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UCT Pathway Programme 

If you are an international student and want to study at the University of Cape Town (UCT), but don't yet have the required level of English proficiency, then the UCT International Pathway Programme can help. This course is designed to prepare you for your academic career.  As a university language centre, we are committed to supporting our students in reaching the level they need.

These courses run from September for 8 or 12 weeks in the year prior to admission to UCT.  The course can be quite challenging, so be prepared!

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Pathway 8-week course

On the Pathway 8-week course, you will study 30 lessons a week from 9.00 to 16.10. The course is extremely intensive and you will need to do a lot of individual work in your own time as well.  Be prepared!

Quick Guide
Timetable 9.00 to 16.10
Maximum Class Size 20
Lessons per Week 30
Lesson Duration 50 Minutes
Materials Included
Levels See language requirements
Start Date October 2021
Minimum Age 18

Pathway 12-week course

On the Pathway 12-week course, you will study 30 lessons a week from 9.00 to 16.10. The course is extremely intensive and you will be doing a lot of work in your own time as well. Be prepared!

Quick Guide
Timetable 9.00 to 16.10
Maximum Class Size 20
Lessons per Week 30
Lesson Duration 50 Minutes
Materials Included
Levels See language requirements
Start Date September 2021
Minimum Age 18

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How do I get into the UCT Pathway Programme? 

To be considered for the UCT Pathway Programme, you need to:

  • Be conditionally admitted to UCT for an under- or post-graduate programme or SSA programme
  • Not yet meet the English language admission requirement for UCT postgraduate studies or SSA Programmes
  • Meet the Pathways Language Requirements (see below).
  • Be prepared to learn and work on skills to become ready for regular coursework at UCT, such as English Language Skills related to academic life.

Language Requirements for the UCT Pathway Programme

To be considered for the UCT Pathway Programme, you need to meet the minimum language requirement in one of the three exams, IELTS, TOEFL or the PTE Academic Test.

IELTS 6 5.5
TOEFL 80 72
PTE Academic 59 51
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Programme Details 

The academic year in South Africa starts in February, and applications open in April of the previous year.

Courses are delivered in small groups and consist of a mix of lectures and practical workshops for maximum impact.

Depending on your current level of English proficiency, the duration of your course may be 8 or 12 weeks.

8 Weeks

R28,270

12 Weeks

R37,590

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Applying to UCT

As the premier university on the continent, UCT is home to over 4000 international students from Africa and around the world.  Many students take  our IELTS preparation course with the aim of getting admission to UCT when their English language proficiency reaches the level required to be considered for admission.

Admission to UCT is highly competitive and to be successful as an international undergraduate applicant you need to have excellent high school grades.  As a research-intensive university, UCT particularly welcomes applications from international students for its postgraduate programmes.

 

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What can I study at UCT? 

Study at the University of Cape town (UCT) and take advantage of the chance to reshape the way you think about your subject and the role you're going to play in the world.

Through the UCT Pathway Programme you will access the full range of UCT's world-class postgraduate programmes across all academic disciplines. UCT has six faculties: Commerce, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Science - offering a wide choice of specialisation.

You will also have access to the UCT Semester Study Abroad (SSA) programme. This programme allows international students to spend one or two semesters at UCT taking undergraduate courses for credit which can then be transferred to their home institution.

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You will receive a lot of guidance about how to conduct research and specifically, how UCT's library systems and conventions work.  Part of this is knowing how to cite sources accurately and ethically.

 

On the course, you will write an essay on a subject of your choice and this will form part of your final mark.  The course is structured in such a way that we assist you from choosing your topic, and culminating in a presentation in which you tell your classmates about your topic.

The course will introduce you to the concept of critical thinking so you can engage critically with advanced topics and give thoughtful, logical responses to questions in the Speaking and Writing sections.

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