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Grab this chance to put learning into action and make an impact in Cape Town. Ramp up with theoretical work, then dig into hands-on projects where you’ll experience post-Apartheid life in various Cape Town communities. It’s a transformative summer experience that will leave you with a firm grip on the economic, political, and social picture in South Africa, and the challenges ahead for this evolving, international city.
Make a difference
with a series of small-scale projects and a two-week endeavor to boost Cape Flat community schools, orphanages, and NGOs.
Begin to learn
Afrikaans and IsiXhosa languages.
Enjoy a braai (barbeque) with locals in the township community of Langa, and sample Cape Malay cuisine in the Bo-Kaap.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites2
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EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
- Explore iconic areas like Cape Peninsula and the Cape Flats.
- Catch a rugby or soccer match, theater, music, or dance productions, and local festivals.
- Get new perspective on social challenges here as you help revitalize a community in deep poverty with iKhaya le Langa (House of the Sun), or do similar work at another NGO, school, or orphanage.
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Students live in shared apartments that vary in size between 2 and 8 people per flat. There are combinations of double and single rooms. The apartments are centrally located to grocery stores, fast food restaurants and banks and the Global Institute. The building is equipped with security systems, Wi-Fi, laundry, common rooms with TVs, and kitchen facilities.
Students are responsible for meals. They can prepare meals at their house, or eat at local cafes and restaurants.
Cape Town, South Africa
Where You'll Study
CIEE CAPE TOWN
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In this 8-week program, all students take the required courses: Poverty and Development Cape Town Case Study and Community and Partnership: Theory and Engagement. The program begins with theoretical work that provides a foundation for projects and an understanding of the challenges of daily life in Cape Town. Then, students put theory into practice with community projects. Students come away with a strong grasp of South African history, politics, educational challenges, values, and traditions. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offerings.
Courses are taught by CIEE faculty.
CIEE Global Institute – Cape Town is located in the Rondebosch district, near the University of Cape Town campus.
There are no specific language requirements for this program.
Students should have prior experience in community service or volunteer work.
Students take the two required courses:
- AFST 3003 CTSU / DEVE 3001 CTSU: Poverty and Development Cape Town Case Study
- CMBL 3001 CTSU: Community and Partnership: Theory and Engagemen
Total credit: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits
- CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
- Community and Partnership: 3 U.S. semester credits/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours; 90 service hours
CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. Each course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding given that a significant amount of time will be spent at students’ service site. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Cape Town when classes are in session.
Classes taught at the CIEE Global Institute are for CIEE students only. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation.
The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded based on participation, reflection papers, a presentation, and a final exam.
Language of Instruction
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Summer 2021 course offerings and syllabi will available early fall.
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.
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Scholarships & Grants
CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.
Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
- Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
- Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
- 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.See more scholarship info
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Dates & Fees
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.
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