Colleges and universities in Cape Town

university in Cape TownThe universities in Cape Town are some of the most esteemed in the country. The institutions not only employ a significant number of expats, they offer internationally accredited degrees and courses open to students of all nationalities.

Students will need to secure a study permit in order to formally enrol.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

The former Cape and Peninsula technikons have now been amalgamated into the largest university in the Western Cape, with over 25,000 students on two main campuses. Their IT centre is the largest on the continent.

Stellenbosch University

Located in the historic heart of the surrounding Winelands, this predominantly Afrikaans-language instruction university is highly regarded for its research institutions.

University of Cape Town

The country’s oldest university was founded in 1829 on the picturesque slopes of Table Mountain. Today it respecitively has the highest number of A-rated scientists and foreign students in Africa and is consistently ranked as the best university on the continent.

University of South Africa

Officially the largest correspondence university in the world, Pretoria-based University of South Africa (UNISA) offers distance education to over 300,000 students in South Africa and abroad. Many of their degrees are recognised in the USA, a rarity among South African universities.

University of the Western Cape

Founded in 1959 as a separate college for non-white students, UWC has evolved into an internationally respected university with over 12,000 students in 68 departments, institutes and research centres.