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Occasional Students

An occasional international student is defined as any international student taking 2 or fewer courses per semester for only 1 or 2 semesters for non-degree purposes.

A certificate of attendance is available on request.

All enquiries, admissions and fees are administered by the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO).


Costs are available in the Fees Handbook.

Fees are payable in advance, prior to registration at UCT.


  1. A certified copy of a transcript of your most recent academic results. No application forms will be processed without original or certified copies of these transcripts.
  2. A GPA score of 3.0 or above is required. Please note that this is applicable only to students from the United States of America.
  3. A test for English language proficiency (TOEFL) or equivalent test. See UCT Language Policy and visit the National Benchmark Test site.
  4. A study permit.
  5. All international occasional students are advised to obtain medical insurance in their home countries before departure. Medical insurance is needed for a study permit.
  6. matriculation exemption is needed for admittance into this programme.


  1. Complete an international student application online.
  2. Send the completed application form and other required documentation to:
    The International Finance Officer
    Internation Academic Programme Office
    Room 3.11, Masingene Building
    Middle Campus
    University of Cape Town
    South Africa
  3. The form is processed by IAPO through Central Admissions and the faculty concerned.
  4. You can check the status of your application online.
  5. IAPO will inform you by mail once your application has been successful. You will also receive a letter of acceptance to study. With this letter you can apply for a study visa. Students are responsible for applying for their own study permits and, in the interests of saving time, IAPO will do its best to ensure that students who have been accepted to study at UCT receive their visa-issuing letter on time.
  6. IAPO will send you a fees invoice detailing the cost of your study for the duration of your study. This invoice will also have information on fees payment.
  7. On confirming your arrival date in South Africa, you will receive an information package providing you with instructions on the orientation programme and other services offered by IAPO.

Application deadlines

First semester (February to the end of June):
Application forms should reach IAPO by 15 October of the previous year.

Second semester (mid-July to the end of November):
Application forms should reach IAPO by no later than 15 April.

For all dates, see the UCT academic calendar.