The mission of the Centre for Extra Mural Studies (EMS) (previously the Centre for Open Learning) is to contribute to the University's social responsiveness through the support of student success and by acting to make 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 local and overseas university students as well as participants from commerce and industry, government departments, NGOs and the general public.
EMS coordinates several different initiatives including the annual Summer School, lectures and short courses for the general public (Summer School Extension). EMS produces the Continuing Education Handbook which consolidates information about the various opportunities for learning at UCT while continuing to work.
COL also hosts the annual UCT/LSE July School.