4 reasons you should study in Cape Town

Deciding where to study can be a difficult task. You need to consider what you want to study, the kinds of people you want to study with, and exactly what kind of life you want to live while you study. And that’s why Cape Town is the perfect place for any student.

1. Cape Town has excellent institutions

Want to study at a university? Well, we have the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape. Want to study at a specialised college? We have everything from advertising schools to art schools. Whether you want to study public relations courses or complete your law degree, or brush up on your English, Cape Town has it all. You’ll find both academic excellence and creative stimulation within the borders of the Western Cape.

2. Cape Town celebrates individuality

There’s nothing “normal” about Cape Town. Whether you’re a hippy, an intellectual or an outright hipster, you’ll find somewhere to express who you really are in Cape Town. You don’t have to conform to any ideal when you walk through the streets of this city; it’s all about being true to yourself. There’s no strict definition of what a Capetonian has to be. That’s one of the best things about this place.

3. Cape Town has something for everyone

You can’t study all day and all night. You have to let loose and enjoy yourself at some point. And, when you live in Cape Town, you’re in luck. There’s so much to do and see that you’ll never find yourself bored. If you’re an avid hiker, we’ve got those famous mountains you’ve heard so much about. If you’re a wine enthusiast, we’ve got farms for days. And then there’s the ocean. Of course, we also have a vibrant nightlife and you’ll find your favourite bar in no time. Finding what you’re looking for is as easy as scrolling through the special interest groups on All About Cape Town.

4. You can make a name for yourself

If you’re a creative or an artist, you can easily get your name out there in Cape Town. With an abundance of projects and collaborations going on throughout the Western Cape, you’ll find something you can contribute to. There are plenty of internships and programmes that will interest students of other disciplines as well.

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Party like a student at Stellenbosch Mad² fundraising carnival

A 20-minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre lies Stellenbosch, famous for its wines and the University of Stellenbosch. This university town parties hard during the annual fundraising carnival, held during the height of Cape Town’s summer. Join in…if you have the stamina.

Preparing for the Stellenbosch University Carnival (or Mad², as it’s known nowadays) in the searing heat of Stellenbosch is a time I don’t personally remember with too much fondness. As a first-year student at the time this included practicing routines for vensters (elaborate plays performed in or around the hostels), folding paper flowers for float-building and having to sing songs at the top of our lungs. It all made no logical (or romantic) sense to me.

In the years since then – now that I don’t have any preparation to do myself – this festival has been a visual and auditory wine-enthused pleasure.

Mad² takes place in late January or early February each year, when the town is flooded with students returning to the campus for the new year and there’s a vibrancy in the the air. Local bands play, wine is drunk … and it all builds up to the grand finale: the “Jool konsert” (“Rag concert” – “rag” meaning a student-run charitable fundraising organisation).

Mad² has changed its name a few times over the years – Karnavaal (“Carnival”), Jool (“Rag”), Mad², all the while increasing the focus on fundraising and community service … but a rosé by any other name would taste as sweet (disclaimer: avoid sweet rosé; dry wine is much easier on the tongue and the head).

Stellenbosch also happens to be one of the world’s most famous wine regions – so once you get tired of pretending to be a student there are plenty of wine farms’ nearby where you can drink out of real wine glasses. Like a proper adult…right?

Moscow on the hill – University of Cape Town

8755048064_b5f9b3af4f_bOne of the world’s oldest universities, founded in 1829, as a high school for boys, the University of Cape Town (UCT), only grew into a full-fledged university during the period of 1880 and 1900. In 1887 UCT admitted female students for the first time in honour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1928 the university moved the bulk of the facilities to the slopes of Devil’s Peak, the land bequeathed by Cecil John Rhodes to the nation, specifically for a national university. Having a definite stand against Apartheid, UCT admitted its first black students in the 1920’s. Today UCT has one of the most diverse campuses in South Africa. Continue reading “Moscow on the hill – University of Cape Town”