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05/25/2015 - 06/22/2015
Deadlines:
04/01/2015
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3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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06/22/2015 - 07/20/2015
Deadlines:
04/01/2015
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Don’t just watch history happen; become a part of it. In Cape Town with CIEE, you’ll witness and take part in the complex process of transformation occurring in South Africa. During courses, community engagement activities, excursions, and more, you’ll trace the impact of colonialism on the indigenous peoples; examine the emergence and significance of apartheid; and explore the role this fascinating country’s history continues to have on society today. If you’ve ever heard Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Grammy award winning male a cappella group from South Africa, you may have an idea of what’s in store: a transformative experience with a people whose beauty and power in the face of struggle will give you the chills.

Study abroad in Cape Town and you’ll:

  • Live with a South African family or University of Cape Town students
  • Begin your study of the Afrikaans/ Xhosa languages
  • Play traditional instruments like the uhadi
  • Dance the isicathulo and other culturally important dances
  • Experience one of the most multicultural cities in the world
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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:

  • 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

  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship
  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship

    CIEE and Mobility International USA are partnering to give more U.S. college students with disabilities the chance to study abroad! See

    http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/miusa/

    for more information, including the additional application required to be considered for this award.

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel with fellow CIEE students to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to expand your global perspective and sharpen your cultural awareness.

2015 Destinations*:

  • Session I: Johannesburg
  • Session II: Durban
*Note: Locations are subject to change.

Homestay

Live and share most of your meals with South African natives in the culturally rich communities of, Bo-Kaap or Langa during an optional homestay.

Excursions and Cultural Activities

Go on excursions to sites of historical importance including Robben Island, Cape Point, the District 6 Museum, and Cape Peninsula. Learn to cook traditional foods from the Cape Malay, Xhosa, and Afrikaans peoples, and try your hand at traditional dances from South African ethnic groups like Zulu, Ndebele, and Shangaan. You’ll also have fun attending rugby and soccer matches; theater, music, and dance productions; and local festivals.

Community Engagement

Make a difference in your host community while practicing your Afrikaans/ Xhosa language skills by taking part in community engagement activities in townships impacted by South Africa’s dynamic past.

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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
  • 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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Summer Session I 2015 (4 wks)
04/01/2015
05/25/2015
06/22/2015
$4,350

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, field trips, local transportation pass for students not living within walking distance of campus, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,167
Housing
$650
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$120

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
$600
International Airfare *
$1,650
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$400

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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Summer Session I 2016
04/01/2016
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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Summer Session II 2015 (4 wks)
04/01/2015
06/22/2015
07/20/2015
$4,350

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, field trips, local transportation pass for students not living within walking distance of campus, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,167
Housing
$650
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$120

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
$600
International Airfare *
$1,650
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$400

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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Summer Session II 2016
04/01/2016
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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Summer 2015 Session I, II (8 wks)
04/01/2015
05/25/2015
07/20/2015
$7,830

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, field trips, local transportation pass for students not living within walking distance of campus, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,997
Housing
$1,300
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$120

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
$1,200
International Airfare *
$1,650
Local Transportation
$200
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$800

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
Summer 2016 Session I, II
04/01/2016
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
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session; 6 semester/9 quarter hours for two sessions, and 9 semester/13.5 quarter hours for three sessions.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students choose between two elective courses. They may also take an optional not-for-credit language course to help them engage with the community.

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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 at the same time grappling with the vast socio-economic inequalities that are the legacy of the 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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Cape Town has a reputation for being the most open-minded and relaxed city in South Africa. This impression, however, is disparate: the city looks European, but it is not European; it feels African, but it is not African. It is a mixture of First World and Third World. There are parts of Cape Town that are very affluent and areas that are very bleak and poor (normally the townships) with very few resources. As a direct result of many years of apartheid, Cape Town has a First World infrastructure with Third World development challenges.

Cape Town gives you the opportunity to experience South Africa with its problems and its joys. It gives you a chance to enjoy Cape Town as the gateway to the rest of Africa, and at the same time, provides the opportunity to be part of the rebuilding of a nation that was almost destroyed by apartheid. Come to Cape Town to enjoy the natural beauty and be part of the rebuilding of a new nation that in 2009 celebrated 150 years of democracy.

— Quinton Redcliffe, Center Director

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Ronel Stevens

Resident Director

Ronel Stevens, 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

Students take courses at the CIEE Study Center, which is on the campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT), internationally recognized as one of Africa’s leading research universities. The campus has sweeping lawns, pathways, trees, ponds, and waterfalls that combine with attractive physical structures and extensive playing fields to make a pleasant study environment. Commercial, medical, recreational, and sporting facilities are available on campus, including a swimming pool, gymnasium, basketball, tennis, badminton and squash courts, and a weight room.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the program fee. Students have the option of living in a CIEE homestay or CIEE-managed apartments. For the homestay, students reside with a local South African family and typically have a 20 to 30-minute commute to campus. Breakfast and dinner are provided during the week, and all three meals are provided on weekends. For the apartment option, students share rooms in an apartment suite with other CIEE program participants or with resident assistants (RAs), local University of Cape Town students. RAs are local University of Cape Town students selected and trained to live with the CIEE students. Meals in CIEE apartments are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can prepare their own meals or eat at local restaurants and cafés.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Cape Town even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure 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 students 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 pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

A three-day orientation session at the beginning of each session introduces students to the city of Cape Town, South African culture, and the program. The orientation includes specially designed sessions on health and safety, local living logistics, and community engagement opportunities.

Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Wireless Internet connections are available on campus. There are also inexpensive Internet cafés located throughout Cape Town. Internet reliability and access is not always available at the same level as in the U.S. and may require additional fees.

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Culture

Culture

The comprehensive cultural program developed by CIEE consists of visits to local theater, music, and dance productions, museum tours, and local festivals. Events and activities are chosen to provide students with a good overview of the diversity in South Africa and to complement the overall theme of transformation discussed in the core course.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

The courses on this program are for CIEE students only. Courses are structured like seminars, meeting intensively for four weeks and including various discussions, guest lectures, and presentations. Additional time each week is reserved for student volunteer projects and program activities and excursions.

Nature Of Classes

Classes are for CIEE students only

Grading System

Grades are assigned based on weekly and final tests or papers and, depending on the course, additional assignments such as a research paper or a class presentation. Attendance and class participation are also incorporated into the final grade. Attendance is mandatory; unexcused absences incur an academic penalty.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

Courses will be taught by faculty from University of Cape Town and other local universities, qualified resident staff, and/or visiting foreign faculty with extensive expertise in South Africa’s rich history.

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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.

Session I

CIEE Elective Courses

Students choose one of the following two courses:

HIST 3001 CTSU / AFST 3002 CTSU

Historical Development of South Africa from First People to 1992
The course will explore South African history from the arrival of the first people in South Africa or Azania in the mid-17th century to pre-apartheid. This overview will trace the impact of colonialism on the indigenous peoples and examine the emergence of apartheid and its impact on South Africa. An introduction will also be given to the multiculturalism that enriches South African society.

ARTS 2001 CTSU / AFST 2001 CTSU

Music and Dance Forms of South Africa
This is an introductory course of authentic South African dances and music which requires no prior dance or singing experience. Participants will explore traditions from the black population from the four major ethnic group – Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi), Sotho, Shangaan-Tsonga, and Venda – and the white population of British and European descent. The course involves practical study in dance and music, including isicathulo (gumboot dance), isicathamiya (the style popularized in the U.S. by Ladysmith Black Mambazo), ngoma dance (isishameni, isibhaca, and umzansi), maskanda guitar, African xylophones (timbila, amadinda), mbira, and umakhweyana gourd bow.

Optional Non-Credit Language Courses:

Survival Afrikaans
Program participants are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course to help them to engage more closely with Cape Town community members and develop a better understanding of South African society. Students need no prior knowledge of spoken and written Afrikaans. The course actively engages students in learning the language with an integrated approach of acquiring speaking, writing, and comprehension skills. Students learn basic grammar in context, and are expected to apply grammatical knowledge in task-based (oral and written) situations.

Communication Skills in isiXhosa for Beginners
Program participants are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course to help them to engage more closely with Cape Town community members and develop a better understanding of South African society. Students need no prior knowledge of spoken and written Xhosa. The course is designed to enable students to engage in: Basic communication (greetings, introduction) , Giving social information (Family, making requests, describing work situations). Getting basic isiXhosa syntax, (making sentences). Students should acquire basic proficiency in isiXhosa which they can improve on through regular practice in their engagement with the different communities.

Session II

CIEE Elective Courses

Students choose one of the following two courses:

HIST 3002 CTSU / AFST 3004 CTSU

South Africa: The Rainbow Nation from 1992 to the Present
The course will explore South African history from the dismantling of apartheid to the present day. This overview will look at the emergence of apartheid and its impact on South Africa. Special attention will be given to the role history continues to impact on society today. An introduction will also be given to the multiculturalism that enriches South African society today.

POLI 3001 CTSU / AFST 3005 CTSU

Redrawing of South African Politics
Students will be introduced to South African politics and nation building from the brokering of the end of apartheid to current political landscapes. Special attention will be given to the various political parties in relations to identity, race, and nation building while exploring and understanding their interplay with the larger political system in South Africa. Part of the course will focus on South African presidents, including F.W. de Klerk (part of the first democratic election in the negotiated transitions), Nelson Mandela (the transition to democracy), Thabo Mbeki (political system in action; human rights); and the current President Jacob Zuma (understanding of culture, power and possibly decreasing the democratic role and contemporary challenges). Students will gain a deeper understanding of the main political traditions in modern South Africa and how they have interacted and developed. The course will consist of interactive lectures, discussions, video material, and field trips.

Optional Non-Credit Language Courses:

Survival Afrikaans
Program participants are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course to help them to engage more closely with Cape Town community members and develop a better understanding of South African society. Students need no prior knowledge of spoken and written Afrikaans. The course actively engages students in learning the language with an integrated approach of acquiring speaking, writing and comprehension skills. Students learn basic grammar in context, and are expected to apply grammatical knowledge in task-based (oral and written) situations.

Communication Skills in isiXhosa for Beginners
Program participants are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course to help them to engage more closely with Cape Town community members and develop a better understanding of South African society. Students need no prior knowledge of spoken and written Xhosa. The course is designed to enable students to engage in: Basic communication (greetings, introduction) , Giving social information (Family, making requests, describing work situations). Getting basic isiXhosa syntax, (making sentences). Students should acquire basic proficiency in isiXhosa which they can improve on through regular practice in their engagement with the different communities.

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