmes are run by the partner institution, with logistical support provided by the University of Cape Town.

These courses offer international students and staff the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of UCT and Cape Town while continuing their academic journey with their home institution.

We have provided island programmes to the following institutions:

  • Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), USA
  • Institute for International Education of Student (IES Abroad), USA
  • University of Texas, USA
  • University of North Carolina, USA

Services Provided

  • Welcome orientation
  • Safety and security guidance
  • Guided campus tours
  • Accommodation assistance
  • UCT learning and study venues
  • Transport on UCT’s Jammie Shuttle
  • Wellness Centre visits
  • Visits to iconic sites and museums
  • Wi-Fi access