University of the Western Cape (UWC)

University of the Western Cape is a research-led, learning and teaching African university with a legacy of Social Justice, Community Engagement, and Graduate Employability.


Western Cape abbreviated as UWC is a public research university established in 1959, and is located in the town of Bellville near Cape Town. the University Ranks among the top 600 Universities in the World, according to the World University Rankings.

University of the Western Cape (UWC)


The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is a national university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality, and a place to grow, from hope to action through knowledge.


UWC is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition.

Drawing on its proud experience in the liberation struggle, the University is aware of having a distinctive academic role in helping build an equitable and dynamic society.

Attuned to South Africa’s need to make the best use of its talent pool and to be globally competitive, UWC will be a vibrant intellectual space where people engage with matters of real significance at the highest levels of competence, and it will be widely recognized for this role.

Courses Offered In UWC

The university offers a wide variety of under- and post-graduate qualifications that fit into the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Community and Health
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Natural Science

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Admission Requirements

For Degree programs:

The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate achievement, 50-59%) or better in four subjects chosen from the following recognized 20-credit NSC subjects (known as the ‘designated subject list’). Read more about admission requirements Here.


How To Apply

Step 1:  Get your application form.

  • Online Application:
    Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants use the same online application process.
  • Hardcopy Application:
    Apart from the online application, you can request application forms to be sent by post. To request forms, contact the UWC Contact Centre at 021 959 3900.

You can post your application to:

Student Administration Department
University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17

Step 2:  Complete your application form in full.

*Remember you’ll need to calculate your APS. find out here.

Step 3:  Attach all supporting documents.

Step 4:  Complete a student accommodation form.


  • Applicants must have a valid email address in order to apply online. All communication from the University in regard to your application will be sent via email. Should you not have a valid email address you can create an email account using Gmail, Yahoo Mail, or any other email provider you may prefer.
  • If you are a person with a disability, please ensure that you have completed that section fully in the online form to allow us to make contact with you regarding your support needs. Should you have any queries related to disability support at the University contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at or at +27 21 959 4170.
  • Applicants who have applied for study at UWC and who then wish to apply for UWC RESIDENCE must apply online, click here to apply for UWC Residence. Residence placement is limited and not all applicants can be accommodated. Selection will only be done from those applicants who are made offers of study by the University based on placement criteria and availability of space (not all applicants who have been made an offer to study can be accommodated). For any residence inquiries, you can contact +27 21 959 2569 or

View the full detailed breakdown on how to apply to UWC here.

Application Fees

There is NO application fee to apply. In order for your application to be considered COMPLETE you must successfully complete the online application form as well as submit all required documentation

Remember you must calculate your APS.

Application Closing dates

The final date for registration will be 03 February 2023, applicants who have accepted an offer to study and who have not registered by this date will forfeit their offer to study. Should your offer have expired you may go to the STUDY OFFER tab and click on the expired offer and accept it(all other programs).

Contact Info And Website

For Admission Related contact:
021 959 3900/01

Need to find the institution?

Physical Address: 
University of the Western Cape
Robert Sobukwe Road
Bellville 7535
South Africa

Postal Address:
University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17
Bellville 7535
South Africa


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