Cape Town, South Africa

January in Cape Town

Study South African History, 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 3 – 23, 2022
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Earn credits in Cape Town this January and witness the incredible changes taking place in this vibrant country. January in Cape Town features the course, From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS. The course is taught in English at CIEE Cape Town and complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding

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The Takeaways

  • STUDY IN SOUTH AFRICA

  • 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

    3
  • FIRST DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA: NELSON MANDELA

    1994
  • OFFICIAL LANGUAGES IN SOUTH AFRICA

    11

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 Storms; 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. 

Cape Town’s Mediterranean climate means that January brings warm, sunny days and average daily high temperatures are level around 76°F.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Cape Town.

Excursions & Activities

Excursions & Activities

Past excursions and activities have included:

  • 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
  • Community engagement in underserved communities

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Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Apartments: Students will live in apartment-style housing close to the CIEE Center. Located in Rosebank / Rondebosch, you will live at the foot of Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain. Shared apartments with double rooms include 24/7 security, WiFi, a communal lounge, and laundry facility. The apartments are close to restaurants and shops and are conveniently located within 20 minutes of the city and the seashore. 

  • Meals

    Meals are not included. Students prepare meals in their apartments, or make use of the many restaurants and takeaway options nearby.

  • Transportation

    Students usually make use of Uber or ride-share services rather than unreliable, infrequent public transport.  Costs are approximately USD $0.60 per kilometer, which makes this an affordable option for many.

Academics

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Academics

January in Cape Town invites students to study “From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS”. Student study the historical, political, and economic transitions of South Africa, from a divided country to a more inclusive democracy.

CIEE Cape Town is located in the Rondebosch district, near the University of Cape Town campus.

GPA

2.5

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

1 CIEE course

Program Credit

Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

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. Independent learning and active participation in class are necessary to achieve satisfactory academic performance.

Class Format

Courses taught at CIEE Cape Town are for CIEE students only. Courses are taught Monday – Friday, with some activities taking place on weekends. 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.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

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Course Information

          

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

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.

What's Included

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What's Included

Tuition
Housing
Some Meals
For students living in homestays
Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Orientation
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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