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Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Study Abroad in Stellenbosch
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Study sustainability in a tranquil, friendly environment in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s center for “clean” industry and a sought-after spot for businesses. Start with a week at the Sustainability Institute, a working eco-village. Learn about the effects of apartheid and what’s being done to combat it. Discover how wine farms are moving toward sustainability, and 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:

  • Take innovative CIEE and Stellenbosch University courses on issues and themes related to sustainability and community
  • Participate in a special CIEE pre-term Building Sustainable Communities module during which you’ll live, study, and volunteer at the Sustainability Institute, and interact with members of the associated eco-village community
  • Go on field trips and excursions focused on ecology, natural resource management, community development, and sustainable agriculture
  • Take part in CIEE community service projects with historically disadvantaged communities around Stellenbosch, including opportunities with schools, NGOs, and public health organizations
  • Attend special activities coordinated by CIEE through our 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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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:

  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship
  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship

    The Bailey Scholarship is awarded to students who self-identify as a member of a group that has traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students. Award amounts are $1,500 for semester or yearlong programs and $1000 for summer programs, applied toward the awardee’s CIEE program fee.

  • John E. Bowman Travel Grants
  • John E. Bowman Travel Grants

    The Bowman Travel Grants are awarded to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs in non-traditional locations and are meant to help to defray the costs of travel. All awards are $1,000 and are issued directly to the awardee, after all other program fees have been paid. For students whose school is billed for all fees, the award will be released within four weeks of award notification.

  • CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships
  • CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships

    In an effort to make study abroad opportunities available to the widest possible audience, CIEE-ISP Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need. $2,000 for semester or yearlong programs and $1,000 for summer programs, applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • GAIN
  • GAIN

    CIEE created the Global Access Initiative (GAIN) to help students overcome the major barriers to studying abroad, namely costs and curriculum requirements. GAIN aids in the diversification of study abroad by providing overseas opportunities for students who are economically challenged. The award is $1500 towards an airline ticket with any remaining funds distributed to the student in the form of a check.

  • Kathleen McDermott Scholarship
  • Kathleen McDermott Scholarship

    The McDermott Scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, and who are either a Public Health or Nursing major, and/or are participating in a CIEE Community Public Health study abroad program. Awards range from $1000-$2500, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

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

Prepare to explore a city like you never have before. In Cities, Sustainability, and Community, you’ll study natural resources, energy, mobility, culture, architecture, and agriculture, and explore how to create livable urban spaces. 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 toward sustainability. During a weekend away at the Kogelberg eco- cabins, you’ll explore the sensitivity of the local biosphere, consider how modern life affects the planet, and relax away the stress of a busy semester. Set in a small nature reserve, these cabins are sustainability at its most beautiful and luxurious. The eco-cabins include solar-heated showers, an ecologically cleaned bio-pool, and reclaimed wood décor and fittings.

Each semester, you’ll also go on a variety of excursions. You may visit local renewable energy sites like the Darling Wind Farm, sustainable agriculture projects like the Philippi Horticultural Area on the Cape Flats, and conservation areas in rural and urban development zones including Cape Point. 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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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, 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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Costs
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 **
$15,272
Housing
$2,165
Insurance
$113

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
$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 **
$15,272
Housing
$2,165
Insurance
$113

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 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
  • 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 an independent research project in place of one Stellenbosch University elective course.

Students may also enroll in the CIEESeminar on Living and Learning in Stellendboschfor an additional 2 semester/3 quarter credits.

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About the City

About The City

Just 30 miles from Cape Town, Stellenbosch is a university town of 100,000 people situated in the Winelands District of the Western Cape province. It’s filled with oak-lined streets, 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 sustainability 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 courses. Quinton holds 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

Joe Warren, resident director, is a Stellenbosch local. He has worked with the CIEE Sustainability and Community program since 2006, and was instrumental in its redesign to focus on sustainability and its community impact. 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 working on his doctorate 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

Twenty-eight thousand students attend Stellenbosch University including 3,000 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

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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 CIEE Directed Independent Research course 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 guesthouse, or 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.

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’ll live in the Sustainability Institute guesthouse, 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’ll 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’ll 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’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 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 CIEE Sustainability and Community program in Stellenbosch 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 studies with field-based experiential learning and community engagement. Students may continue their studies for a second semester, during which they’ll 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 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

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 place-making have in creating livable urban spaces. This course explores our past, present, and 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 guesthouse 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 earn 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 CIEE 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.

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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