Application & Submission

We would like to assist our students and staff to become global citizen and create an opportunity for mobility. Therefore we encourage you to apply for these opportunities.

We are excited that you have considered UWC as your development partner in the process of attaining your learning goals. We are privileged to host students from numerous nationalities in a variety of programmes.

International students include all persons whose nationality is from abroad (out of Africa), from the SADAC countries (within Africa), Refugees, Section 24 Asylum Permit holders and any other person who is not in possession of a South African citizen Identity document.​

International students have unique requirements associated with their study in South Africa and thus need specialised support. The International Student Services Office (ISSO) is a dedicated unit of Student Administration that exists to support International Students at various stages in the process of their education at UWC.

UWC strives to be a place to grow from hope to action through knowledge and is committed to teaching, learning and research. It offers International Students the opportunity to pursue their learning goals in a diverse and thriving academic community located in the iconic city of Cape Town.

ISSO aims to justify your confidence in the University of the Western Cape as the preferred development partner in the process of attaining your learning goals. This web-page contains important information for your application to study at the UWC.

ISSO aligns with the Institutional aim to:
Further global perspectives among its staff and students, thereby strengthening intellectual life and contributing to South Africa’s reintegration in the world community.
– (UWC Mission Statement, 1997)

Follow these Steps to apply to UWC

Step 1:


Visit the UWC ACADEMIA page to ensure that your meet the minimum requirements for your preferred Academic Programme.

Step 2:


Visit the UWC EVALUATION page in order to obtain Exemption from USAf or Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications from SAQA.

Step 3:


Visit the UWC APPLICATION page in order to submit an Online Application to UWC.
Step 4:


Visit the IMMIGRATION page and review the information supplied for the VISA Application or VISA Renewal Process.
Step 5:


Visit the REGISTRATION page and follow the Pre-Registration Clearance Process and Register.
Step 6:


Go to the ARRIVAL page and prepare for your relocation to Cape Town.
Step 7:


Visit the FEEDBACK page and help us improve your experience.​