Student Exchange Programmes

Through establishing international partnerships that create opportunity for mobility, we encourage our students to become global citizens.

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Outgoing from UWC

Student exchange takes place between partner institutions where a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) exists. Students are selected through an agreed nomination procedure. They will continue to be registered at the home institution and at the host institution for the duration of the exchange semester.

Students participating in an exchange semester remain liable for tuition fees at UWC, while the host university waives tuition. Students follow course enrolment or a study plan, approved by their home department. Credits are transferred at the end of the exchange period.

Incoming to UWC

Where a student exchange MoU exists, applicants must apply through their home university’s international office. Student exchange takes place through formal agreements between UWC and its partner institutions, where the terms are agreed in advance of the nomination. This includes duration of stay and credit transfer.

Doctoral students should include a brief motivation, research outline and a letter of support from their home supervisor. All other students can apply through their home university’s international office.

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CompCare Medical Scheme

Are you an international student who needs medical cover to register at the University of the Western Cape? This plan may be for you.

What our students say

  • Student Exchange Programme
    First Semester 2018
    University of Missouri – St. Louis
    I am grateful for the Henry Mitchell Scholarship and the University of the Western Cape for providing me with such experience. UWC paid for my VISA fees and airplane return ticket. I used the money I received from Henry Mitchell scholarship to pay for housing. As an exchange student, UMSL waived my tuition fees. Furthermore, I’d like to thank the UWC International Relations Office for the undated support right from the application process to the transfer of my credits.

    Phindulo Mavhina
    BSc Medical Bioscience Final Year
  • Student Exchange Programme:
    Henry Mitchell Fellow 2017
    University of Missouri/ University of the Western Cape
    A special word of thanks to Ms. Debra Lamson and her colleagues at my home University, The University of the Western Cape. Ms Lamson believed in my potential when she selected me for the program and supported me throughout the entire journey. Similarly, thanks to Prof Uphoff, Mr. David Currey, Ms Kristen Colbretch, Ms Carol from Reslife, The LGBTQI Resource Centre, my professors and everyone who supported me and looked after me at the University of Missouri.
    Johan Fourie
    3rd Year Social Work Student
  • Student Exchange Programme: Henry Mitchell
    University of Missouri/ University of the Western Cape
    During my time in South Africa I was afforded an opportunity of a lifetime. Through this enriching opportunity I meet new people and built life-long relationships with a group of extraordinary people. I am extremely grateful to the UM UWC partnership and the Henry Mitchell Scholarship fund for making this experience possible. Thank you Dr. Meuser, for allowing me to join this project and for valuing my skills and my voice. This trip has helped me grow beyond what I could have ever imagined in terms of educational experience, cultural immersion and competency, and awareness of the self and others.
    Brianne L. Overton

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Important Notice

The University of the Western Cape is closely monitoring developments surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. Bearing in mind the many adjustments that UWC has had to make in response to the global pandemic, our Office will keep students updated on all changes and decisions, regarding international travel and mobility. Study Abroad and Student Exchange opportunities will be posted in due course, as soon as there is more clarity on the COVID-19 situation, and the way forward.