University of the Western Cape / UWC

Founded in 1960

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. 

​The University of the Western Cape has a history of creative struggle against oppression, discrimination and disadvantage. Among academic institutions it has been in the vanguard of South Africa's historic change, playing a distinctive academic role in helping to build an equitable and dynamic nation. UWC's key concerns with access, equity and quality in higher education arise from extensive practical engagement in helping the historically marginalised participate fully in the life of the nation.

The Faculty of Law of the University of Western Cape is steeped in a culture of human rights and constitutionalism and is recognised and respected internationally. It offers a rigorous and relevant legal education with opportunities to specialise. Its mission is to offer quality legal training and conduct legal research of excellence and high social relevance.

The Faculty of Community and Health Sciences is helping to transform health and welfare services in South Africa through its excellent teaching, research and community service. The University of the Western Cape has an explicit commitment to the development of historically disadvantaged communities in South Africa from which it draws most its students. It aims to play a particular role in this development by making its education accessible to students from these communities.

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  • Courses for NOHA students

    •       Students can choose from the range of modules listed in the table below. The total ECTS must amount to 20 ECTS if you do an internship or 30 ECTS if not.                                            
    •       No internships are offered
    The South African National credit rating system rates 10 notational study hours as equivalent to one credit. Credits represent a measure of all the learning activities engaged in by the student and include, among other, contact time, self-study, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) assignments, projects and examinations. This means that 3 credits amount to 1 ECTS.
    Master’s degree and Doctoral qualification types assume a 45-week full time academic year. An average full time equivalent student is expected to study for a 40-hour week, thus requiring minimum credit load of 90 credits per semester for Master’s degrees and Doctorates. On average, there are four 45-minutes lectures per week, per course. Attendance of tutorials and practicals is usually compulsory.
    The following table provides an overview of the modules and their conversion to ECTS:
    Ref Name UWC credits ECTS
    Theoretical modules:    
    CLL815 Gender Equality and Women's Rights 30 10
    CDS811 Constitutional Design in Divided Societies 30 10
    SER811 Economic Social and Cultural Rights 30 10
    Practical module:    
    SCF723 Social Work: Family Well-being Programmes 20 7
    Research module:    
    SCF701 Research module 30 10
    Please note that there may be changes in the modules presented above according to revisions made by the partner university to adjust the curriculum to the future academic calendars.
  • Download UWC third semester manual 2017-2019

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  • Practical information

    UWC strives to be a place to grow from hope to action through knowledge and is committed to teaching, learning and research. It offers International Students the opportunity to pursue their learning goals in a diverse and thriving academic community located in the iconic city of Cape Town.

    The International Student Services Office (ISSO) aims to justify your confidence in the University of the Western Cape as the preferred development partner in the process of attaining your learning goals. This web-page contains important information for your application to study at the UWC.
  • Accommodation

    Residential Services (RS)
    We house an average of 3300 students across 13 residences. 8 residences are situated on-campus. We provide a shuttle service between the 5 residences which are situated off-campus and the university main campus. Our residences are named after great modern day heroes and heroines.
    Residences are grouped into clusters. Each residence cluster has a co-ordinator, a supervisor, 2 facilities officers as well as a dedicated Administrative assistant at each Residence reception area during working hours to service students operational requirements.
    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.
    There are various extramural activities organized annually which include inter residences sport tournaments, covering various a wide range of sport codes. The Residence Community also hosts Mini Olympics, which is an annual event in the Residence Community calendar which takes place during the September holidays. Dance drama, inter-residences debating competitions are some of the other activities which are also established.
    Contact Us
    Tel. 021 959-2569
    Fax. 021 959-2671 
  • Visas

    Apply for a study VISA from the South African High Commission, Embassy, Consulate or Trace Mission in your country of residence. If there is no South African representative in your country, apply at the nearest representative to your home country.
    Futhermore, according to the Immigration Regulations 2014 (12), Foreign Students are required to provide "proof of medical cover renewed annually for the period of study with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act". For more information visit the Medical Page. (
    Refer to the Support ( page to request relevant supporting letter from the UWC International Student Service Office (ISSO).
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University of the Western Cape / UWC

International Relations Office
Ground Floor, Admin Bldg. (east wing), South Africa

Ms Hilda Wilson
Manager International Relations Office
Tel: +27.21.959 3341

Last updated: 10 November 2017