Research & Reading
Some of our recommendations:
- Ten Great South African Movies by David Bristow
- “Necktie Youth“, a new in-your-face movie by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer which explores the post-apartheid generation.
- “Ayanda” best African Movie 2015
- South African books:
- “Rhodes Rage” by cartoonist Zapiro
- “Fools and Other Stories” by Njabulo Ndebele (ex-vice chancellor of UCT)
- “Disgrace” by J.M.Coetzee (Nobel Prize Winner and ex-staff member at UCT)
- “Welcome to Our Hillbrow” by Phaswane Mpe
- “What if there were no Whites in South Africa? ” by Ferial Haffejee
- “Country of my Skull” Antjie Krog
First Semester: You arrive in summer and will also experience autumn and winter. Temperatures will range from 35 to 5 Celsius.
Second Semester: You will arrive during a wet mid-winter and experience spring. Temperatures will range from 5 to 30 Celsius.
Pack a range of clothes that you can layer. Bear in mind that most houses in South Africa do not have air-con. Hiking boots and a sleeping bag will be useful if you plan to travel.
Medications & prescriptions
Bring these with you. Pharmacies are plentiful and close by should you need over- the- counter medicine and prescription medication from a doctor here.Bring existing medication in its original container and for the duration of the semester as well as a letter from your doctor. Check the websites of your home universities for more detailed guidelines.
Laptops, phones, cameras. Adaptors can be purchased at duty free shops in airports and in shops in Cape Town.
- A valid passport (check on expiry date)
- Letter of acceptance from UCT
- Study visa
- Proof of medical insurance
- International driver’s license should you intend driving in South Africa.
Cape Town is a great shopping destination for anything from basics to international brands.