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University of Cape Town Scholarships

Introduction..

The South African University of Cape Town (UCT) has announced fully-funded scholarships for all degree programs in a number of disciplines for the 2023-2024 academic year. UCT offers international students the opportunity to study in South Africa for free through scholarships. The majority of South African Scholarships are fully financed and do not require an IELTS certificate.

In the nineteenth century, this illustrious South African institution of higher learning, the University of Cape Town, began with government funding and grew into a legitimate, high-quality educational institution. In the period of over two decades, the UCT has successfully become one of Cape Town’s premier universities. It is renowned for offering gifted and young generations with innovative and remarkable learning opportunities and a creative environment.

  • The University of Cape Town consists of six faculties and focuses on research.

Sciences of Health Law Engineering
Commerce

Science

Humanities

Approximately 30,000 students attend UCT and strive tirelessly for a better future. 5,000 of these are gifted international students. The UCT has offered numerous scholarship opportunities at the University of Cape Town to students from around the globe. The Student Handbook 14 has a list of various scholarships that students can review.

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English and African are the mediums of instruction at UCT
The medium of instruction for teaching, lectures, admission, and examination at UCT is English. At UCT, however, English, Afrikaans, and isiXhosa are the official languages.

  • English Language Requirements at University of Cape Town (UCT):

For admission to UCT, applicants from non-native English-speaking nations must demonstrate their English language proficiency. UCT recognizes IELTS scores of at least 6 bands, TOEFL scores of 88+ overall, the National English Benchmark test, and PTE scores of 67+ overall.

  • Acceptance of Acceptance Rate of UCT is only 5 to 7 percent

Admission to the University of Cape Town (UCT) is not difficult to obtain. Low selectivity results in a competitive acceptance rate of up to 7 percent at UCT. However, entering any medical area is not as simple as it may appear. It may necessitate a somewhat distinct and intricate technique.

How to Apply for UCT Scholarships

As stated previously, dozens of scholarships are available to students who wish to attend UCT but cannot due to lack of tuition fees funding.

Prior to applying for any degree program, students are required to pre-register at UCT. Students can visit the International Academic Programs Office for further assistance (IAPO).

Before applying for a scholarship, students must first apply and enroll in the degree program at UCT. Plan the submission at least six months in advance of the deadline.

After submitting an application for a specific degree program, the candidate should contact the department head to enquire about potential scholarship opportunities.

Document requirements and application requirements can differ. Applicants to the Need-Based Scholarship Program, for example, are required to provide a statement of purpose. However, statement letters together with academic transcripts and records are required for Merit-Based Scholarships.

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Research-Based Scholarships at UCT require a course-related research proposal.

Scholarships at the University of Cape Town that are fully funded in 2023:
The list of UCT scholarships 2023 available to all University of Cape Town UCT students is as follows:

About scholarships awarded at UCT

  • Faculties offer two kinds of undergraduate scholarships: Faculty Entrance Scholarships, and Faculty Scholarships.
  • Faculties use different criteria and methods to identify scholarship recipients.  The value of the entrance scholarship may vary, and is reflected in the respective faculty section below.
  • The number of awards is limited. Awards are made on the criteria detailed below. There is no application process for these awards.
  • Faculties make awards using information provided in applications for admission and academic achievement in the previous year.
  • Faculty Entrance Scholarships are awarded to applicants on the basis of NSC achievement in open and redress pools. For Faculty Entrance Scholarships, redress is determined by an applicant’s disadvantage factor.
  • Faculty Scholarships are awarded to returning students on the basis of academic achievement in open and redress pools. For Faculty Scholarships, redress is determined by self-declared racial identity. 
  • An applicant or student who is entitled to staff fees, will have the record of the award noted on his or her transcript but the amount paid into the fee account will be a pro-rated percentage of the standard award.

General conditions applicable to Faculty Entrance Scholarships

  • Faculty Entrance Scholarships are for undergraduate students who are applying to enter the University for the first time, and are for the first year of academic study.
  • Except in the BAS and in the Performing and Creative Arts where audition and portfolio rankings are considered, Faculty Entrance Scholarships are guaranteed to applicants who attain the published faculty threshold levels.
  • Eligibility for Faculty Entrance Scholarships is restricted to South African citizens and to South African permanent residents.
  • A Faculty Entrance Scholarship may be withdrawn entirely if a recipient cancels his or her academic registration before writing mid-year examinations (recipients who cancel registration after writing the mid-year exams will receive half the scholarship value).
  • Faculty Entrance Scholarships are valid for the year in which the offer is made. Applicants deferring their studies will need to meet the published threshold level for the year in which they register. Faculties may rollover an Entrance Scholarship offer for applicants who take a ‘Gap year’.
  • A small portion of the faculty’s allotted amount for Faculty Entrance Scholarships is set aside to be awarded at the dean’s discretion and may be used for awards to applicants holding international school-leaving qualifications.

General conditions applicable to Faculty Scholarships

  • Faculty Scholarships are offered to students in their second or third year of undergraduate study. (Some Faculties also make awards for subsequent years of study.) Faculty Scholarships are tenable for one year.
  • To be considered for a Faculty Scholarship, a candidate must be registered for a full curriculum workload for the specified programme/qualification, and may not have failed a course within the programme for which he/she is registered.
  • While minimum levels of academic achievement, as defined by each Faculty and for academic programmes as specified will apply, Deans may exercise discretion when making scholarship awards taking into account a candidate’s academic record, circumstances and the advice of selection panels and heads of academic departments, as appropriate.
  • Faculty Scholarships may be withdrawn if a recipient fails to register at the University for the year in which the scholarship is awarded, changes his or her programme registration to another Faculty, or cancels his or her academic registration before writing mid-year examinations (recipients who cancel registration after writing the mid-year exams will receive half the scholarship value).
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Faculty Points Score (FPS) and subject score thresholds for the award of a Faculty Entrance Scholarship in 2023:

Download Entrance Scholarship Document for 2023

Faculty of Commerce: 

The value of the entrance scholarship is R20 000

CategoryFPSNBT-ALNBT-QLNBT MATHS
Open Minimum of 540ProficientProficientProficient
Redress Category 1 & 2 applicants with a disadvantage factor greater than 1 Minimum of 480Proficient Proficient in either QL or Maths

Faculty of Engineering & The Built Environment

  • The Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment awards Faculty Entrance Scholarships to South African citizens and permanent residents, as well as international applicants doing the South African NSC, based on the applicants’ final Faculty Point Scores (FPS).  These do not include applicants to the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS).
  • Entrance Scholarships will be awarded to 80% womxn and transgender applicants and 20% male applicants in all programmes excluding the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS).
  • Ten Entrance Scholarships will be awarded in competition to candidates in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS).
  • Entrance Scholarships will be to the value of R60 000 each.

Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Entrance scholarships may be offered to NSC applicants.
  • The number of scholarships awarded are dependent on the number of eligible students and faculty budget allocation.
  • The number of scholarships awarded is pro-rated based on the planned enrolment for each FHS programme.
  • The Dean may identify and make additional discretionary awards, including to top-achieving applicants doing non-NSC school examinations.
  • In 2023, we will make 22 entrance scholarship awards at R40 000 each.
  • The top performing applicant/s will be selected from each redress category.
  • The allocations will be split as follows:
Redress CategoryMBChBBSc Physiotherapy*BSc Occupational Therapy*BSc Speech-Language PathologyBSc Audiology
                                                                     Number of awards to be made
       1       4             1              1                 1        1
       2       3             1              1                 1        1
       3       2             1              1  
    Open       2    
     Total       11             3              3                  2        2

Note: One additional award will be allocated to either Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy taking into consideration differences in class size, which may vary from year to year.

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Faculty of Humanities

Faculty Entrance Scholarships worth R40 000 each are awarded differentially across three qualification groups:

  1. Bachelors of Arts (BA), Social Science (BSocSc) and Social Work (BSW) (70%)
  2. Extended programmes of study leading to the BA and BSocSc (10%)
  3. Qualifications in the performing and creative arts (20%)

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science and Social Work (BA, BSocSc, BSW)).

CategoryEligibilityCriteria
OpenAll SA applicantsFPS: 525 (87.5% average) or above
NBT: Proficient in Academic Literacy (AL) test
RedressApplicants with a disadvantage factor greater than 1FPS: 495 (82.5% average) or above
NBT: Upper Intermediate in Academic Literacy (AL) test

Extended Programmes of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Science

Faculty entrance scholarships in this category acknowledge and reward excellent performance in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.  Ten percent of scholarships in this category will be allocated competitively on the basis of academic merit to first-time entering applicants.  Awards are made by the Dean on the recommendation of the programme convenor and the Faculty Admissions Committee (RFAC).

Degree programmes in the creative and performing arts

Faculty entrance scholarships in this category acknowledge and reward National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination and creative or performance excellence.  The scholarships are divided among three areas on a pro rata basis and at least 50% of the awards must be to applicants from the Redress category.  Awards are made to applicants by the Head/ Director of the Department/ School on the advice of a selection panel.  Awards are made to first-time entering applicants or to transferring students who have been assessed by the school/ department/ college as having excellent potential.  Offer of a scholarship will fall away if a student subsequently registers for a qualification outside of one of the performing and creative arts degree programmes.

Bachelor of Art in Fine Art (BA(FA))

Applicants are considered for a Faculty Entrance Scholarship on the basis of their portfolio rating.  Portfolios are rated A, B+ or B and applicants are ranked and awards made to the top applicants in descending order. Where two applicants perform similarly in a portfolio submission, their NSC and NBT scores are taken into account.

Bachelor of Art in Theatre and Performance (BA(TP)); Diploma in Theatre and Performance: Diploma in Dance Education

Applicants to both the degree and diploma programmes are considered for a Faculty entrance scholarship on the basis of their audition performance, NSC results, and NBT score (all three of which are equally weighted). 

In allocating scholarships, consideration is also given to equity (with specific reference to the Redress category) and to achieving an appropriate balance between the various streams and specialisations in the degree programme.

Bachelor of Music (BMus); Diploma in Music Performance; Advanced Diploma in Opera: Advanced Diploma in Music

Applicants are considered for a Faculty entrance scholarship on the basis of their musical ability as evidenced in the audition performance.  Auditions are rated A, B+ or B and applicants are ranked and awards made to the top applicants in descending order.  Where two applicants perform similarly in an audition performance, their NSC and NBT scores are taken into account, along with any recommendation from the Music teacher.

In allocating scholarships, consideration is also given to equity (with specific reference to the Redress category) and to achieving an appropriate balance between the various streams and specialisations in the degree programme.

Dean’s Discretionary allocation

Five percent of the Faculty’s entrance scholarship allocation is earmarked for award at the discretion of the Dean.  Awards in this category allow for recognition of excellence in non-NSC or international school-leaving examinations.University of Cape Town Programmes and Scholarships

Faculty of Law

LLB (Undergraduate applicants)

CategoryNSCNBT (National Benchmark Test)
All redress categoriesWPS of 495average of 75% for Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy
OpenFPS of 510average of 80% for Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy

LLB (Graduate applicants)

CategoryGPA
All redress categories70% for previous undergraduate degree
Open77% for previous undergraduate degree

Faculty of Science

Entrance Scholarships will be awarded to students who meet the criteria set out in the table below and who register in the Faculty of Science in 2023 (note that a limited number of scholarships will be reserved for top South African students writing international examinationsUniversity of Cape Town Programmes and Scholarships

South African applicants with:a minimum Faculty Points Score (FPS) of 720 and≥80% for Mathematics in the final NSC examinations

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