Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town Summer Community Development and Social Justice: Theory + Practice

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Information for term Cape Town Summer Community Development and Social Justice: Theory + Practice

Application deadline, and cost information.

Extended Deadline

April 15, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 15, 2020
  • Dates: Jun 1 – Jul 28, 2020 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 semester hours / 9 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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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.  

Unique Experiences

  • 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.

  • Connect Locally

    Enjoy a braai (barbeque) with locals in the township community of Langa, and sample Cape Malay cuisine in the Bo-Kaap.

  • official languages

  • universities

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites


Location & Culture

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The Culture


  • 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.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    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. 

  • Meals

    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

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    Cape Town

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

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.


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  • Class Format

    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.

  • Grading

    The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded based on participation, reflection papers, a presentation, and a final exam.

  • Academic Culture

    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.


  • Overall GPA

    Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • Program Requirements

    Students should have prior experience in community service or volunteer work.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • 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

Language of Instruction

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

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
  • MSI 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 & Fees

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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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two-day orientation – an introduction to South African culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2020 8 weeks Apr 15, 2020 Jun 1, 2020 Jul 28, 2020
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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 = $6,358 **

Housing = $1,425

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $8,250

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 = $800

International Airfare = $1,450

Local Transportation = $350

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $1,000

Total Estimated Costs = $3,650

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global 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

Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of 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.

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