Business, STEM, Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Business, STEM, Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

  • Location

    Cape Town

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

    Known as the "Harvard of Africa," the University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university and one of the continent's leading teaching and research institutions. In 2015, QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities all ranked The University of Cape Town as the highest of any African university, and #14 among all BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) universities. You can study humanities, social sciences, engineering, architecture, business, natural sciences, and law. The breathtaking location of Upper Campus's Jameson Hall looks out onto the city and up at Devil's Peak. While attending UCT, you will get to enjoy over 30 different social clubs and sports throughout the semester.

  • Term

    Fall 1 2019

  • Program Dates

    Jul 05, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Apr 10, 2019

  • Credit

    72 - 90 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $17,250

  • This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Description

Known as the "Harvard of Africa," the University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university and one of the continent's leading teaching and research institutions. You can study in several fields, including Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Law, Business, and Natural Sciences.

Semester + Semester Programs Available: You can combine the Spring + Fall OR Fall + Spring sessions at a discounted price. For more information about this option, please contact your ISA South Africa Program Manager.

Service-Learning in Cape Town
In addition to your academic courses, Study + Service-Learning programs allow you to serve alongside a local organization and engage in reflective assignments. Service-learning will develop your intercultural competency skills and increase your understanding of social issues in your host community. Visit the ISA Service-Learning website to see placement opportunities in Cape Town and for more information about how to receive academic credit.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

 

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Contact Hours

72 - 90

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 18

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 25

Academic Information

IMPORTANT: The courses listed below are just a sampling of all the courses UCT offers. Please use the course handbooks listed under the section title "Additional Course Offerings to the Sample Below" to make final course selections. 

  • Course Credit

Per the University of Cape Town, 6 HEQF (NQF) credits = 1 U.S. semester credit (1.5 U.S. quarter credits). Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the students' home universities. Students can enroll in a total of 72-90 HEQF (NQF) credits per semester.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program. 

  • Course Selection

Only courses with an 'F' at the end of the course code will be available during the Spring semester. Example: HST1000F: History of South Africa. Only courses that end with an 'S' are available during the Fall semester. Example: POL1005S

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement and/or prerequisites.

Please consult the UCT Faculty Handbooks for a complete list of course offerings and information.

  • Course Level

Students with no prior knowledge about a specific subject should select introductory courses at the 1000 level Students with prior knowledge about a subject should choose courses at the 2000 and 3000 level.

Please note that students may only select 3000 level courses if they meet all pre-requisite qualifications.Additionally, selecting 3000 level courses will prolong the issuing of the University of Cape Town Official Letter, which is required for visa application.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Keep in mind that when choosing courses, even lower level courses at the University of Cape Town can be quite challenging and academically rigorous.

  • Course Recommendation

ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses offered by the University of Cape Town (UCT). Please note that the course level recommendations are based on unique course codes provided by the UCT. Courses offered at the UCT are coded according to the area of study, the level of the course contents (which is related to the year of studies), and the semester in which the course is offered. The first 3 letters of the code indicate the area of study, the first number in the following 4 digit numeral indicates the year of studies, and the final letter (F, S or W) indicates the semester in which the course is offered (F = First=Spring, S = Second=Fall, W = Whole year). Courses taken in the 1st and 2nd year of studies are recommended as lower division, while courses taken in the 3rd and 4th year of studies are recommended as upper division and may have certain prerequisite requirements. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisers and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

  • Sample Courses and Syllabi

The courses listed below are only a sampling of courses available. As such, certain courses listed below may not be available during every semester. Please click the "Complete University Course Catalog Listing" link for full Course Handbooks. Requests for syllabi can be made to the Site Specialist.

  • Duly Performed/Duly Performed Refusal

Duly Performed (DP) is a grade qualifier used at UCT that will determine a student's eligibility to take their final examination.  If a student has received DP for a course, it means that they have met the requirements for continuous assessment (eg. mid-terms, quizzes, assignments) to take their final exam.   In the UCT system, grades are heavily contingent on the final exam. The largest percentage of a student's grade in a course is determined by the final exam grade.  Opting to not take the final exam will likely lead to a failing grade in the course.

  • Transcript Information

The transcript from the University of Cape Town will reflect HEQF credits for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your U.S. University regarding credit transfer for this program. 

Courses

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University of Cape Town
Faculty of Commerce
Accounting
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
Economics
18 Host University Units
16 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
Macroeconomics
ECO1011F
18 Host University Units
Marketing I
BUS2010F/S
18 Host University Units
Marketing IIA
BUS3041F
18 Host University Units
Marketing IIB
BUS3043S
18 Host University Units
Microeconomics
ECO1011S
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Architecture, Planning and Geomatics
24 Host University Units
16 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
Geomatics II
APG2014S
24 Host University Units
Geomatics III
APG3012S
24 Host University Units
8 Host University Units
12 Host University Units
12 Host University Units
8 Host University Units
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8 Host University Units
16 Host University Units
12 Host University Units
16 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
Surveying I
APG2016W
24 Host University Units
Technology II
APG2021W
24 Host University Units
Technology III
APG3023W
24 Host University Units
6 Host University Units
6 Host University Units
6 Host University Units
Astronomy
24 Host University Units
Astrophysics
AST2002H
24 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
Chemical Engineering
8 Host University Units
Catalysis
CHE3039S
8 Host University Units
4 Host University Units
16 Host University Units
6 Host University Units
8 Host University Units
Engineering I
CHE1005W
44 Host University Units
20 Host University Units
20 Host University Units
8 Host University Units
8 Host University Units
12 Host University Units
Reactor Design
CHE3044F
12 Host University Units
Reactor Design I
CHE3044F
12 Host University Units
13 Host University Units
13 Host University Units
12 Host University Units
Thermodynamics I
CHE2035S
12 Host University Units
12 Host University Units
Civil Engineering
8 Host University Units
16 Host University Units
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16 Host University Units
16 Host University Units
Water Treatment
CIV3046F
12 Host University Units
Electrical Engineering
24 Host University Units
20 Host University Units
12 Host University Units
8 Host University Units
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12 Host University Units
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12 Host University Units
10 Host University Units
Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
36 Host University Units
48 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
Bionumeracy
STA1007S
18 Host University Units
12 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
Dynamics
MAM1044H
18 Host University Units
16 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
Linear Models
STA2005S
24 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
Mathematics 1000
MAM1000W
36 Host University Units
Mathematics 1004
MAM1004F
18 Host University Units
Mathematics 1005
MAM1005H
18 Host University Units
Mathematics 1006
MAM1006H
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
Mathematics 2000
MAM2000W
48 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
Mathematics 3000
MAM3000W
72 Host University Units
Mathematics 3001
MAM3001W
72 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
12 Host University Units
12 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
16 Host University Units
Mechanical Engineering
Dynamics I
MEC2023F/S
16 Host University Units
12 Host University Units
12 Contact Hours
12 Host University Units
8 Contact Hours
12 Contact Hours
12 Host University Units
12 Contact Hours
8 Host University Units
Thermofluids II
MEC3033F
20 Contact Hours
Faculty of Humanities
Anthropology
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
30 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
Archaelogy
36 Host University Units
Human Evolution
AGE2011S
24 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
Centre For Film and Media Studies
30 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
Environmental and Geographical Science
36 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
Gender Studies
Historical Studies
30 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
Information Systems
18 Host University Units
Michaelis School of Fine Art
Art and Theory
FIN3028F
30 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
Philosophy
18 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
Political Studies
30 Host University Units
30 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
Political Theory
POL2002S
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
30 Host University Units
Psychology
30 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
30 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
Religious Studies
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
School of Languages and Literatures
24 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
Arabic IIA
SLL2080F
24 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
Sociology
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
South African College of Music
African Music 1
MUZ1322F
18 Host University Units
African Music II
MUZ2322S
21 Host University Units
9 Host University Units
Career Studies
MUZ1327F
6 Host University Units
Faculty of Science
Biology
18 Host University Units
Cell Biology
BIO1000F
18 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
Life in the Sea
BIO2013F
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
Marine Resources
BIO3017S
36 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
Chemistry
Chemistry 1000
CEM1000W
36 Host University Units
Chemistry 1009
CEM1009H
18 Host University Units
Chemistry 1010
CEM1010H
18 Host University Units
Chemistry 3005
CEM3005W
72 Host University Units
16 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
Computer Science
Computer Games
CSC2003S
24 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
16 Host University Units
44 Host University Units
Geological Sciences
24 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
12 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
Physical Geology
GEO2004S
24 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
Human Biology
36 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
30 Host University Units
35 Host University Units
8 Host University Units
Molecular and Cell Biology
36 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
Oceanography
Marine Systems
SEA2005S
24 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
Physics
36 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
24 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
36 Host University Units
18 Host University Units
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Course Disclaimer
  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Bridget Naphen

Program Manager, South Africa

CAPE TOWN TEAM

Ouma Mpela

Resident Director, South Africa

Belinda Eland

Housing Coordinator, South Africa

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

View all Funding Options

Housing

Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the South African lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Uncovering the uniqueness of your surroundings will help you to feel right at home. As a student at the University of Cape Town, you will commute 15 minutes via the UCT bus to class. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

Student Residence

The residence halls in Cape Town are located off campus. The apartment-style accommodations have shared kitchens and bathroom facilities. Meals and laundry service are not included. You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Hermanus

Learn firsthand about South Africa's vast biodiversity through sea kayaking and whale watching.

Langa Community Tour

Designated as a zone for Black Africans prior to apartheid, the Langa Township is a suburb of Cape Town. See first-hand some typical living conditions within the townships of South Africa and meet some of the locals.

Robben Island

Visit the infamous Apartheid-era political prison where former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years.

Signal Hill Hike * Optional

Hike one of Cape Town's most famous natural landmarks.