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

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Extended to: 11/01/2014
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3.0 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Learn by doing! CIEE’s Service-Learning program lets you be of service while exploring the complexities and challenges facing Cape Town and the entire South African region – like hunger, government corruption, and violence. Work with local communities, learn civic responsibility, and engage in rigorous academics, including social-research methodology, language study, and development studies. Plus, you’ll discover the rich history and culture of the South African people through visits to landmarks and sites of historical importance – and much more.

Study abroad in Cape Town and you'll:

  • 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 on 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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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Bowman Travel Grants
  • Bowman Travel Grants

    For students who want to pursue study abroad in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, or Latin America, and who demonstrate financial based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • CIEE International Development and Service-Learning Merit Scholarships
  • CIEE International Development and Service-Learning Merit Scholarships

    For strong students in international development programs who want to combine academic service learning and study abroad

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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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 socioeconomic issues that impact South African communities in Poverty and Development: Cape Town Case Study. In Social Research Methods, you learn about the methods social scientists use in their research, including quantitative and qualitative inquiry, and data collection and analysis. Study a new language, Afrikaans or Bantu, to help you better serve communities.

Community Engagement

study abroad in South Africa

Getting involved isn’t a supplementary activity – it’s integral to your time in Cape Town. This all-encompassing, semester-long study abroad program is rooted in working in the communities and with the local people you’re exposed to every day. You’ll apply theoretical principles of leadership in community service as you work directly with a local community organization, school, or nongovernmental organization in an area of health, education, development, or business. You might work with HIV-positive children in Khavelitsha, the poorest township in Cape Town, build a soccer team, set up math workshops, or give career or education support. No matter what you choose to do, you’ll gain an understanding of the realities and challenges of community service, make a real difference, and become an agent of social change.

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 like Robben Island and Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. 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.

Fieldwork

Your community engagement, research, and coursework will all come together in a capstone project based on needs and assets of the community. Students have set up a library, helped market a small bakery, started a pen-pal program between South African and U.S. prisoners, and more.

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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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Costs
Fall 2014 (18 wks)
03/01/2014
07/08/2014
11/14/2014

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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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$17,850

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 **
$13,139
Housing
$4,165
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$133

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
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
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 2015 (20 wks)
Extended to: 11/01/2014
01/27/2015
06/13/2015
$17,850

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 **
$13,139
Housing
$4,165
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$133

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
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
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 2016
10/15/2015
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

Cape Town is Africa’s most popular tourist destination for many reasons, starting with its glorious climate and natural attractions – from Table Mountain to stunning beaches. 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 socioeconomic 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

Center Director, CIEE Study Centers in Cape Town and Stellenbosch

Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, nicknamed “The Friendly City,” Quinton Redcliffe is center director for the CIEE Study Centers i n Cape Town and Stellenbosch. In addition, he teaches the CIEE Community Partnership: Theory and Engagement and Intercultural Communications courses. Quinton has 15 years of experience in international education, and previously served as manager for international student programs in the University of Cape Town’s international office. He holds a master’s degree in conflict and conflict management from the University of Port Elizabeth, and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of the Western Cape. His research interests include religious education in public schools, religion and democracy, religion and development, and religion and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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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

Resident Director

Ronel Steves, resident director for the Service-Learning program, received her bachelor’s degree in politics and history from the University of Cape Town and her law degree from the University of South Africa. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in international human rights law. Ronel is an avid fashion lover and has put on some of the biggest fashion shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg. She is a mother 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 are available on campus including 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 CIEE student experience. RAs assist with cultural excursions and live with CIEE students in the UCT residence halls and off-campus houses and apartments, providing a reliable local peer network and helping CIEE students to 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 predeparture orientation. The resident director meets with students online and 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 aim for the predeparture orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

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

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Internet

Internet

You're encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Wireless Internet is available in the residence; however, you'll 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 United States, 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 building 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 on 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 percent and above. Very few students achieve this mark. Students who receive marks that fall between 70 and 74 percent 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 percent to 69 percent. The majority of students achieve this mark. Students with 50 percent to 59 percent 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 Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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 canceled 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 socioeconomic 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 nongovernmental 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, 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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