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The Application Forms

The application cycle for admission to UCT SALS postgraduate programmes in 2020 runs as follows:

Applications open: 1 April 2019                       

Applications close for South African citizens & permanent resident applicants: 30 September 2019         

Foreign students will need to obtain an international student study permit from the South African Embassy/High Commission or Consulate in your home country which will allow you to enter South Africa for study purposes. Foreign applicants are therefore encouraged to apply by no later than 31 August to enhance their chances of having their visas issued in time for registration, in light of the significant delays being experienced in processing study visas.


Applicants must apply online and supply the following supporting documents:

(1)   Certified copies of full academic transcripts, including a grading legend from your institution explaining the local marking system.

(2)   Full curriculum vitae

(3)   500 word motivation for proposed study

(4)   Names and contact details of two referees (at least one of which is academic)

(5)   Proof of English proficiency (if necessary)


Please apply online.

*Important notice:  We no longer have a second formal application process for a second semester intake. All students must apply by 30 September 2019. If you have any queries in this regard please direct them to