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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Winter
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
University of Michigan Center for Global and Intercultural Study

University Study in
South Africa -
University of Cape Town


crowd in the streets in south africa

University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, founded in 1829 as the South African College, a boys' school which also provided some tertiary-level education. During the 1880s, as South Africa itself entered a boom period related to trade and mineral exploration, the school grew rapidly. By 1918, the tertiary-level part of the College had become the University of Cape Town. In 1929-30, UCT was moved to the site which is now its main campus. This area was originally a portion of the English-born businessman and mining magnate Cecil Rhodes' estate.

Like U-M, UCT is a university that prides itself on not only its undergraduate education, but also its graduate programs and the excellent faculty research portfolio. UCT is composed of about 70 "faculties," roughly equivalent to U-M's separate colleges and schools. UM students will have access to courses in the following faculties at UCT:  Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment, and Faculty of Commerce. Students will not normally be eligible to enroll in courses in the Faculties of Law and Medicine on either campus. 
Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline.


  • Junior or Senior standing by program start date
  • Good academic standing
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only


Students select from among the full range of courses offered in the Faculty of Humanities (equivalent to LS&A) at the host university. To view the course catalog, please visit the UCT website.

12 to 18 Michigan in-residence credits per term.

Instruction is in English.

LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.

Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).


Winter 19 Budget Sheet 

Fall 18 Budget Sheet

Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.

Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).

Scholarships and Funding

LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need.

MCompass Funding Opportunities 

Sources for Funding Global Study

Passport and Visa

Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.

When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.

For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.

Application Procedures

Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.

Application Requirements include:

  • Attendance at a session of First Step
  • 1 Academic Recommendation Form (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online)
  • U-M Transcript
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
  • Records Release
  • Disciplinary Disclosure
  • Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
  • UCT Application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Course Study Plan
  • Passport Photo (2)
  • Housing Form
  • Resume or CV


Off-campus housing with other short-term international students enrolled at UCT. Both on and off campus student accommodation is required to meet the government gazetted standards for student housing as published by the Centre for Higher Education. These standards apply to all public universities and university-accredited student housing providers across the sector.

The policy covers inter alia: physical infrastructure, health & safety, furnishings and fittings, construction, repairs and maintenance, student well-being and support, accessibility for students with disabilities, design of buildings and facilities and management. Refer to this link for more information. 

Need to Know

Fall 2018-Winter 2019 UCT Handbook
Host Institution: UCT IAPO 

CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:

  • Preparing to Travel (passports, visas, air travel, culture shock, financial planning)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships (program affordability, university financial aid packages, scholarships)
  • Health and Safety (travel health insurance, vaccinations/medications, self-disclosure of health information, mental health, social identities, emergencies abroad)
  • Policies (grades and credit, registration, billing, withdrawals)
  • Diversity and Access Abroad (helpful resources, LGBTQ identities abroad, racial and ethnic identities abroad, disabilities and accommodations)
  • Information for families of students participating in CGIS programs

Contact Information

Center for Global and Intercultural Study
Suite 200
Weiser Hall
500 Church St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

Note: The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2019 09/15/2018
09/27/2018 01/27/2019 06/07/2019
Fall 2019 02/01/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/01/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA

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