Cape Town, South Africa

Global Sustainability + Environment

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 12 – Nov 10, 2018 (17 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 15, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 31 – Jun 1, 2019 (17 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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As a microcosm of the challenges facing African cities, Cape Town is an ideal place to explore urban systems, community, and sustainability. Delve into case studies with collaborative work that illuminates complex issues in compelling ways. Add a stunning natural setting, a complicated social history, and links to Cape Town communities, and you have an international experience like no other. 

Unique Experiences

  • Stay at an EcoVillage

    to learn strategies for improving food security, water quality, sanitation, and energy resources, and boosting community development.

  • Learn about sustainable design

    beyond the classroom by visiting relevant sites and meeting experts immersed in Cape Town projects.

  • Experience

    South African family life with a three-day homestay.

  • official languages

    11
  • colleges and universities

    28
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    2

Location & Culture

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With a glorious climate and natural wonders 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.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Explore iconic sites like the Cape Peninsula, Table Mountain, and cultural hubs within key neighborhoods in the City.
  • Experience sustainable initiatives like an EcoVillage, the iShack solar energy project in Enkanini, and a biomimetic bioremediation project in urban and ex-urban settings.
  • Visit vineyards with unique approaches to environmental sustainability and socially-just practices.
  • Take advantage of open lectures and design-critique sessions conducted by professors, visiting lecturers, and other teaching staff.

PROJECTS

Sustainable communities workshop. At the Sustainability Institute at Lynedoch EcoVillage, learn about food security, water, waste and sanitation, energy, and community development, and serve a variety of projects. This international center focuses on ecology, community and spirit, and offers graduate degrees with the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Shared Apartments: Students share apartments above the Global Institute with other CIEE 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. 

    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.

  • MEALS

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

    Shared Apartments: Students are responsible for all meals. They can prepare their own meals at their apartment, or eat at the many restaurants on the Global Institute block. 

Cape Town, South Africa

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Global Institute – Cape Town

    Cape Town

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    Getting Around

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

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What you need to know

The program details

This program is designed to help students explore the components that comprise sustainable, livable cities.

Students register as third-party students at University of Cape Town (UCT), and have access to the university’s facilities. Their academic home is UCT’s African Centre for Cities, where they study critical urban issues, conduct interdisciplinary research, and tap into the university’s network of international funders and think-tanks. Working in small groups or one-on-one, students analyze challenges, develop solutions, and present a final proposal.

Students work with professors and use facilities at UCT’s School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, and the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch.

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 campus includes a range of commercial, medical, recreational, and sporting facilities.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students take classes only with CIEE students. Class work includes lectures, discussion, group work, and presentations.

  • GRADING

    The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on the basis of attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and mid-term and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Students are expected to attend all classes, complete projects, and participate in group discussions. Presentations and group reviews of student work are mandatory and invaluable opportunities for learning. Students are expected to document and submit the entire semester’s work for review.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    At least one college-level science or social science course with lab is recommended.

  • PROGRAM CREDIT

    Total credit, semester: 15 semester/22.5 quarter credits

Curriculum

Students take the following courses:

  • Global Sustainability Seminar
  • Local Sustainability Project
  • Global Sustainability Workshop
  • 1 CIEE elective

Spring 2019 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 COURSES

  • ENVI 3001 GSEC: Global Sustainability Seminar
  • ENVI 3002 GSEC: Local Sustainability Project

GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOPS

  • ENVS 3001 GSEC: Global Sustainability Workshop - Science & Engineering
  • ENVI 3003 GSEC: Global Sustainability Workshop - Environmental Studies

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

  • XHSA 1001 CTSA: Beginner's isiXhosa

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 COURSES

GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOPS

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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.

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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
  • A three-day orientation – an introduction to South African culture, your academic program, and 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 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

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 17 weeks Jul 12, 2018 Nov 10, 2018
$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 = $200

Total Estimated Costs = $4,050

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

Spring 2019 17 weeks Oct 15, 2018 Jan 31, 2019* Jun 1, 2019*
$19,450
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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 = $14,274 **

Housing = $4,565 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $144

Total Fees = $19,450

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

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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