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Centre for Extra Mural Studies (EMS)

About the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS)

The mission of the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS) is to contribute to the University's social responsiveness by supporting student success and by making the academic and knowledge resources of the University accessible to a wider range of participants. EMS provides a range of courses and learning opportunities for the general public, participants from commerce and industry, government departments, NGOs and local and overseas university students.

EMS coordinates several different initiatives including the annual Summer School, the LSE-UCT July School and the Fine Minds and Summer School Extension Lecture Series.

Summer School, Extension lectures and Winter School

The annual Summer School runs for two weeks in January each year and is the largest public education programme of its kind in South Africa, regularly attracting around 3, 000 people.

This public education programme offers courses on a range of topics from arts, humanities and current issues to the physical and environmental sciences and aims to make specialised knowledge accessible to a wide audience, regardless of educational qualifications. These courses are for non-degree purposes and do not involve examinations or certification, though written or practical projects and reading may be required.

The programme is available from October each year on the Summer School website. The annual Summer School will run from Monday 15 January to Friday 26 January 2018.

Extra-Mural Studies provides ad hoc public lectures, short-courses and other programmes to Cape Town’s adult learners throughout the year, outside of the regular two-week Summer School programme in January. The Extension Programme includes a series of broadcasts, the Fine Minds Radio Lecture Series, in collaboration with Fine Music Radio.

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LSE-UCT July School

Applications Now Open!
Cape Town, 25 June - 6 July 2018

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) are delighted to offer the sixth LSE-UCT July School from 25 June - 6 July 2018. This innovative and prestigious two-week 'summer school' style programme provides the highest calibre students, graduates and professionals from across the globe with an exciting opportunity to study important social science issues relevant to Africa today across diverse subject areas.

Why attend the LSE-UCT July School?

Here are the top 5 reasons our previous participants have rated the LSE-UCT July School so highly:

  1. The LSE-UCT July School provides a unique opportunity to learn about Africa from within Africa, but with a truly global perspective.
  2. The programme is taught by outstanding faculty from the University of Cape Town and LSE -  two of the world’s leading institutions for teaching and research.
  3. The diversity of attendees - on average, we receive around 110 participants from almost 30 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, around one third of whom are graduate professionals. This enriches class discussions, social events and networking opportunities.
  4. Doing something different makes a huge difference to academic and professional career prospects; our participants like to stand out from the crowd as future leaders in their fields.
  5. The location - Cape Town is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city and is, in many ways, the gateway to Africa. The stunning campus, at the foot of Table Mountain, also offers an inspirational location for study and lively debate.

Want to find out more?


Browse the courses available in 2018. Feel free to watch the video made by our students or read our website for further information about the LSE-UCT July School. And for those who already know that they want to be a part of our next unique and thought-provoking programme in 2018, applications are now open!

All information about EMS events can be found on the EMS website. Please also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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