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  • Locations: Belville, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Calendar Year, Fall, Fall Back-Up, Split Year Spring, SpltYr Spring BackUp, Spring, Spring Back-Up
  • Restrictions: GU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Budget
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Language Prerequisite: No
Language(s): English Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Direct Matriculation
Non-GU Students May Apply: No Housing Options: Off-Campus
Level of Support: Medium (Moderate onsite support) Application Deadlines: February, September
OGE Advisor: Jason Sanderson Engagement Opportunities: Service: Non-Credit, Student Organizations
Program Description:

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University of the Western Cape (Arcadia University)

Belville, South Africa



  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Students are highly encouraged to have completed a course focusing on Africa prior to participating in the program.
In addition to your myGUABROAD application materials, you must complete the Arcadia application by the OGE deadline. *If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options.

About the Program

Initially an Afrikaans-medium institution, as the student body protested the University's conservative white leadership, and apartheid in general, the language of instruction changed to English. UWC played a crucial role in the struggle, both physical and ethical, against apartheid. Many members of Former President Mandela's cabinet were graduates or faculty of UWC. Archbishop Desmond Tutu once served as University Chancellor. The majority of students now come from homes where an African language is spoken. UWC is also home to Mayibuye (meaning let it return) Archives, a project that focuses on all aspects of apartheid, resistance, social life and culture in South Africa.


The University of Western Cape is located in Cape Town, a coastal city in South Africa. It is the second-most populous urban area and is the seat of the Parliament of South Africa, as well as the legislative capital of the country. Cape Town is famous for its harbor, its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, and for well-known landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point.

Academic Calendar

  • Full year: early July to mid-July
  • Fall: mid-July to mid-December
  • Spring: mid-February to mid-July
*This is a southern hemisphere program, program dates are according to academic calendars of local institutions.

Fields of Study

Language of instruction is English with the exception of advanced language courses.

Fields of study include: African Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Government/Political Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Social Work, Sociology

This list is not exhaustive. Please make an appointment to speak with the OGE Regional Advisor to further discuss available coursework on this program/at this university.

Course information may be found in the individual faculty handbooks (course catalogs)
Faculty of Arts
(African Languages, Anthropology & Sociology, English, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Religion & Theology, Women & Gender Studies)
Faculty of Community and Health Sciences
(Dietetics, Human Ecology, Physical & Health Education, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Sports & Exercise Science)
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
(Accounting, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Politcal Studies, Public Management)
Faculty of Natural Sciences
(Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Medical Biosciences, Pharmacy, Physics, Statistics).


You are required to enroll in a full courseload and complete all exams and assignments associated with the course regardless of the credit you wish to receive on the program. Withdrawal from a course or failure to take/complete a final will be regarded as an unauthorized reduction in courseload and a violation of the academic policy.

A full courseload for this program is: s: 4-5 courses for 16 credits and 5 course equivalents

You must complete the 3-credit cornerstone course, Introducing South Africa: History, Politics and Culture plus 3-4 additional courses.

The minimum passing grade for this program is: C (50%)

You are required to live in program housing.

You will live in a student residence, which is self-catered, apartment-style living with single or twin bedrooms and shared kitchens, living and bathroom facilities. No meals are included.

Program Budget

University of the Western Cape Program Budget


We advise students to research and pursue a wide range of funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

Stories Beyond the Hilltop Blog

Learn more about Hoya experiences in Belville in Stories Beyond the Hilltop.
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University of the Western Cape Program Budget 2018-2019

Open Application Deadlines & Dates
Open Application Deadlines & Dates
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/13/2019 09/26/2019 TBA TBA
Calendar Year 2020 09/13/2019 09/26/2019 TBA TBA