Cape Town, South Africa

January in Cape Town

Study From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS or Economics of Wine
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Information for term January in Cape Town

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 2 – 22, 2020
  • 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. Whether you select From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS, or Economics of Wine, you’ll get 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.

  • 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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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

In this program, students take one required course: Economics of Wine or From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS.

Students who take Economics of Wine will explore this growing field within agricultural economics but also in other fields such as finance, trade, growth, environmental economics, and industrial organization. The course will dive into the historical labor practices that continue to shape the ways in which this industry functions in post-apartheid South Africa.

Students who take From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS will study 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. Both classes meet Monday-Friday, three-hours per day. Options are available for volunteering, attending excursions, and participating in activities.


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    Courses taught at CIEE Global Institute - Cape Town are for CIEE students only. Courses are taught Monday – Friday. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.

  • Grading

    Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including essays, coursework, and final examinations or papers. Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for study abroad students who have made conflicting travel plans. The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used.

  • Academic Culture

    The program is made up of three weeks of classes with an intensive orientation beforehand. CIEE classes are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. Class attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. 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.


  • Overall GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • Program Credit




Program Credit

3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Contact Hours: 45

All students take one course and must choose between the following:

  • Economics of Wine
  • From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS

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:

  • 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 2020 Nov 1, 2019 Jan 2, 2020 Jan 22, 2020

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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