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07/08/2014 - 11/14/2014
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03/01/2014
Credit:
16 semester / 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Study abroad in Cape Town and you’ll experience a program that offers an integrated approach to learning and community involvement. The program enables you to be active in service, while giving you opportunities to reflect upon the complexities and challenges facing both Cape Town specifically, and South Africa in general.

The program intends to meet the needs of local communities, helping foster civic responsibility while engaging students in a rigorous academic program of social research methodology, language study, and development studies.

Study abroad in Cape Town and you will:

  • Enroll in a fully integrated, holistic service program that combines coursework and service to the community with integrated activities designed to support the academic service-learning goals, both in and out of the classroom
  • Design and implement a capstone project based upon community needs and personal interest
  • Meet with and discuss current South African economic, social, and political challenges with experts in the field
  • Discover the rich history and culture of the South African people through visits to landmarks and sites of importance
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Our courses are designed to give you the tools and skills necessary to interact and collaborate with the South African community:

  • Explore relevant socioeconomic issues, such as poverty, that impact South African communities and/or specific demographic groups today using Cape Town as a case study in Poverty and Development: Cape Town Case Study.
  • Learn about the methods social scientists use in their research, including quantitative and qualitative inquiry, and data collection and analysis in Social Research Methods.
  • Delve into the study of a language related to the community you’re serving—Afrikaans, a West Germanic language spoken by 13% of the population, or isiXhosa, a Bantu language used by nearly 18% of the South African population.
  • Reflect on and bring together all of the elements of your community engagement, research, and coursework in a final capstone project.

Community Engagement

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If you choose to pursue service-learning in South Africa, volunteering isn’t a supplementary activity; it’s integral to the makeup of the program.

This all-encompassing, semester-long study abroad program is rooted in working in the communities and with the local people you are exposed to every day. You’ll apply theoretical principles of leadership in community service learned in class by working directly with a local community organization, school, or non-governmental organization in the area of health, education, development, or business. For example, you might work with HIV-positive children in Khavelitsha, the poorest township in Cape Town. You’ll gain an understanding of the realities and challenges of community service, make a real difference in the community, and become an agent of social change. It’s all inside you—we’ll just bring it out.

Activities and Excursions

study abroad in South Africa

Discover the beauty of diversity found in South African geography, history, and culture by going on field trips and excursions to important cultural and historical sites throughout the country. Spend a weekend living with a local family to learn about day-to-day life. Visit a rural agricultural cooperative to see the struggles local farmers face. Explore the South African Museum in Cape Town, the oldest museum in sub-Saharan Africa. Nights at the theater, trips to gourmet restaurants to taste the native cuisine, afternoons at local sporting events, and more will ensure you leave South Africa having had the time of your life.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Visa fees
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (18 wks)
03/01/2014
07/08/2014
11/14/2014
$17,450

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,748
Housing
$4,300
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,650
International Airfare *
$1,750
Local Transportation
$350
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees
$90
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2014 (20 wks)
10/01/2013
01/28/2014
06/14/2014
$17,450

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,748
Housing
$4,300
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,650
International Airfare *
$1,750
Local Transportation
$350
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees
$90
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

More Information
Spring 2015
10/15/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • Junior standing and above
  • Volunteer and/or Independent research experience
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 16 semester/24 quarter hours.

The Independent Research and Capstone Project course is worth 4 semester/6 quarter hours. All other courses are worth 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students enroll in the required core courses listed and then choose to study either isiXhosa or Afrikaans language.

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About the City

About The City

Situated on the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is a vibrant multicultural city with a rich selection of day and night activities. Water sports, mountaineering, nightclubs, and restaurants are readily available. The city is also a microcosm of the challenges facing many African countries in transition—how to successfully operate within a global economy, while grappling with the vast socio-economic inequalities that are the legacy of its colonial and apartheid past.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Quinton Redcliffe

Born in Port Elizabeth (The Friendly City), South Africa, Quinton Redcliffe is the CIEE Study Center Director for Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Quinton previously worked in the International Office at the University of Cape Town as the manager responsible for international student programs. Quinton earned his B.A. Honors degree in religious studies from the University of the Western Cape, and his M.A. in conflict and conflict management from the University of Port Elizabeth. His research interests include religious education in public schools, religion and democracy, religion and development, and religion and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Quinton teaches Community Partnership: Theory and Engagement and Inter-Cultural Communications classes. He has 15 years experience in International Education and is a very keen hiker and sports enthusiast.

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For those participating in the Service-Learning program in Cape Town, volunteering is not just a weekend gig. This is an all-encompassing, semester-long academic program rooted in the communities of Cape Town and the surrounding areas and located at the University of Cape Town (UCT), one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the Southern Hemisphere. Your classroom is the campus of UCT and the townships in and around Cape Town. You’ll engage in sociological research on a daily basis and decode cross-cultural clues and cues, making sense of the reality of today’s South Africa. This program provides you with many challenges and many opportunities to grow and to enjoy a transformative experience in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

— Quinton Redcliffe, Resident Director

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Ronel Stevens

Ronel Steves, Resident Director for the Service-Learning program, has received a B.Soc.Sc in Politics and History from the University of Cape Town and then went on to read a degree in Law at the University of South Africa. She is currently in lieue of a Masters degree in International Human Rights law. She is an avid fashion lover and this love led her to put on some of the biggest fashion shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg. She is mother to 1 and an eldest daughter to one strong woman.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The University of Cape Town

Established as the South African College in 1829, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is internationally recognized as one of Africa’s leading research universities. Its campus has sweeping lawns, pathways, trees, ponds, and waterfalls that combine with attractive physical structures and extensive playing fields to create a pleasant study environment. A range of commercial, medical, recreational, and sporting facilities is available on campus. These include a swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room, and basketball, tennis, badminton, and squash courts. Students will take classes on the UCT campus. Students will take classes with other Service-Learning program students, not UCT students.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the program fee. Study abroad students live in a house near campus with fellow CIEE program participants. Students generally have small single rooms and share facilities with other students, all of whom share basic cleaning duties. A small number of students share double rooms. Students are responsible for their own meals, which are not included in the program fee. Students can prepare their own meals in the residence or eat at establishments on or off campus. Local UCT students (CIEE resident assistants) are selected to live in the residence with CIEE students.

CIEE Resident Assistants

Resident assistants (RAs) are a dedicated group of UCT students who assist CIEE students during orientation and throughout the semester. Through ongoing interaction with these local students, CIEE participants are able to meet local South African and international students and learn firsthand about student life in Cape Town. These local students, recruited and trained by CIEE, are an important part of the study abroad experience. RAs assist with cultural excursions and live with CIEE students in the residence, providing a reliable local peer network and helping CIEE students integrate into the local student community.

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Orientations

Orientations

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You'll begin your study abroad experience in Cape Town even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s goal for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and to identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

During the mandatory orientation session conducted at the beginning of the program, you'll participate in programs organized by CIEE. The goal is to introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Cape Town. You will also be introduced to the academic requirements of the University, and are shown how to make best use of campus facilities and services. Sessions include lectures on African history, politics, geography, safety, and “survival skills” for visiting students. The services provided during orientation are maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Wireless Internet is available in the residence; however, you will have to pay for the use on a "pay-as-you-go" plan. You should be aware that the cost of wireless internet in South Africa is typically higher than service in the U.S., and reliability and access is not always available at the same level as in the U.S. You will be able to register your laptop and use it in the computer labs on the University of Cape Town campus as well as have access to email and the Internet on the computers in the labs. The labs can be crowded and often full, but off-campus Internet cafés are inexpensive and easily accessible.

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Academics

Academics

Since 1947, CIEE has engaged in fulfilling its mission “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.” The Service-Learning program serves this mission by providing a framework for students to fulfill their educational and personal goals, while bridging relationships in the communities in which their learning takes place. In this sense, service-learning closes the circle on an experiential learning cycle, while providing benefits to all those who are touched by the program.

The American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) defines service-learning as, “A method under which students learn and develop through thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community, and is coordinated with an institution of higher education and the community; helps foster civic responsibility; is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students enrolled; and includes structured time for students to reflect on the service experience.”

This program is built upon the four core principles of service-learning, with each component of the program addressing one or more of the principles:

  1. Engagement
  2. Reflection
  3. Reciprocity
  4. Public Dissemination

Academic Culture

The program runs during the fall and spring semesters and consists of 16 semester credits based upon five main components:

  1. A Social Research Methods course
  2. A course focusing on poverty and development issues in South Africa
  3. A community-development project in a local NGO, school, or other service organization
  4. An academic service-learning capstone project, which draws upon all of the other elements of the program
  5. Language training that is appropriate to the communities where service is performed

Nature of Classes

Students take all of their courses with other CIEE study abroad students only. The service-learning capstone project is completed individually in consultation with a faculty project advisor.

Grading System

Grades are on the basis of 100. A “First” is equivalent to 75% and above. Very few students achieve this mark. Students who receive marks that fall between 70 and 74% are awarded the grade of “Upper Second.” A good number of students achieve this mark. The next mark is “Lower Second” with a range of 60 to 69%. The majority of students achieve this mark. Students with 50 to 59% receive a “Third” (passing grade). Students achieving a mark below 50% receive a “Fail.” Grades and credits are converted to the U.S. system according to a standard scale.

Language of Instruction

Afrikaans
English
isiXhosa

Faculty

Courses are taught by faculty from the University of Cape Town or University of the Western Cape, as well as by the CIEE resident director or other local experts.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Core Courses

AFST 3002 CTSL/DEVE 3001 CTSL

Poverty and Development: Cape Town Case Study
Using Cape Town as a case study, this course explores relevant socio-economic issues impacting the local communities and/or specific demographic groups. Students discuss readings and analyze the ramifications of global issues on the local context. The learning in this course provides a foundation from which students have a broader understanding of the issues facing local non-governmental organizations, including their field placement site. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

CMBL 3001 CTSL

Community Partnership: Theory and Engagement
The theoretical portion of this course offers an introduction to different schools of thought regarding leadership in community service. The practical portion of the course provides students the opportunity to work with a community-based organization, in an already existing program or project offered by the community organization, in the areas of health, education, development, business, and community organization. When the theoretical and practical portions are combined together, this course offers students an opportunity to act and reflect about the realities and challenges of community service, and to participate alongside the principle social agents in a community environment. Contact hours: 15 hours (class), 90 hours (service). Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

INDE 3004 CTSL

Independent Research and Capstone Project
This course is designed to challenge students to bridge and draw upon the knowledge they have obtained through coursework and practical experiences as community advocates in a relevant action-based project. While the Community Partnership: Theory and Engagement course places students in existing community-based initiatives for a meaningful service experience, this course is designed to be a new project or a new extension of an existing project that complements the student’s service practicum. It is a two-part course that requires students to develop an investigation and project based upon a demonstrated community-identified need, and design and complete a full project proposal for approval by a service-learning committee by the end of the semester. The goals of this course are two-fold: 1) demonstrate and apply what has been learned throughout the program, and 2) reflect on the learning and collaborate with the organization in which the student’s service was performed. In this way, the capstone project becomes symbolic of the benefits for the constituents including the student, the program, the service organization, and ultimately the communities. As the capstone project is tied to the service practicum in which the student is engaged, the community diagnostic, data collection, and the final product itself is fully integrated into the service experience. CIEE is committed to ensuring that the final product itself would be left as a legacy and/or resource to our community partners, which fosters a collaborative project history. All work completed in this course fulfills the service-learning core principles of engagement, reflection, reciprocity, and public dissemination. Contact hours: 30 hours (class)/120 hours (service). Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

Sample projects by past participants:

  • Training for Tomorrow’s Youth: Design of a Volunteer Training Workshop/Curriculum for a Youth Advocacy NGO
  • Effective Strategies for NGO Fundraising in Cape Town
  • A History of Baphumalele Children’s Home
  • Marketing the Mobile Clinic: A Case Study of SHAWCO Mobile Health Services
  • Analysis of Public-Private Partnerships in the NGO Sector: The Case of the Student Tutoring and Education Project (STEP)
  • Measuring the Effects of Self-Esteem Workshops at Vroue Groei Saam

SOCI 3002 CTSL

Social Research Methods
The skills learned in this course provide a foundation from which students interact and collaborate with their community partners. The course complements the other courses in the Service-Learning program by providing students the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively and ethically propose and carry out a research and service-learning capstone project. This course introduces students to methods social scientists use in their research, familiarizing them with both the theoretical foundations of qualitative and quantitative inquiry and the primary methods of data collection and analysis. Particular emphasis is on the application of observation techniques, research ethics, field notes, informant interviewing, and secondary data analysis. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Language Requirements

Language training provides an entry into the communities where service takes place. Students choose one beginner-level language—isiXhosa or Afrikaans, depending on the most applicable language used in their service placement organization.

AFKS 3001 CTSL

Afrikaans Language
This is an intensive introduction at the beginning level to the development of communication and cross-cultural skills by listening, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in Afrikaans. The course schedule includes four lectures and one language laboratory per week. This is a course for beginners; under certain conditions students with prior knowledge of Afrikaans may take this course with instructor’s permission. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

XHSA 3001 CTSL

isiXhosa Language
This is an intensive introduction at the beginning level to the development of communication and cross-cultural skills by listening, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in isiXhosa. There are five periods per week for these intensive courses. The classes are divided into input passage-conversation; language/grammar lecture; culture lecture; language laboratory work; and test or language lecture. This course aims to equip students with basic skills in speaking, reading, and writing isiXhosa. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

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