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Study Abroad in Stellenbosch
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Study in an intimate setting in the college town of Stellenbosch. At first appearances a sleepy Winelands city, Stellenbosch is growing rapidly and offers a unique combination of the tranquil country life and the excitement of the greater Cape Town area. Renowned for its gourmet food and fine wines, Stellenbosch is also a town grappling with difficult issues post-apartheid. Engage with different communities who are learning to come together to celebrate their diversity. Examine different cultural patterns in one of the most diverse countries in the world. You’re in for a well-rounded experience of a lifetime.

Study abroad in Stellenbosch and you’ll:

  • Be part of a highly personalized learning experience including a tailored series of CIEE ‘family’ meetings
  • Take part in CIEE community engagement projects with historically disadvantaged communities around Stellenbosch, including opportunities with schools, NGOs, and public health organizations
  • Attend special activities coordinated by CIEE including academic and experiential modules, guest lectures, and local activities that allow for firsthand exploration of the challenges facing global communities today
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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 $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Prepare to explore a city like you never have before. Study diverse areas that relate to your out of class experiences at one of Africa’s top universities. Direct enroll courses allow you to take classes with South African students and engage with the debates as they emerge. Some courses available to you in Stellenbosch include HIV and Aids: A South African Perspective, Population and Conservation Ecology, Learning for Sustainable Community Engagement, Comparative Southern African Politics, Introduction to Human-Environmental Systems, and Economic and Developmental Problems in South Africa/Africa.

Excursions

Explore South Africa through interaction with diverse local communities. Learn about the South African slave history in the historic Bo Kaap. Spend a weekend in a local informal settlement and find out how different locals live. Visit famous wine farms that are engaging their workers and environments to make healthier and happy communities. Through the unique Stellenbosch extracurricular program you will experience Stellenbosch and the surrounding areas in a variety of ways. You will explore Cape Town using every conceivable form of public transport, you will make visits to neighbouring Franschhoek and Paarl to experience how they are different and similar to Stellenbosch. From river bioremediation projects to locally produced and ethically sourced chocolate manufacturing, we’ve got it all.

Volunteering

Eager to give back to the local community? Great! You’ll have the opportunity to volunteer in historically disadvantaged communities around Stellenbosch, including Kayamandi and Idas Valley. You might tutor in local schools, work on HIV/AIDS projects, volunteer at mental health care facilities, or assist with low-cost housing projects. Some recent volunteer placement organizations include: the Pebbles Project, Serve the City, ISOS Kayamandi, and the Sustainability Institute.

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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.

  • 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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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Spring 2017 (21 wks)
11/01/2016
01/15/2017
06/09/2017
$17,850

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 **
$14,829
Housing
$2,410
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$144

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 $500 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
$1,800
International Airfare *
$1,300
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees **
$148
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$1,800

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

** on-site visa extension fee

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • Junior standing and above
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for the semester is 15-18 semester / 22.5-27 quarter hours. The number of credits each student takes varies depending on the courses taken and credit per course. University of Stellenbosch classes typically are 2-4 U.S. credits each.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students choose courses from a range of disciplines offered by Stellenbosch University. A comprehensive list of academic areas is available including, but not limited to; philosophy, history, linguistics, mathematics, development, ecology, geography, environment, business, and/or community engagement. Students may choose to do a CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course or CIEE Independent Research project in place of one Stellenbosch University elective course.

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About the City

About The City

Just 30 miles from Cape Town, Stellenbosch is a university town of 150,000 people situated in the Winelands District of the Western Cape province. It’s filled with oak-lined streets, diverse communities, restaurants, art galleries, historic buildings, and many wine cellars. The white-washed Cape Dutch architecture and five campuses of the university provide a comfortable setting to explore issues of culture, race and community in South Africa.

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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 course at the Cape Town Study center. 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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Joe Warren

Resident Director

Joe Warren is a Stellenbosch ‘transplant’ local, originally from KwaZulu-Natal, who has worked with CIEE since 2006. Joe received a bachelor’s degree in languages and culture and master’s of philosophy degree in intercultural communication from Stellenbosch University. He is currently completing his postgraduate diploma in higher education teaching and learning. Joe shows and discusses films at an intimate film theatre weekly, enjoys thrusting new music upon unsuspecting friends, and is mad about dogs. Joe teaches the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course.

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Stellenbosch is one of the wealthiest towns in South Africa but, as with most South African towns and cities, that wealth is distributed very unevenly through the population. Like it’s ‘Big Sister’, Cape Town, Stellenbosch reflects the sometimes paradoxical nature of South Africa. In the centre of the town lies the central business district, buzzing with well-heeled customers enjoying a cappuccino under the ancient oaks. Towards the periphery, settlements of 10 000 people live with no access to water, waste removal, and electricity.

Stellenbosch provides a safe space from which to experience the difficulties and successes South Africa has had in negotiating its post-apartheid transformation. The small town feel allows you to quickly assimilate into the local cultures while still having access to the many opportunities that the Western Cape has to offer.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

About 28,000 students attend Stellenbosch University, including 4,000 international students. CIEE’s Study Center at Stellenbosch University provides students with a range of academic and intellectual experiences, enabling them to witness firsthand South Africa’s ongoing transformation. Students participate in the country’s evolution as they engage in community work in and around Stellenbosch.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the program fee for all participants. Study abroad students live in student residences on the Stellenbosch University campus. Meals are included in the program fee for two of the three residence options. The other residence option allows for self-catering, or meals can be eaten at restaurants and cafés in Stellenbosch.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Stellenbosch 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 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 pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

On-Site Orientation

During the mandatory on-site orientation, you'll participate in programs organized by CIEE and Stellenbosch University for study abroad students. The goal is to introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provide practical information about living in South Africa, in general, and in Stellenbosch, specifically. You’ll also 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 basic language skills, culture shock, safety, and other “survival skills” for visiting students. During orientation, local Stellenbosch University students assist international students. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You're encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop but please note that wireless is not universally accessible. You should also bring a LAN cable with you. If you bring your own laptop, you can register it for a small fee and use it in your residence hall and around campus. You'll also have 24-hour access to email and the Internet at Stellenbosch University’s computer lab.
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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Arts and Sciences program in Stellenbosch is designed to give students access to a broad selection of academic areas, including community development, business, sociology, politics, literature, ecology and economics while creating structured opportunities to engage with the local community.. In addition, students have the opportunity to become fully integrated into the campus community. The program is designed for highly motivated students who want to combine classroom studies with field-based experiential learning and community engagement.

Academic Culture

CIEE study abroad participants are required to take a full program of courses, including all assignments and written examinations. Teaching methods at Stellenbosch University normally involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and, in the sciences, laboratory classes. The system is geared toward the scholar who is motivated, self-sufficient, and deeply interested in the subject matter. Participants may notice striking differences between their home educational system and the Stellenbosch system. The South African higher education system offers a less-structured environment that requires students to take greater responsibility and initiative. Courses may involve relatively few contact hours each week, since they are intended as a starting point for a great deal of individual study.

The CIEE Study Center follows the university’s calendar with an additional time for orientation at the beginning of the semester. The South African academic year has two semesters starting mid-January and running through early November.

Nature of Classes

Stellenbosch University courses are for CIEE, local, and other international students. The CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership class and the CIEE Directed Independent Research class are for CIEE students only.

Grading System

In most subjects, assessment is based on continuous evaluation with assignments, oral presentations, one mid-semester test, and a concluding examination. The minimum passing grade is 50 percent, while 75 percent and above is considered a superior (cum laude) grade. Grades and credits are converted to the U.S. system, according to a standard scale.

Language of Instruction

English
Afrikaans

Faculty

The CIEE elective courses in Stellenbosch are taught by the Resident Director. All other courses are taught by faculty from Stellenbosch University.

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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.

CIEE Electives

COMM 3301 CTSA
Intercultural Communication and Leadership

In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Stellenbosch as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

INDE 3003 STSA
Directed Independent Research

CIEE supports qualified students who wish to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project while abroad. In order to enroll, students must submit a research proposal including a clearly defined research topic, an explanation of research plans, a description of preparation in the planned area of study, a list of resources, a tentative outline of a final paper, and a suggested schedule of progress. Students complete a total of 135 hours of research and meet regularly with an advisor to complete an academically rigorous, ethically sound, and culturally appropriate research project and final research paper. Approval for participation in Directed Independent Research must be obtained from the Resident Director and the student’s home institution prior to arrival on the program. Upon receipt of the approved plan, the Resident Director meets with an appropriate faculty member and, after arrival, meets with the student to work out the details of the student’s project. The Resident Director also provides a course component on research methods. Students may choose to combine their community service volunteer work with their independent research. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Stellenbosch University Courses

Students may select from the following specifically focused courses offered through Stellenbosch University. Students will be required to provide proof of proficiency for most upper level courses:

Stellenbosch University Courses
Language

Afrikaans for Beginners Level 1 (fall and spring) (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
Afrikaans Level 2 (fall and spring with sufficient enrollment) (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
isiXhosa: Language & Culture (fall and spring) (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)

Service-Learning
Learning for Sustainable Community Engagement (LSCE) (9 semester/13.5 quarter hours)*
*Please note that enrollment in the LSCE course requires preapproval and additional application requirements.

Development, Economics, and Policy
Fall Semester

Public Management and Policy (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
Economic and Developmental Problems in South Africa/Africa (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
HIV and AIDS: A South African Perspective (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
Political Science: Introduction to African Politics (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)

Spring semester
Comparative Southern African Politics (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
Orientation to Development, Society, and State (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
HIV and AIDS: A South African Perspective (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
Political Development and Transformation (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)

Ecology and Environment
Fall Semester

Introduction to Conservation Management (4 semester/6 quarter hours)
Population and Conservation Ecology (4 semester/6 quarter hours)
The South African City (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)

Spring Semester
Introduction to Human-Environmental Systems (4 semester/6 quarter hours)
Conserving Nature (2 semester/3 quarter hours)
Introduction to Environmental Sociology (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)

Philosophy, History, and Culture
Fall Semester

Survey of South African History (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
Africa and South Africa: Colonisation and Rearrangement of Societies (4 semester/6 quarter hours)
Philosophy of Religion (2 semester/3 quarter hours)
Philosophy of Culture (2 semester/3 quarter hours)

Spring Semester
Critical Social Theory and Ideology Critique (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
African Philosophy (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
Introduction to South African Politics (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
History and Nature of South African theatre (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Fall Semester

Discrete Mathematics (4 semester/6 quarter hours)
Microbial Diversity (4 semester/6 quarter hours)
Introductory Molecular Biology (4 semester/6 quarter hours)
Inorganic Chemistry (4 semester/6 quarter hours)

Spring Semester
Introductory Genetics (4 semester/6 quarter hours)
Advanced Biotechnology (4 semester/6 quarter hours)
Calculus (4 semester/6 quarter hours)
Organic Chemistry (4 semester/6 quarter hours)

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