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What are the entry requirements?
  • Successful completion of a high school certificate.
  • Minimum IELTS 5.0 or recognised equivalent English language level.
What if my English level is lower than IELTS 5.0?

Students with a level of English lower than IELTS 5.0 can take an additional preparatory course at Ih Cape Town before joining the next Global Foundation Programme.

How long is the programme?

There are two options:

  • 3-term programme – starting in September.
  • 2-term programme – starting in February.

Admission to either programme will depend on existing English and/or subject knowledge.

When does the next course start?
  • 2-term programme: 4 February – 2 August 2019
  • 3-term programme: start date provided on enquiry.
How much does the Global Foundation programme cost?

Please contact us for more information at gfp@ihcapetown.com.

Are there any scholarships available?

If you meet the entry criteria outlined above, you may qualify for a partial scholarship for Kaplan Global Foundation tuition fees. Contact us for more information.

What if I don’t know which degree I want to study, or if I change my mind while I’m on the programme?

While on the programme, we will provide counselling to help you choose a degree through your elected pathway (Science & Engineering or Humanities & Social Sciences).

Will you help me arrange accommodation?

Yes.  Accommodation is offered on a single or sharing basis through the programme. Please contact us for more information at gfp@ihcapetown.com.

How soon should I apply for a South African study visa after acceptance onto the programme?

You should apply as soon as possible after accepting the offer and paying the deposit for the programme.  Study visas can take up to six weeks to be granted.

Can I get help with my South African study visa application?

Once you have paid your deposit for the programme, you will be sent A Letter of Confirmation which is one of the documents required to obtain your Study Visa. You will need to apply for a student visa at a South African Embassy in your home country so please contact the nearest embassy for a list of the documents required or check on the website – http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/types-of-visas. As the list of documents does change over time we would strongly recommend that you check with your local South African Embassy and apply at least 6 weeks prior to wishing to travel.

Am I really guaranteed a place at a UK or Australian university?

Yes, if you complete the programme successfully, you are guaranteed a place at one of our partner universities.

Can I get help with UK or Australian visa arrangements after the Global Foundation programme?

We will assist you with university placement processes.  Any further assistance, namely with visa applications, is available at an extra cost.

Can you help me progress to a South African university through the foundation programme?


What about degrees I don’t see offered through the programme, such as medicine?

Only degrees listed here are offered on Kaplan Global Foundation.


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