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Dates:
07/13/2014 - 11/20/2014
Deadlines:
03/01/2014
Credit:
15 - 16 semester / 22.5 - 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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01/19/2014 - 06/10/2014
Deadlines:
10/01/2013
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15 - 16 semester / 22.5 - 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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10/15/2014
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Study Abroad in Stellenbosch
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Program Overview

Program Overview

The Sustainability and Community study abroad program in Stellenbosch provides you with both a theoretical grounding and practical experience in urban studies, ecology, community, and sustainable living.

Through a combination of CIEE and Stellenbosch University courses, field-based experiential learning, and special activities organized in conjunction with an affiliated Sustainability Institute, you will learn firsthand about the issues and challenges impacting South Africa and the global community, while exploring and evaluating sustainable practices within specific community settings.

Study abroad in Stellenbosch and you will have access to:

  • Innovative CIEE and Stellenbosch University courses on issues and themes related to sustainability and community
  • A special CIEE pre-term Building Sustainable Communities module that allows students to live, study, and volunteer at the Sustainability Institute and interact with members of the associated eco-village community
  • CIEE field trips and excursions with a focus on ecology, natural resource management, community development, and sustainable agriculture
  • CIEE community service projects with historically disadvantaged communities around Stellenbosch, including opportunities with schools, NGOs, and public-health organizations
  • Special activities coordinated by CIEE through its partnership with the Sustainability Institute, 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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Prepare to explore a city like you never have before. In Cities, Sustainability, and Community, you’ll learn to view the multiple facets of a city as a unit of human settlement, delve into the issues that affect a city’s sustainability—natural resources, energy, mobility, culture, architecture, and agriculture—and gain an understanding of the role that place and placemaking have in creating livable urban spaces. Sound interesting? That’s just the beginning. Other courses available to you in Stellenbosch include HIV and Aids: A South African Perspective, Population and Conservation Ecology, Introduction to Natural Forest Ecosystems, and Economic and Developmental Problems in South Africa/Africa.

Excursions

Explore South Africa with an eye towards sustainability. From local renewable energy sites such as the Darling Wind Farm to sustainable agriculture projects like the Philippi Horticultural Area on the Cape Flats and conservation areas to rural and urban development zones including Cape Point, you’ll discover, firsthand, South Africa’s efforts to address the challenges of effectively managing the area’s natural resources, community development, and economy. Along the way, you’ll see some of the region's most beautiful landscapes and thought-provoking cultural sites. Plus, you’ll have the chance to debate sustainability with the experts through events with organizations like the African Centre for Cities.

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Community Engagement

Learn from and give back to your host community. The Community Service program in Stellenbosch aims to provide you personalized volunteer opportunities in the historically disadvantaged communities around Stellenbosch including Kayamandi and Idas Valley. Such activities may include tutoring in local schools, working on HIV/AIDS projects, volunteering at mental health care facilities, and assisting with low-cost housing projects. Some recent volunteer placement organizations include: The Pebbles Project, Peace Parks Foundation, ISOS Kayamandi, and the Jessie Keet Creche.

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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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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (19 wks)
03/01/2014
07/13/2014
11/20/2014
$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 **
$14,573
Housing
$2,475
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
$1,800
International Airfare *
$1,750
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees
$90
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

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Spring 2014 (20 wks)
10/01/2013
01/19/2014
06/10/2014
$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 **
$14,573
Housing
$2,475
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
$1,800
International Airfare *
$1,750
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees
$90
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

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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
  • College-level coursework in geography, ecology, environmental studies, sustainability, community development, or other related disciplines
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15–16 semester/22.5–24 quarter hours. The number of credits each student takes varies depending on the courses taken, contact hours, and recommended credit per course.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students on this study abroad program take the required CIEE core course, Cities, Sustainability, and Community. They can then choose to enroll in multiple academic courses at Stellenbosch University with a specific focus on language, development and policy, ecology and environment, and/or community engagement. Students may choose to do a CIEE Directed Independent Research project in place of one Stellenbosch University elective course.

Students may also enroll in the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Stellendbosch for an additional two semester/three quarter credits.

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About the City

About The City

Situated in the Winelands district of the Western Cape province, Stellenbosch is a university town of 100,000 people. Only 30 miles from Cape Town, Stellenbosch is a town where study abroad students can quickly assimilate into the local culture, while still having access to the many opportunities that the Western Cape has to offer. Stellenbosch is a mixture of First and Third World. The oak-lined streets filled with whitewashed Cape Dutch architecture provide a comfortable atmosphere in which students can engage in an understanding of the broader South African society.

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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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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, Study Center Director, Cape Town and Stellenbosch

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Joe Warren

Joe Warren, Resident Director, is a Stellenbosch local. He has worked with the CIEE Stellenbosch S&C program since 2006 in a number of capacities. Most recently he was involved in redesigning the program to focus on Sustainability & Community. Joe received a BA (Languages and Culture) and MPhil (Intercultural Communication) from Stellenbosch University, and is currently working on his Ph.D in Sociolinguistics. Joe is passionate about nature and animals, and when not in the office, can be found on long hikes with his three dogs.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Study Center at Stellenbosch University provides students with a range of academic and intellectual experiences that enable them to witness and take part in the complex process of transformation in South Africa. From the campus community to the greater society beyond Stellenbosch, students become participants in, rather than mere observers of, this dynamic and evolving environment. Through this process, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the evolving story that is South Africa.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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Housing is included in the program fee. Study abroad students live in student residences on the Stellenbosch University campus. Those students participating in Directed Independent Research at the Sustainability Institute can also spend up to four weeks in-residence at the Eco Village at the Sustainability Institute (limited spaces available).

Meals are not included in the program fee and can be either prepared by students in the residence hall or guest house, or eaten at restaurants and cafes 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. 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 aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

Pre-Term Program: Building Sustainable Communities

The first week of the study abroad program includes a special pre-term theory and praxis experience at the Stellenbosch Sustainability Institute and its associated Eco-Village. You will live in the Sustainability Institute guest house and spend a week participating in a series of discussions and hands-on experiences to help you become more familiar with issues such as food security, water, waste, and sanitation, energy, and community development. You will assist members of the Eco-Village community with various projects, including care for the community garden, and will have the opportunity to interact with local students at the community school. Following the pre-term at the Sustainability Institute, you will move into your accommodations at Stellenbosch University and begin the regular CIEE on-site orientation program.

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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 will 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 African history, politics, geography, safety, and “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 are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. If you do so, you can register it for a small fee and use it in your residence hall and around campus. You will also have 24-hour access to email and the Internet at Stellenbosch University’s computer lab.

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Academics

Academics

The Sustainability and Community study abroad program is designed to engage students in a variety of sustainability-related subject areas including development and policy, ecology and environment, community development, and economic issues that impact present-day South Africa. At the CIEE Study Center at Stellenbosch University, students have the opportunity to become fully integrated into the campus community. Students in this program enroll in a required CIEE core course, and choose from a selection of other CIEE and Stellenbosch University elective courses. The program is designed for highly motivated students who want to combine classroom-based studies with field-based experiential learning and community engagement. Students may continue their studies for a second semester in which they will conduct Directed Independent Research in addition to taking a small selection of elective courses.

Academic Culture

Students take the required CIEE core course, Cities, Sustainability, and Community, and a choice of academic courses (from a select list determined by CIEE) offered through Stellenbosch University. In addition, students enroll in Afrikaans or isiXhosa language, or a CIEE Directed Independent Research project. Finally, students may opt to enroll in the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Stellenbosch course.

CIEE study abroad participants are required to undertake 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. Directed Independent Research requires considerable initiative and independently-driven fieldwork.

The CIEE Study Center follows the University’s calendar with an additional period of 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

The required CIEE core course, Cities, Sustainability, and Community, is for CIEE study abroad students only. Stellenbosch University courses are for CIEE, local, and other international students. The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Stellenbosch is for CIEE students only.

Grading System

South African academic life follows the European tradition and includes a combination of lectures and seminars with individual laboratory time and library work. 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%, while 75% 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

Courses are taught by faculty from Stellenbosch University and its affiliated Sustainability Institute

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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 Course

GEOG 3001 STSC

Cities, Sustainability, and Community
The city is the setting for a mixture of peoples, cultures, lives, and livelihoods. The world’s population is becoming increasingly urbanized, yet the future of the city is in jeopardy. As populations grow in tandem with dwindling resources, human populations will increasingly struggle to maintain healthy, productive, enjoyable, and just cities. This interdisciplinary seminar looks at multiple facets of the city as a unit of human settlement and the related issues that affect their sustainability—natural resources, energy, the green economy, security, mobility, culture, architecture, agriculture—and the related notion of community and the role that place and placemaking have in creating liveable urban spaces. This course explores our past, present, and most importantly the future of living in an urbanized world with specific reference to South African and African urban issues and case studies. The course begins with a special pre-term component focused on building sustainable communities. Combining theory and praxis, students spend the first week of the semester living at the Sustainability Institute and participating in a series of discussions, film screenings, community work, and reflection sessions. Students live in the Sustainability Institute guest house and live alongside members of the Sustainability Institute’s Eco-Village community. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE Electives

INDE 3001 STSA/INDE 3002 STSA/INDE 3003 STSA

Directed Independent Research
Students who make the necessary arrangements may undertake a directed independent research project in conjunction with the Sustainability Institute and related staff. Students who wish to do so for credit must submit a clear statement of purpose, explanation of research plans, description of preparation in the planned area of study, list of resources, tentative outline of a final paper, requirements for grading, and suggested schedule of progress. Permission in writing must be granted by the home institution before the student departs for South Africa. The number of credit hours granted is determined by the student’s home institution, but cannot exceed three credits. Upon receipt of the approved plan, the resident director meets with an appropriate faculty member and then meets with the student, after his or her arrival, to work out the details of the student’s project. The resident director also provides a course component on research methods. Students may want to combine their community service volunteer work with their independent research. In some cases, students may be required to pay an additional fee (approximately $100–$300). Contact hours: Varies. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

CLST 3001 STSA

Seminar on Living and Learning in Stellenbosch
The Seminar on Living and Learning in Stellenbosch is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how South Africans are different from, and similar to, themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of South Africa. Contact hours: 25. Recommended credit: 2 semester/ 3 quarter hours. Instructor: Joe Warren, CIEE Resident Coordinator.

Stellenbosch University Courses

Students may select from the following specifically-focused courses offered through Stellenbosch University.

Stellenbosch University Courses

Language
*Afrikaans for Beginners
Basic Afrikaans Level 1 (fall and spring)
Basic Afrikaans Level 2 (fall and spring with sufficient enrollment)
*isiXhosa: Language and Culture (fall and spring)

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

Development, Economics, and Policy

Fall Semester
Public Management and Policy (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
Development Policy Frameworks (2 semester/3 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)
Urban Development (2 semester/3 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)
Development Theory and Paradigms (2 semester/3 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
Forestry Development (2 semester/3 quarter hours)
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 Natural Forest Ecosystems (2 semester/3 quarter hours)
Introduction to Environmental Sociology (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
Forest and Environmental Policy and Law (2 semester/3 quarter hours)

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