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Admission requirements for international applicants

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for the different programmes 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

Admission for all applicants is subject to the faculty qualifications admission point score requirements, subject combination, and the University admissions policy.

Registration of admitted international applicants is subject to compliance requirements as stipulated by the Immigration Act No.13 of 2002, the regulations made thereunder and the University’s policy.

Undergraduate Applications:

To enrol for a degree programme in South Africa, applicants with international school leaving results are required to qualify for any type of Matriculation Exemption from the Matriculation

Board (USAF) for admission into undergraduate degree studies. For further information, see www.mb.usaf.ac.za

Advanced Diploma and Postgraduate Applications:

SAQA Certificate is compulsory for all other first-year undergraduate programmes (Higher Certificate, Diploma, etc.). For further information, see www.saqa.org.za

Form 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, 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 programme to develop their English Proficiency within their discipline of study.

Visit Fundani's webpages

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