By | September 20, 2023

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Afrikaans: Kaapse Skiereiland Universiteit van Tegnologie) is a university in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the only university of technology in the Western Cape province, and is also the largest university in the province, with over 32,000 students. It was formed by merging the Cape Technikon and Peninsula Technikon as well as a few other independent colleges.

CPUT Admission Requirements For International Applicants

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the different programs offered at CPUT can be found under Programmes and Fees. You may also be required to complete a series of tests to assist in the placement process.

Students following the Cambridge system should take note of the following requirements:

  • Passes of at least five different subjects of the IGCSE and HIGCSE study levels, of which at least two are HIGCSE level subjects.
  • A pass in the language which is the medium of instruction at the University (English or Afrikaans).
  • Specific pass grades: IGCSE: A, B or C; HIGCSE: 1, 2 or 3.

Other senior school qualifications will be reviewed on merit.

Evaluation of foreign qualifications

All international undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications obtained must first be evaluated and verified by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) before submitting applications for studying at CPUT. It is required to be submitted together with your online and paper-based application form.

The onus is on the student to apply timeously to SAQA, as this may take a bit longer.

The onus is on the student to apply timeously to SAQA, as this may take a bit longer.

Visit SAQA’s website

From 1 August 2014, SAQA will only accept online applications for the evaluation of foreign applications. Please click here

You should include the following with your application:

  • All qualification documents, i.e. the highest school certificate issued by the official examining body.
  • Complete and legible transcripts of academic records in respect of all degrees or other higher education qualifications, together with the final certificates, and preceding qualifications leading to any post-graduate or other advanced qualification when the latter is submitted.
  • Certificates in foreign languages should be submitted with sworn translations into English by an accredited translator.

English language proficiency

To be successful in your studies, you need a certain level of proficiency in English. This includes a pass in English at A-level or O-level; a Test in English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550; or a 6.5 on the International Testing System (IELTS). Other post-school English language qualifications will be evaluated on merit.

The Fundani Centre for Higher Educational Development supports students through a mentorship program to develop their English Proficiency within their discipline of study.

How to apply online

Online application submission via the self-service portal:

Click here to follow the next steps:

Step 1:  Choose a qualification

Step 2: Gather your documentation or upload further/outstanding documentation

Step 4: Online application.

CPUT Contact Details

Call centreTel: +27 21 959 6767
Mowbray CampusPO Box 652 Cape Town 8000Tel: +27 21 680 1500
Wellington CampusPrivate Bag X8 Wellington 7654Tel: +27 21 864 5200
Groote Schuur Hospital (Service point)Tel: +27 21 442 6160
Roeland Street BuildingTel: +27 21 469 1000