Application and registration

Admission requirements

International students are subject to the same entrance requirements as South African students. For more information about the Admission requirements for UWC please click HERE

If you wish to come to UWC straight from high school in your home country, you need to make certain that your high school diploma or certificate is accepted as the equivalent of the new South African National Senior Certificate (for degree studies) issued to students from 2008, or the Senior Certificate with Matriculation Exemption issued to students up until 2007. Visit the website of the Matriculation Board at for further particulars, or fax the board on +27 12 481 2922.

If you are already a university student in good standing in your home country, you may also wish to consult the Matriculation Board if you intend obtaining a UWC qualification. It is likely that you will have no difficulty obtaining matriculation status.

If you wish to spend a semester or a year at UWC as part of your course of studies elsewhere, you should discuss your plans with the UWC departments concerned so that you can make best use of your time with us.

If you wish to take a postgraduate qualification at UWC, you should submit a certified copy of your degree certificate(s) in English to the Registrar so that your qualification(s) can be evaluated. In most cases there are no difficulties.


Learners are encouraged to apply on-line to speed up the application process by visiting

Online Applications open on the 22nd April 2016 and close on the 30th September 2016 except for BDent and BOH programmes in the Faculty of Dentistry which close on the 31st August 2016.



If you have written the NSC examination already, you need to submit the following:

If the required documents are not submitted by Friday 30 September 2016 your application will not be considered.


If you are applying from another institution of higher learning you need to submit certified copies of the following:

If the required documents are not submitted by Friday 30 September 2016 your application will not be considered.


If you have studied at UWC previously and have taken a break in study, you need to provide a letter of motivation to be considered for readmission to your respective faculty.

If the required documents are not submitted by Friday 30 September 2016 your application will not be considered.



For further enquiries contact our UWC Contact Centre on +27 21 959 3900/01 or


If you have applied for University accommodation, the UWC Residential Services Department will deal with this application in a separate process. Please be aware that due to limited space at the UWC Residences, acceptance into residence is not guaranteed. Only successful applicants will receive a written confirmation of their place in Residence by 10 December 2016. We therefore urge all applicants to make alternate arrangements in the event that their application to Residence is not successful. All enquiries regarding residence applications may be directed to one of the following contacts: Telephone number: +27 21 959 2569/4066 or email Alternatively, applicants may apply to Kovacs UWC Student Village on campus. A separate online application is required at For more information, email or contact the offices at +27 21 959 9500/9502.

An application fee of R100.00 is payable by 30 September 2016.

The application fee may be paid using the following methods:

Cash Office hours: Monday – Friday: 08h30 – 16h30

Banking details: 

Please note: payments may take up to 2 business days for local payments and up to 5 business days for foreign payments to reflect on our system. Credit Card payments may take up to 5 business days for local payments and up to 10 business days for foreign payments to reflect on our system. Please make sure that you use the application number cited above in all future communication with the University and visit our website​:

Study permits
All students who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent resident status in South Africa require a study permit to study in this country.
• If you are participating in an approved international exchange programme, you should consult with your home institution regarding entrance into South Africa and other arrangements.
• If you are applying to UWC outside the scope of an international exchange programme, you will need to apply for a study permit at the nearest South African Embassy, Consulate or Trade Mission in your home country. The process can take several months, so it is wise to apply six months before you intend coming to South Africa. In any case, do not make travel arrangements until your study permit has been approved.
• Please note that a prospective student may not study in South Africa while on a visitor’s visa. These are national regulations.

Health care insurance
International students are required to take out adequate health care insurance for the time they are in South Africa, as they are not entitled to free health care at state provincial facilities, and private health care is expensive. Please note that acquiring a hospital plan only is not regarded as adequate, nor is it recognised by the South African Home Affairs’ Medical Insurance.

Registration fees for 2016
Initial non-resident students (At registration): R4290
Initial resident (At registration): R4 840 (excluding Kovacs)
Interim (On or before 30 April): 50% of total account
Final (On or before 31 July): Remaining balance

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