International postgraduate students who will live in South Africa while studying at UCT need a study visa.
You cannot register with UCT until you have a valid temporary residence permit (study visa). Study visas are issued by the South African embassy, high commission or consulate in your home country.
First-time applications for a South African study visa will require an official letter from UCT confirming provisional acceptance and the duration of the course. This is a letter from the relevant faculty offering a study place, together with proof of your acceptance of the offer.
Visit IAPO’s visas and study permits page here for more detailed information on study visas including:
what you need to apply
where to apply
visas for students who will be in South Africa less than 90 days
working in South Africa while on a study visa
and all other questions
Office for Postgraduate Studies
Phone +27 (0)21 650 3171 @UCTpostgrads
Otto Beit Building, Room 2.04, Level 2
University Avenue North, Upper Campus
University of Cape Town