Study Abroad in Cape Town

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Explore Cape Town, South Africa

Juxtaposed against stunning mountains and seascapes is a developing nation striving for innovative solutions to solve vast economic, political, and social challenges.

Study abroad student taking a picture with an elephant in Capetown, South Africa
Study abroad students looking out over the lake in Capetown, South Africa
Study abroad Cultural dance in Cape Town, South Africa

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions and Open Campus Block programs include excursions uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Cape Town, past excursions have included:

  • Visits to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, built on top of the docks at the Port of Cape Town
  • Cooking lessons for traditional foods from the Cape Malay, isiXhosa, and Afrikaans traditions
  • Dance lessons drawn from local  groups such as  isiXhosa and amaZuluExploring iconic sites like Cape Peninsula, the Cape Flats, Robben Island, Table Mountain, and cultural hubs like Bo Kaap, Grabouw and District Six
Study Abroad Cape Town UCT Campus


CIEE Cape Town
Our location in Cape Town is part of the CIEE Open Campus Block Network. CIEE Cape Town is located in the Rondebosch district, near the University of Cape Town campus.

University of Cape Town (UCT)
Established as South African College in 1829, UCT is internationally recognized as Africa’s leading research university, with beautiful grounds and attractive buildings. The UCT campus includes a range of commercial, medical, recreational, and sporting facilities.

Study Abroad students taking part in an excursion in Capetown, South Africa


Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. In Cape Town, students can volunteer to tutor students in English and math, work on AIDS/HIV projects, and mentor troubled teens. 

Study Abroad Programs in Cape Town

Pocket Guide to Cape Town

  • Currency
    South African Rand

    Spoken Languages
    English, Afrikaans, Xhosa

    Available Transportation
    Metrorail, Golden Arrow Bus, Combi, feet

    Famous Local
    Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City, which won the Arthur C. Clarke prize for Science Fiction in 2011

  • Climate
    Warm, dry summers; cool wet winters

    Places to Explore
    Table Mountain – dramatic plateau that forms a backdrop to Cape Town

  • Airport
    Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

    Social Norms
    When greeting someone, it is considered impolite not to ask how they are – and you need to wait for an answer!

    What to Pack
    Backpack, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, mosquito repellent

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What People are Saying

  • "The program exceeded my expectations and provided us with not only fun trips and great information, but an amazing group of faculty that I became close with."

    Jaleesa P., Eckerd College
  • "Really rich programming around cultural immersion and very considerate staff who care about the well-being of students."

    Emily M., Brown University
  • "The people, places, food, and landscape are absolutely amazing!"

    Logan F., Susquehanna University
  • "It is such a great experience and you learn so much in a short period of time."

    Robert L., Wofford College
  • "The overwhelming support I got from staff was amazing! Very genuine good-hearted people."

    Pauline S., Marymount University