UWC Online Application | The Best Application Tutorial

UWC Online application is open and anyone seeking to study at the University of the Western Cape can apply. There is a limit to the spaces available so the earlier you apply, the better.

There are so many things you must know about the application before you start filing. In this article, I will explain the application process and everything you must know.

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University of the Western Cape

The University of the Western Cape, simply UWC is one of the prestigious public research tertiary institutions in Cape Town, South Africa. The university is specifically located in the Bellville suburb of Cape Town.

UWC was established in 1959 and was a university for only colored people. Since most of the universities during that time where barely accept colored people, UWC was established to give the black man a higher education.

Currently, the university accepts students from all walks of life, giving them quality education in many different careers.

UWC offers different types of courses and has all the necessary facilities and digital platforms available to make learning easier for its students.

The facilities and digital platforms include;

  • The UWC Library: – A network of libraries with materials to support students in their learning field.
  • UWC iKamva: – The LMS for UWC. It helps students manage their academic life easier.
  • UWC student portal: – An online platform that allows the student to manage their university life.

These are some of the platforms that the university has in place to make life easier for its students.

UWC online application opening dates

UWC online applications open between May to the end of October every year. During this period, many applicants apply to the university.

While the application opening and closing dates are set to control the number of applications, certain things could cause the application to close early.

One of those things is the available spaces. If within the first few days or weeks of the application receives lots of applicants, it is likely the spaces will fill up easily. This means that the rest will not gain admission. So the earlier you apply, the more your chances of getting admission.

Sometimes if the spaces don’t fill up, the university will accept late applications. But the right thing to do is to apply on time to avoid any delay or rejection.

UWC online application

The best way to check your application requirements is by reading the UWC Prospectus. The prospectus contains more information about the entire application.

Since the application is strictly online, you must prepare a scanned copy of all the supporting documents that you must provide.

The documents required include;

  • Higher educational certificate (Grade 12 or others)
  • Identification card

You will also need an active email address and phone number.

There are more documents you must add depending on what you want to study. Always check the UWC prospectus to be sure.

The email and phone number are very important because that is where UWC will send updates on your application status.

Application is free therefore you won’t have to pay anything.

UWC online application process

The UWC online application process is very simple and anyone can easily go through the process.

Before you start the process, make sure you have prepared all your requirements. You will also need an active internet connection to file the application.

You must allocate about one hour for filing the application. During that period, you must read all Terms and Conditions well before accepting them.

If everything is ready, then follow the procedure below to file your application.

  • Go to the application page by typing this URL into your browser. >>> https://student.uwc.ac.za/
  • Click on “New Application” when you get to the page.
  • Your journey to the University of Western Cape starts from there. Make sure you fill the form with the right information since most of the info you provide will be cross-checked with the original.

Note that filing an application after meeting all requirements does not guarantee successful admission. UWC decides who gains admission and who doesn’t base on so many factors.

Check UWC online application status

Checking your UWC application status is one of the ways to know the progress you are making. Checking UWC online application status is very simple.

  • This time around, click on “Application Status
  • Enter your ID or Passport Number,
  • Provide your application number
  • Enter your email address.
  • Click on submit.

You should receive your application status shortly after that. Apart from that, you will also be getting SMS and emails from the University of Western Cape concerning your application.

If you face any challenges or need help with something, call +27 21 959 3900 / +27 21 959 39001 or send an email to [email protected].

UWC accommodation application

The University of the Western Cape has accommodations for students. There are different types of accommodation options to help make your university life easier.

To apply for residence at UWC, you only have to tick the “Yes” check box next to the question that is asking if you require university residence. The option is available on your general application form. You don’t need any extra form to apply for residence.

Make sure you also check to confirm the available residence before you arrive on campus. Failure to appear for the university orientation could forfeit the residence agreement.


Here, I will answer some frequently asked questions. If you don’t see your queries answered here, you can easily leave them in the comment box and I will answer as early as possible.

Is UWC open for late applications?

UWC is only open for late applications if there are spaces available after the application closing dates. There is no guarantee that late applications will be accepted so make sure you always apply before the set application closing date.

Does UWC offer accommodation?

UWC has accommodation for students. There are different types of accommodation options available and any student can get a resident. The application process is also very simple. All you have to do is to indicate on your general application form that you want university residence.

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