Cape Town, South Africa

Arts + Sciences

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Information for term Arts + Sciences

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jul 12 – Nov 17, 2018 (19 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 -27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Feb 1 – Jun 16, 2018 (20 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 -27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 1, 2017 – Jun 16, 2018 (46 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 -27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Feb 1 – Nov 17, 2018 (42 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 -27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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Near the southern-most tip of Africa, Cape Town is all about the wonders of nature – and the fallout of a complicated history that make this a society in transition. Experience it all, with strong academics, links to Cape Town peers and communities, historical site visits, and time to explore on your own. It is an experience that is sure to stick with you for life.  

Unique Experiences

  • Connect

    with a South African family in a homestay.

  • Serve

    Cape Town people in need – students say it is a pinnacle of their study abroad experience.

  • Live and learn

    where natural beauty and outdoor fun are part of everyday life.

  • official languages

    11
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    2
  • curves on the breathtaking Chapman’s Peak Drive

    114

Location & Culture

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With a glorious climate and natural icons like Table Mountain and stunning beaches, it is no wonder that Cape Town is Africa’s number-one tourist destination. Day and night, this multicultural city offers much to do: water sports, mountaineering, nightclubs, and restaurants. As a microcosm of many African countries in transition, Cape Town also illuminates the issues of joining the global economy while grappling with vast socioeconomic inequalities born from its colonial and apartheid past.

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The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Explore iconic sites like the Cape Peninsula, Cape Flats, and Robben Island.
  • Join local fans at Newlands Stadium to watch cricket or rugby.
  • See culture come to life with theater, music, and dance productions.
  • Visit rural cooperatives to experience daily life beyond the city.
  • Immerse yourself in campus life at the University of Cape Town by joining a social, sport, or cultural club – select up to three activities, and we’ll cover the cost.

PROJECTS

Volunteering. Students say this is a highlight. Receive more than you give by tutoring students in English and math, working on AIDS/HIV projects, and mentoring troubled teens.

Peer-to-peer connections. Resident assistants (RAs) are top UCT students, recruited and trained by CIEE to help with cultural excursions, live with CIEE students in a UCT residence halls or CIEE’s off-campus apartments, and introduce CIEE students to the UCT campus community.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Residence Halls: At the University of Cape Town, students live in apartment-style residence halls with other African students. Students have small single rooms, and share kitchen and other facilities with two or three students. Residents share basic cleaning duties. Facilities are basic, but provide great opportunities to interact with African students. Residence halls are a five-minute (free) shuttle bus ride from campus.

    Homestays: A limited number of homestay opportunities are available. Living with a South African family allows students to maximize cultural immersion. Families live throughout the Cape Town area, and students take public transportation to and from the Global Institute.

    Shared Apartments: Students share apartments near campus with fellow CIEE Study Abroad program participants and Resident Assistants (RAs). There is a combination of both single and double rooms within the apartments. These are allocated randomly. Students share kitchen and other facilities with five to 10 students. All residents of the apartments share basic cleaning duties. 

  • MEALS

    Homestays: Breakfast and dinner are provided on weekdays. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. Students are responsible for lunch on weekdays.

    UCT Residence Halls and Shared Apartments: Students are responsible for all meals. They can prepare their own meals at their hall or apartment, or eat on or off campus.

    Students in academic- and calendar-year programs have a break between semesters and can remain in their residence hall or CIEE shared apartment. Meals are not included during breaks.

Cape Town, South Africa

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

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    Getting Around

    Students take a free university shuttle to get from their housing to campus.

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What you need to know

The program details

Established in 1998, this program allows students to continue their studies while they explore contemporary South African society. Courses may be taken in all University of Cape Town faculties excluding health sciences and law. Areas of study include Afrikaans, economics, political studies, and environmental and geographical sciences.

Students participate in cultural components, and are strongly encouraged to participate in community service.

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.

UCT courses are taught by faculty from the University of Cape Town. The CIEE Intercultural Communications and Leadership course is taught by the CIEE Student Life Director.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students take CIEE classes only with CIEE students. University classes include UCT undergraduates. Teaching methods at the university include a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and, in the sciences, laboratory classes. Class sizes at UCT range from 100 to 300, and the format includes lectures and tutorials (sections) of 20 to 40 students. Many lecturers provide course readers, with all reference materials needed for class.

  • GRADING

    UCT courses all include continuous assessment, but 50 to 75% of the final grade is based upon the final exam conducted by external examiners. Grades are based upon a scale of 100, and converted to the U.S. system. A First Class Pass is marks of 75% and above. Few achieve this. Upper second: 70 to 74%. Lower second: 60 to 69%. Most students achieve this mark. Third: 50 to 59%. Fail: below 50%.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Students find that UCT requires greater responsibility and initiative in a less structured environment than they are accustomed to. It is important to be motivated, self-sufficient, and deeply interested in the subject matter. CIEE follows the university calendar with additional time for orientation. The South African academic year runs from early February through late November with two semesters. Many UCT courses are year-long; running from the U.S. spring through fall semester. Students in academic- and calendar-year programs have a break between semesters.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    College-level coursework in African studies is recommended.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter credits
  • Total credit, academic year: 30-36 semester/45-52 quarter credits

CIEE students take three to four courses, following these guidelines.

  • Students need the equivalent of 15 - 18 U.S. credits per semester
  • At least 1 course must have specific African content, or offer an African perspective. Courses  may be taken in all University of Cape Town faculties except Health Sciences and Law
  • The CIEE Intercultural Communications and Leadership course or CIEE  Independent Research are both options

Converting UCT course credits to U.S. semester credits:

University of Cape Town follows the South African Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HEQF) credit system. 1 HEQF credit represents approximately 10 notional hours (total hours of class instruction and student work combined). To meet CIEE requirements, students must take 70-82 HEQF credits, for 15 – 18 U.S. credits, and enroll in three to four classes to achieve this credit load. 

1 HEQF credit = 0.222 US semester / 0.333 quarter credits. Credits for classes most commonly range from 2.5 - 6.5 U.S. credits. See chart below.

Course contact hours are listed on the CIEE Academic Record as notional hours, not contact hours.

UCT/HEQF credits to CIEE U.S. semester equivalents:

12 HEQF |  2.5 U.S.
18 HEQF  | 4.0 U.S.
24 HEQF |  5.5 U.S.
30 HEQF |  6.5 U.S.
36 HEQF |  8.0 U.S.

Fall 2018 Courses

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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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN DEPARTMENTS

A list of University of Cape Town courses is available on the UCT website at www.uct.ac.za. Not all courses within UCT faculties or departments are appropriate for program participants, and many have prerequisites. Students are advised that due to possible changes in the courses offered each term, they should be flexible in course selection and not necessarily expect to fulfill specific major requirements of their home institution.

Faculty of Commerce
Accounting
Actuarial Science
Economics
Information Systems

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Architecture and Planning

Faculty of Humanities
African Languages and Literature
African Studies
Afrikaans and Netherlandic Studies
Classics
Drama
English Literature
Fine Art
Hebrew and Jewish Studies
History
History of Art
Independent Research
Linguistics
Music
Philosophy
Political Studies
Psychology
Religious Studies
Social Anthropology
Sociology
Theory of Literature

Faculty of Science
Archaeology
Astronomy
Botany
Chemistry
Computer Science
Environmental and Geographical Science
Geological Sciences
Mathematics
Oceanography
Physics
Statistical Sciences
Zoology

Spring 2018 Courses

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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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

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Scholarships & Grants

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Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance with no hidden charges.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to South African culture, your academic program, the city, and practical information about living in Cape Town
  • Full-time program leadership and support in Cape Town
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of their international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

No Hidden Fees

Program

Spring 2018 20 weeks Calendar year 2018 42 weeks Academic year 2017-2018 46 weeks Fall 2018 19 weeks

Application Due

Apr 1, 2018

Start Date

Feb 1, 2018 Feb 1, 2018 Aug 1, 2017 Jul 12, 2018

End Date

Jun 16, 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Jun 16, 2018 Nov 17, 2018

Fees & Housing

$18,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,674 **

Housing = $4,565 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $144

Total Fees = $18,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,650

International Airfare = $1,100 ††

Local Transportation = $350

Books & Supplies = $250

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,000

Total Estimated Costs = $5,850

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

for dormitory and off-campus houses or apartments; homestay students only need to budget for lunches during the week, estimated at $600 per semester

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

$37,700
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $27,959 **

Housing = $9,130 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $144

Total Fees = $37,700

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,300

International Airfare = $1,100 ††

Local Transportation = $700

Books & Supplies = $500

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $4,000

Expenses during break = $750 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $10,850

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

for dormitory and off-campus houses or apartments; homestay students only need to budget for lunches during the week, estimated at $600 per semester

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††† calendar year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

$35,800
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $26,059 **

Housing = $9,130 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $144

Total Fees = $35,800

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,300

International Airfare = $1,100 ††

Local Transportation = $700

Books & Supplies = $500

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $4,000

Expenses during break = $3,000 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $13,100

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

for dormitory and off-campus houses or apartments; homestay students only need to budget for lunches during the week, estimated at $600 per semester

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

$18,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,674 **

Housing = $4,565 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $144

Total Fees = $18,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,650

International Airfare = $1,100 ††

Local Transportation = $350

Books & Supplies = $250

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,000

Total Estimated Costs = $5,850

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

for dormitory and off-campus houses or apartments; homestay students only need to budget for lunches during the week, estimated at $600 per semester

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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