Cape Town, South Africa

January in Cape Town

From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS
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Information for term January in Cape Town

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 2 – 23, 2019
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Come to Cape Town and witness the changes taking place in this vibrant country. Our CIEE course - From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS - offers an in-depth understanding of the complexity of a country in transition. Discover firsthand South Africa’s First World infrastructure and Third World development challenges, and join our culturally diverse community. January is the perfect time of year to stroll South Africa’s beautiful beaches and take hikes on the ever-present Table Mountain. During your three week term, you’ll enjoy a balance of in-class and extra-curricular activities.

  • Study in South Africa

    a dynamic developing country

  • Experience the beauty

    of the summer season in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Gain insight

    into the historical and political transition from Apartheid (segregation) to a democratic South African society.

  • Capitals in South Africa

  • First democratically elected president of South Africa: Nelson Mandela

  • Official Languages in South Africa


Location & Culture

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The beautiful coastal city of Cape Town, with its glorious beaches and mountains, is called many names: the Mother City; the Cape of Good Hope; the Cape of Storm; and the Gateway to Africa. Cape Town is two worlds in one. From wealthy developments with great shopping centers to vibrant townships, there’s never a shortage of things to do and experience in Cape Town – especially for those on a student budget. 

Excursions & Activities

Excursions & Activities

  • Robben Island Museum
  • District Six Museum
  • Table Mountain
  • Township visit
  • Walking tour of Cape Town
  • Visiting the District Six Museum
  • Township tour of Langa and Gugulethu
  • Visiting the South African Museum
  • Visiting the Slave Lodge
  • Volunteering in a Township

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Apartments: Students will live in CIEE apartment-style housing in the area of Rodenbosch. This is at the foot of Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain. Shared apartments with double rooms include 24/7 security, cable TV, a communal lounge, and laundry facility. The apartments are close to restaurants and shops and are conveniently located in the same building as the CIEE Global Institute.

  • Meals

    Meals are not included. Students prepare meals in their apartments.

Cape Town, South Africa

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Global Institute


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    Getting Around

    Students walk or use public transportation.

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What you need to know

The program details

In this program, students take the required course, From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS, which looks at the historical, political, and economic transitions of South Africa from a divided country to a more inclusive democratic country. The program begins with a two-day orientation covering culture, academic requirements, student life, and health and safety. Classes are Monday-Friday, from 9 am to 1 pm. Options available for volunteering, attending excursions, and participating in activities.


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    Classes are Monday-Friday, 9 am to 1 pm, and held at the CIEE Global Institute.

  • Grading

    Students receive numerical grades which are converted to the U.S. letter grades. Assessment is continuous and is based on overall performance, including class participation, homework assignments, papers, presentations, projects and exams.

  • Academic Culture

    The educational system requires a high degree of self-motivation, self-discipline and a proactive approach to study. Independent learning and active participation in class are necessary to achieve satisfactory academic performance. As an intensive, accelerated program, attendance at all class meetings is essential.


  • Overall GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • Program Credit




Program Credit

Total credit, semester: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

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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This course offer students an overview of key events, people, and processes in South Africa’s social and political transformation, from the late-nineteenth century to the present. Topics include the following: industrialization and the British colonial period; Afrikaner nationalism and apartheid; African nationalism and anti-apartheid resistance; urban segregation; the political miracle of the 1990s; and the challenges of HIV/ AIDS and economic inequality. Excursions to Robben Island Museum and the District Six Museum enhance classroom learning. By the end of the course, students will have a strong grounding in South African history and contexts.


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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:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

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. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals for students living in homestays
  • 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, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city.
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

January 2019 Jan 2, 2019 Jan 23, 2019
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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 = $1,570 **

Housing = $1,433 ***

Insurance = $47

Total Fees = $3,350

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $70

Books & Supplies = $25

Personal expenses = $700

Total Estimated Costs = $1,945

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

*** includes all meals

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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