By | June 9, 2021

University of the Western Cape Application 2022 : To apply to the University of the Western Cape Application , you need the documents below :

1) A certified copy of the green bar coded ID

2) Proof of payment of any relevant application fees

3) Certified copy of grade 11 results and any latest grade 12 results

For a full list of tips to remember before you apply, read here. Applicants must check individual further requirements for each course and each tertiary institution. Please also be aware of NBTs and check with your university if you need NBT results to apply. For more information on NBT’s click here.

FYI: South Africans learners wishing to apply online will need a working email address and an ID number. Foreign learners wishing to apply will need to have their passport number.



Applicants must have a v​alid email address in order to apply online. All communication from the University in regards to your application will be sent via email. Should you not have a valid email address you can create an email account using Gmail, Yahoo Mail or any other email provider you may prefer.

In order for your application to be considered Complete. You must successfully complete the online application form as well as submit all required documentation.

How Do I Check University of the Western Cape Online Application Status?

Online Applications


Please note the following programmes will NOT be offered in 2020 for first time entering students:

  • Bachelor of Science in Complementary Health Sciences (General Stream)
  • Bachelor of Science in Complementary Health Sciences (Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Stream)​

 Admissions Criteria for 2022

The following brochure provides information about the UWC mainstream and extended programmes.

Click here to download General Admissions Criteria

Click here to download Faculty Admissions Criteria

Documents Required For UWC Application

Post-Matric Learners

If you have written the NSC examination already, you need to submit the following:

  • ​Certified copy of your NSC certificate or Senior Certificate
  • Certified copy of your identification document
  • Proof of any studies with academic records, if applicable, you may have completed
  • If applicable, proof that you are currently improving your NSC results
  • In an affidavit a brief description of activities post-matric/NSC

Applicants who are re-writing Grade 12 subjects, applications will be processed on the current grade 12 results. If Grade 12 has been written more than once then your combined results must be submitted with your application.

Transfer Students

If you are applying from another institution of higher learning you need to submit certifies copies of the following:

  • ​NSC Certificate or Senior Certificate
  • Identification document
  • Certificate of good conduct from your institution
  • Official Academic Transcript
  • Module content / Yearbook descriptor from your institution for all modules completed
  • Degree certificate (if applicable)

Students applying for readmission to UWC

If you have studied at UWC previously and have taken a break in study, you need to provide a letter of motivation to be considered for readmission to your respective faculty.

International Students

  • ​You need to submit your final school results to Universities South Africa (USAf) for an evaluation.
  • Application for Exemption is to be done with Universities South Africa (USAf) formerly Higher Education south Africa (HESA) using the following link:
  • We unfortunately will not be able to respond to your application until you submit a confirmation letter issued by USAf stating that you qualify to study at a South African University.
  • Certified copy of your passport.

Post Graduate students

  • Certified copy of identification document
  • Certified copy of Passport (International Applicants only)
  • Official Academic Transcripts/record of results  (All applicants)                
  • Certified copies of degree certificates (All applicants)
  • SAQA Evaluation Certificate (International Applicants only)
  • Short Curriculum Vitae (CV) (All applicants)
  • One page letter of motivation (All applicants)
  • Short research intention (Master and Doctoral applicants only)

How To Apply


  • ​To apply online, go to:​
  • You may apply for a maximum of TWO programme choices
  • Try to keep your options open, especially when applying for programmes in Faculties such as Dentistry, Community and Health Sciences and Law
  • There is NO application fee payable
  • Applications close on 30 September 2022
  • Applications for BCHD close on 31 August 2022


  • ​After completion of the online application form you will receive a letter via email from the University acknowledging receipt of your application
  • The acknowledgment letter will contain your APPLICANT NUMBER
  • This applicant number is to be used in all communication with the University
  • You will also receive a brochure indicating the SUPPORTING documents that you will need to submit to the University by the application closing dates for your application to be considered complete


  • To upload supporting documents, go to​ complete the form and upload required documents
  • Current Matriculates, do not need to upload any supporting documentation
  • Already Matriculated: Upload your matric certificate/foreign school leaving certificate.
  • Attending Another Tertiary Institution: Upload a certified copy of your academic record and certificate of good conduct, stamped by the institution’s registrar.


  • ​Current Matriculants may be made a PROVISIONAL offer IN 2022 (a provisional offer is not a guarantee of a place to study at the University).
  • Successful applicants will receive communication via email offering a firm place and information about registration and orientation for 2020
  • Once a FIRM/FINAL offer is received, applicants will be required to ACCEPT the offer within the designated time
  • Should you not ACCEPT your offer in the designated period you will forfeit your place to study (your offer will expire)
  • You may however, call or email the UWC Contact Centre and enquire as to whether your offer is still available even after it has expired and have it accepted on your behalf
  • Applicants who have accepted their offers will receive communication via email informing them about registration and orientation for 2020.

Changed your mind about your choice of study?​​

  • ​Do not submit a new application
  • Check with the Contact Centre if you may change your programme choice
  • Should your contact details change please contact the UWC Contact Centre and update your details

University of the Western Cape Important Application Dates

All courses: May

School of Business and Finance: 1st June

Undergraduate applications:  30 September 

BCHD programme:  31 August 

Postgraduate applications: 30 October 

Application Fees:
R50 but late application fees R150

Open Day: 7 May (9am – 3pm)

Term Dates

1st Quarter: February 15 – March 18

2nd Quarter: 29 March – June 13

3rd Quarter: July 25 – August 26

4th Quarter: September 5 – December 7

How to Apply to University of the Western Cape

Step 1:  Get your application form.

  • Online Application:
    Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants use the same online application process.
  • Hardcopy Application:
    Apart from the online application, you can request application forms to be sent you by post. To request forms, contact the UWC Contact Centre on 021 959 3900.

You can post your application to:

Student Administration Department
University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17

Step 2:  Complete your application form in full. 

*Remember you’ll need an email address.  

Step 3:  Attach all supporting documents.

Step 4:  Complete a student accommodation form.

Step 5:  Find Funding.

You have chosen to study at UWC, now it is time to apply. We have made applying to university very simple; just follow these few simple steps below:

When should I apply?

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the application cycle. You can find UWC’s online application form here.

South Africans learners wishing to apply online will need a working email address and an ID number. Foreign learners wishing to apply will need to have their passport number.

For more information please call the Contact Centre: (021) 959 3900 / 959 3901.

Application Fees:

Applicants are required to pay an application fee of R100.00, and thereafter late application fee will be R150.00.

Application fee may be paid using the following methods:

  • Cash, Debit Card, Credit Card, Cheque at UWC’s Cashiers on the on the ground floor of the Student Administration, West Wing building.
  • Direct Deposit at ASBA Bank
  • Electronic Funds Tranfer (EFT) from your bank
  • Credit Card Payment will be accepted – online at

          Cash Office hours: Monday – Friday: 08h30 – 16h30

Submitting of Results and Documents:

School learners must ensure that all examination results from Grade 11 until September of Grade 12 are submitted. Failure to do such may result in delays within the student’s application process. You might find that you applied early in Grade 12 and thus only sent in your final Grade 11 results. If this is true, as the year progresses and you receive more results keep sending them through to UWC, that way they will have all your results by the time finals come around.

Transferring students should too ensure that all transcripts and academic records are submitted as early as possible as well as that a final transcript of current studies being undertaken reaches the Admissions Office as soon as possible after receipt.

Once you have applied, keep a look out for your acceptance and/or provisional acceptance letter. You are encouraged to monitor your application status at all times. Applicants may call the Call Centre to enquire about their application status: +27 21 959 3900 or +27 21 959 3901

Dates to remember:

UWC’s Offices Open: January 4,

For UWC’s full academic calendar, please visit here.

 University of the Western Cape Admission Requirements

Requirements / APS

For admission to degree and diploma programmes, UWC uses a weighted system for calculating points. In order to be admitted to degree studies the candidate should have attained the required points score as determined per programme. (See specific courses.)

In addition to the general criteria for admission to university mentioned above, additional programme specific criteria must be met to qualify for admission to particular study programmes. These are detailed in the faculty chapters.

National Benchmark Tests (NBT’s)

The National Benchmark Tests (NBT) are an assessment for prospective first year entry students into Higher Education. The NBT assists Institutions of Higher Education with interpreting school leaving results such as those of the National Senior Certificate.

There are two tests. The Academic Literacy and Quantitative Literacy domains (AQL) are combined into one multiple-choice test. Each section is timed, for a total of three hours and five minutes of writing time. The second test is Mathematics (MAT), which is also multiple-choice and timed, with three hours allowed. Although the NBT’s address content typically taught in secondary school they provide different and complimentary information to the “school-leaving” exams.

Entry requirements are the minimum academic standards that the University requires in order to consider you for entry into one of our degree programmes. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee you a place. Competition for most of our degrees is high and demand for places generally exceeds the number of places available. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

For more information on NBTs, click here.

 University of the Western Cape Residences / Accommodation


UEC houses an average of 3 300 students across 13 residences, where eight residences are situated on-campus. For those residences located off-campus, UWC provides a shuttle service between the residences and the university main campus. UWC’s residences are grouped into clusters.

Residences: Cassinga, Basil February, Chris Hani, Collins Williams, E. Dos Santos, Liberty, Ruth First, Hector Peterson, Kwikbake and DISA Residence

For more Information, please contact: Tel. 021 959-2569, Fax. 021 959-2671,

UWC International Student Application

  STEP 1:-Visit the ACADEMIA page to ensure that your meet the minimum requirements for your preferred Academic Programme.  

STEP 2:-Visit the EVALUATION page in order to obtain Exemption from USAf or Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications from SAQA.  

STEP 3:-Visit the APPLICATION page in order to submit an Online Application to UWC.  

STEP 4:-Visit the IMMIGRATION page and review the information supplied for the VISA Application or VISA Renewal Process.  

STEP 5:-Visit the REGISTRATION page and follow the Pre-Registration Clearance Process and Register.  

STEP 6:-Go to the ARRIVAL page and prepare for your relocation to Cape Town.  

STEP 7:-Visit the FEEDBACK page and help us improve your experience.​

When and how will I receive the outcome of my application?

Current Grade 12 applicants, will receive an acknowledgment letter via email after the completion of the online form. Thereafter, you may receive a PROVISONAL selection letter via email notifying you as to whether you have been provisionally accepted or not. Please note that this will only be a provisional selection and does guarantee you a place to study in 2022. A FINAL selection will only take place in January 2022 after final results have been released.

All other applicants (not currently in Grade 12) will receive an acknowledgement letter after the completion of the online application form with instructions relating to the submission of required documents. In order for your application to be considered complete all required documents must be submitted as required. Faculties will consider each application and make FINAL offers as is necessary. You will receive communication via email in this regard by no later than January 2022.

Can I apply with my mid-year grade 12 results for undergraduate programmes?

Applicants currently in grade 12 may either enter their final grade 11 results or their mid-year grade 12 results online or on their hard copy forms.  Selection for applicants who completed grade 12 will be done based on their final grade 12 results.

What procedures do I follow if have not received a response from the University?

You may call the UWC Contact Centre on 021 959 23900/01 to enquire or email