University of the Western Cape (UWC)

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 located in the Bellvillesuburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to respuniversity. The University was established in 1960 by the South African government onding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition.

Drawing on its proud experience in the liberation struggle, the university is aware of a distinctive academic role in helping build an equitable and dynamic society. In particular it aims to: Advance and protect the independence of the academic enterprise.Further global perspectives among its staff and students, thereby strengthening intellectual life and contributing to South Africa’s reintegration in the world community.Assist educationally disadvantaged students gain access to higher education and succeed in their studies. Encourage and provide opportunities for lifelong learning through programmes and courses.

Departments and Faculties

Faculty of Natural Science

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Community and Health

Faculty of Dentistry

Department of Economics and Management Sciences

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Law

 How to Apply

In order to study at the University of the Western Cape the candidate must have met the following criteria:

    • The National Senior Certificate (NSC) required for Degree, Diploma or Higher Certificate study, as appropriate.


    • A minimum number of points calculated on the university’s points system (this does not apply to the Higher Certificate)


  • A pass at the required level in each of the subjects specified for the programme into which the candidate seeks admission.

Where there is competition for places in any particular programme – that is, where the number of qualified candidates exceeds the number of available places – selection will take place on the basis of criteria that have been determined by faculty selection committees.


Contact Details

Telephone :  +27 21 959 3900 : Prospective Students
Telephone :  +27 21 959 3901 : Current Students
Telephone :  +27 21 959 3902 : Parents and Sponsor
Telephone :  +27 21 959 3903 : Alumni and Employers
Telephone :  +27 21 959 2911 : General Information

For all Student Admissions and Applications related queries, contact the UWC Contact Centre at:

Postal Address :
University of the Western Cappe
Private Bag X17
Republic of South Africa

Physical address
Physical Address : University of the Western Cape
Robert Sobukwe Road
Bellville 7535
Republic of South Africa

Faculty of Arts

 Faculty Manager :  Susheela McWatts

 Email Address :  [email protected]

 Telephone :  +27 21 959 2138

Faculty of Community and Health Sciences (CHS)

Faculty Manager :  Marquard Simpson

Email Address :   [email protected]

Telephone :  +27 21 959-2856

Faculty of Education

Faculty Officer :  Suheima Towfie

Email Address :  [email protected]

Telephone :  +27 21 959-2275

Faculty of Economic and Management  Sciences (EMS)

Faculty Officer :  Sanchia Van Staden

Email Address :  [email protected]

Telephone :  +27 21 959-3619

Faculty of Science

Faculty Manager :  Lawrence Corner

Undergrad Email: [email protected]

Postgrad Email: [email protected]

Telephone :  +27 21 959 3891

 Website : www.uwc.ac.za