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University of the Western Cape

3.8 out of 5 (105 ratings / 103 reviews) Cape Town, South Africa
The University of the Western Cape is a national university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality, a place to grow. It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Education & Training (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



In 1959, Parliament adopted legislation establishing the University College of the Western Cape as a constituent college of the University of South Africa for people classified as "Coloured". The first group of 166 students enrolled in 1960. In 1970 the institution gained university status and was able to award its own degrees and diplomas


UWC is a research-rich environment. The academic staff is highly qualified, with 50% holding doctorates. Most departments have graduate programmes, some with the largest intake in the country. There are many institutes and centres with a strong research emphasis.

And there are significant projects and programmes which draw on expertise across departments and faculties. There are also joint endeavours between the University of the Western Cape and the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch. 20% of all students at UWC are postgraduates


To facilitate interactive career networking opportunities for students, faculty and prospective employers so as to prepare students for their entry into the world of work and thus increase their motivation to successfully complete their studies

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Student services

We are committed to providing culturally sensitive services of the highest quality. As the campus office devoted to international students, we strive to create an environment that allows for successful educational and personal experiences through orientation, advising, programs and outreach

Housing services

Residence operations is responsible for all operational aspects relating to Residence buildings and services, which include but are not limited to maintenance issues, cleaning, security, pest control, transport, etc. The Residences are grouped into Clusters. Each cluster has a Cluster Coordinator who assumes responsibility for all operational aspects within his/her cluster

Library services

To those who wish to thrive in this Information Age; to learn how to find authoritative information efficiently, using technology or otherwise; for study, research, and practical daily or professional use; to augment existing knowledge; or to find a quiet refuge from daily existence, the University of the Western Cape Library is the place for you.

ICT services

Computer labs are available at the following Residences: Cassinga, Basil February, Chris Hani, Colline Williams, E. Dos Santos, Liberty, Ruth First, Hector Peterson, Kwikbake and DISA Residence. There are lab managers who are able assist you with the services available. Computer Labs are accessible after working hours to enable students to type assignments, do research and social networking

Medical services

To those of you who had to visit the Campus Health Centre during the renovations, we offer a big ‘thank you’ for putting up with the noise and dust that inevitably accompanies such a major process. However, we are sure that a repeat visit to the new and improved UWC Campus & Wellness Centre will justify the discomfort you have had to endure during that phase!

Student Life

Sports facilities

UWC Sport builds and profiles the image of the University through the support of both competitive and campus recreation sport as a contributor to the holistic development of the students and staff of the University.

  • Aquatic
  • Athletic
  • Basketball
  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • Dance Sport
  • Football
  • Hiking
  • Hockey
  • Karate
  • Netball

Student Reviews

Bitter sweet
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It was a bitter sweet journey. Bitter sweet in the sense that I gain skills and knowledge but the COVID-19 brought in some challenges of e-Learning but however the university was able to support students by providing them data and laptops with the eLearning.

UWC Institute for Social Development
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Good and very informative

Self discovery
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The university gave me an opportunity to be tutor for two my modules that I had in my first year and had passed really well. That boosted my confidence in my knowledge of accounting even more. I enjoy studying at the university of Western cape.

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