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.

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

  • Visits to the Johannesburg, Durban or 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
  • Dance lessons with ethnic groups like Zulu, Ndebele, and Shangaan
  • Exploring iconic sites like Cape Peninsula, the Cape Flats, Robben Island, Table Mountain, and cultural hubs like Bo Kaap, Grabouw and District Six

Open Campus Block Progam Study Tours
Amazing multi-day study tours on this Cape Town program!

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CIEE Global Institute – Cape Town
Our Global Institute in Cape Town is part of the CIEE Global Institute 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.


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. 

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Pocket Guide to Cape Town

  • Currency
    South African Rand

    Spoken Languages
    English, Afrikaans, Xhosa

    Available Transportation
    Metrorail, Golden Arrow Bus, Combi, feet

    Famous Local
    J.M. Coetzee, novelist, essayist, linguist, translator, and recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature

  • 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
    It is considered highly offensive to refer to anyone by their skin color

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

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