Don't let your English Lanuguage skills stand in the way of studying at Africa's top-ranked university.

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.

What will I gain from this programme?

The Pathway Programme is designed to give you the skills you need to improve your English level and support your academic journey at the University of Cape Town.


Speak English with clarity, accuracy and confidence


Write accurately and construct an argument in academic style


Listen and process spoken English accurately


Understand local university systems, structures and conventions better


Read and understand English across various academic genres


Gain insight into South African history and culture


What can I study at the University of Cape Town?

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.

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 a postgraduate programme or SSA programme;
  • Not yet meet the English language admission requirement for UCT postgraduate studies or SSA Programmes;
  • 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.

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.

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