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BelLville, Western cape

Top University forging international links

The University of the Western Cape was founded in 1960. By April 2004, its student population reached 13 653, of whom 1054 were international students from over 50 countries. UWC has linkages with leading universities in Africa, Australasia, USA, Europe, Scandinavia and Asia. Links with Central and South America are now being pursued. Researchers also benefit from a number of internationally funded projects and contracts.

The University is situated in Bellville South, about 20 km from Cape Town. The Dentistry Faculty, the largest in South Africa, operates from five sites.

Entrance requirements
Admission requirements for all degrees are a matriculation certificate or equivalent. Additional selection criteria are stipulated for entry into certain faculties. International students are required to send certified copies of their qualifications.

Faculties, departments and degrees
Undergraduate and graduate programmes are offered in seven faculties: Arts Science Community and Health Sciences Dentistry Economic and Management Science Education and Law, and several centres, institutes, units and divisions.

Facilities and services
Cape Flats Nature Reserve; UWC-Robben Island Mayibuye Archives; Dental Clinic; Herbarium; Community Law Centre and Computer Facilities. The South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) officially ‘switched on’ their Cray SV1 Supercomputer on 8 July, 2002 for Biomedical research. UWC is the first site on the African continent for a dedicated research supercomputer. Student facilities include a Student Centre, which includes the Student Representative Council offices, a main library and several specialised libraries, a student health centre, a counselling service, and excellent sports facilities. Access to computers is steadily improving.

Residences on and off campus provide housing for approximately 2 445 students. Private lodging and home-stays can be arranged.

University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17
Bellville 7535
International Relations Office
Ms Janine Paulsen
International Relations Officer
Tel +27 (0)21 959 2487/2884
Fax +27 (0)21 959 2655


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