Travel and visas

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I am forever indebted to the LSE-UCT Summer School for submerging me intellectually in such a superlative way with such world class academics.

Paballo Chauke, University of Cape Town, South Africa


We advise participants to arrive on either Friday or Saturday before the LSE-UCT Summer School begins, so that they have had time to settle in Cape Town and can attend registration and orientation on Sunday before classes start.

The LSE-UCT Summer School will end with examinations during the afternoon of the second Friday, followed by a farewell dinner that evening. Participants are advised to plan to leave Cape Town no earlier than that evening, and should note that examinations cannot be rescheduled.


Airport welcome

LSE-UCT Summer School representatives will be available at Cape Town International Airport to welcome participants to Cape Town and to facilitate safe and reliable transport to their accommodation using available airport shuttle services. We will also pre-book shuttle services for Summer School participants on request (the cost of which will be borne by participants), and further information will be sent to participants once they have confirmed their place on the Summer School.

Transportation to/from the airport

Cape Town International Airport is approximately 15km/10 miles from UCT and the journey takes around 15-20 minutes outside of busy periods.

Staff from UCT can offer assistance to participants to pre-book and airport transfers. If you would like to pre-book your own airport transfer, we recommend Citihopper.

Travel within Cape Town

UCT’s Jammie Shuttle bus service is available to LSE-UCT Summer School participants, including links to UCT’s Hiddingh Campus in the Gardens area of central Cape Town, though a reduced service operates in July. Parking can also be arranged on campus if necessary - please email us if you would like to arrange this.

Public transport in Cape Town is minimal. We would recommend that you consider pre-booking a taxi services for any travelling in and around the city.



Nationals of many countries are able to travel to South Africa for two weeks without a visa, or to apply for a tourist visa on arrival in the country. However, it is the responsibility of participants to confirm their specific visa requirements and application procedures with the South African embassy or mission in their country of residence prior to departure. South Africa's Department of Home Affairs also maintains a list of countries which are exempt from the requiring visas for short visits.

You should also ensure that you have the following with you on arrival in South Africa:

  • A valid passport or travel document that will be valid for the length of your intended stay (passports should also have at least TWO blank facing pages) plus an additional six months;
  • Sufficient funds to support yourself during your trip;
  • Proof of your return or onward ticket;
  • Statement and/or documentation confirming the purpose and duration of your visit (e.g., a copy of your acceptance email from the LSE-UCT July School); and
  • Vaccination documents including yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or passes through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.

Visa support letter

Participants who enrol on the LSE-UCT Summer School are not degree-seeking students of the University of Cape Town, so a student visa or study permit is not required. If, however, you decide that you do need to apply for some other form of visa in advance of attending the LSE-UCT Summer School, you may request a visa support letter from the University of Cape Town by contacting the LSE-UCT July School Cape Town office. Participants are advised to complete requests for visa support letters as soon as their places have been confirmed on the programme and they have paid their relevant tuition fees.