Study Abroad in South Africa
Study in South Africa and discover one of the world’s most affordable and vibrant countries.
Located in the southernmost tip of Africa, South Africa is a unique study abroad destination with a diverse landscape, rich culture, and relaxed lifestyle. Choose one of CIEE’s study abroad programs in South Africa and explore the country’s notable landmarks, stunning wildlife, hiking trails, history museums, and more.
When you study in South Africa, you’ll be in one of the country’s largest cities, Cape Town, where you can attend local theater, music, and dance productions; enjoy museum tours and visits to rural cooperatives; cheer for teams at a cricket or rugby match. Come for a semester of service learning, a year of arts and sciences study, or a summer exploring community development and social justice!
With homestays, cultural clubs, excursions and volunteering opportunities, CIEE study abroad in South Africa is a uniquely immersive international experience. If you’re looking to explore beyond South Africa, join our Open Campus Block Network and create a custom program that includes Cape Town, plus up to two other study abroad destinations.
Study Abroad Programs in South Africa
Study Abroad South Africa Experiences
"It has an unique aspect of allowing students to travel to multiple places. It also integrates the place that the student is studying in well into the classes which I think others should experience."Desirree A., George Washington University
"It is a great opportunity for deaf students who can get it with full access."Angie B., Gallaudet University
"The staff and the education I attained in two months will be forever in my heart and soul. I am a different person."Judy C., Lehman College
"There were a lot of really great excursions and the program was organized well. Also, the RAs and people who worked at the global institute were GREAT!"Sierra C., University of Washington
"Awesome experience studying abroad in another country."Tatum H., St Olaf College
South Africa Blog Posts
Frequently Asked Questions
WHY STUDY ABROAD IN SOUTH AFRICAClick to Open
There are several reasons why you should study abroad in South Africa, from the country’s great climate and natural attractions to its stunning landscape and multicultural cities. In Cape Town, you’ll experience a vibrant, diverse city with an exciting nightlife, cultural attractions, restaurants, and more!
HOW TO STUDY ABROAD IN SOUTH AFRICAClick to Open
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO STUDY ABROAD IN SOUTH AFRICAClick to Open
While the cost of studying abroad in South Africa varies depending on your program, duration of your program, and location, there are several scholarship opportunities to study abroad in South Africa. Students can find more information on CIEE's scholarship offerings on our Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants page.
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South Africa is a good place to study abroad for students interested in studying at a top university, University of Cape Town, where they can complete courses including African ecology and conservation, business, anthropology, public health, engineering, and more. In a destination grappling with vast socioeconomic inequalities and a global economy, students are sure to learn a lot about South Africa’s past, present, and future.