Categories of students that pay South African fees
South African citizens: must have valid South African ID Book (a passport or birth certificate is not sufficient).
South African permanent residents: must have valid South African ID Book or permanent residency certificate (a passport or birth certificate is not sufficient).
Diplomats and their dependants stationed in South Africa: local fees only apply while diplomatic status is valid. Proof is required each year.
Official refugees: only applicable once they have been granted Official Refugee Status. ID book or papers are required as proof.
Children and spouses of UCT employees: pay local fees. This would only be for permanent employees of UCT in terms of employment benefits given. This benefit would correlate to employment benefit status (i.e., exclude T1 contract staff).
Categories of students that pay international fees
Students married to South African citizens or permanent residents: pay international fees unless the student themselves has obtained South African citizenship or permanent residency.
Same-sex marriages to South African citizen or permanent resident: pay international fees unless the student themselves has obtained South African citizenship or permanent residency.
Life partnerships to South African citizen or permanent resident: pay international fees unless the student themselves has obtained South African citizenship or permanent residency.
Asylum seekers: will need to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. After an extended period in South Africa, it needs to be judged whether or not an expectation of official refugee status has been created.
South African taxpayers (i.e., only pay South African tax, e.g., contract workers or temporary residents): the criterion of paying tax is not sufficient for a reduction in international fees.
SADC taxpayers: tax-paying per se is not a sufficient condition for exemption from international fees.
South African and SADC temporary residents: if they are required to renew their residence status periodically, they cannot be considered permanent residents of the country.
South African permanent resident applications under review (including those married to a South African resident/citizen): there is no guarantee that permanent residence will be granted. Until such status is granted, international fees apply. Note that status at registration determines the fees paid.
How international fees are calculated for each year of registration
Fee per course/s selected + faculty international term fee (ITF) + administration fee
SADC students, research master’s degree students and PhD students are not charged the international term fee.
It still remains your responsibility to consult the UCT Fees Handbook for the comprehensive explanations and rules relating to fees.
Other charges levied include items such as student accommodation, societies, parking, clubs and fines incurred.
It remains the responsibility of the student to consult the official UCT Fees Handbook for the comprehensive explanations and rules relating to fees.
Course and dissertation codes can be obtained from the relevant UCT department or faculty – not IAPO. Also refer to the UCT Fees Handbook for prices per course, rules surrounding payments, residence and faculty international term fees (ITF).
Initial (minimum) fee payment information
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