Cape Town, South Africa

Open Campus Block

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Information for term Open Campus Block

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2022
  • Dates: Aug 15 – Sep 24, 2022 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 7 per block semester hours / 9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2022
  • Dates: Sep 26 – Nov 5, 2022 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 7 per block semester hours / 9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2022
  • Dates: Nov 7 – Dec 17, 2022 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 7 per block semester hours / 9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Dates: Jan 3 – Feb 12, 2022 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 7 per block semester hours / 9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2021
  • Dates: Feb 14 – Mar 26, 2022 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 7 per block semester hours / 9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2021
  • Dates: Mar 28 – May 7, 2022 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 7 per block semester hours / 9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2022
  • Dates: Aug 15 – Nov 5, 2022 (12 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 7 per block semester hours / 9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2022
  • Dates: Sep 26 – Dec 17, 2022 (12 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 7 per block semester hours / 9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2022
  • Dates: Aug 15 – Dec 17, 2022 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 7 per block semester hours / 9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Dates: Jan 3 – Mar 26, 2022 (12 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 7 per block semester hours / 9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2021
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2021
  • Dates: Feb 14 – May 7, 2022 (12 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 7 per block semester hours / 9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2021
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days
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Dates: Jan 3 – May 7, 2022 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 7 per block semester hours / 9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Now an international tourist destination, Cape Town is a gracious host, leaving visitors a lifetime of memories. Discover the Mother City’s many jewels by customizing your study abroad term on the Open Campus Block Program. Take one, two, or three six-week blocks, select your courses from a wide range of subject areas. In Cape Town you’ll immerse yourself in the vibrant student community of the University of Cape Town, located in the Rondebosch district, a quaint residential district with easy access to restaurants, cafés and shops.

Stay in Cape Town the entire time or spend other blocks at our Open Campus Block locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Dublin, Kyoto, London, Madrid, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, and Yucatan.

  • CREATE THE ULTIMATE PROGRAM

    with one, two, or three six-week blocks.

  • STAY IN CAPE TOWN, OR

    add blocks in other Open Campus Block locations.

  • EXPLORE MORE OF AFRICA

    with an eye-opening excursions.

  • official languages

    11
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    2
  • curves of breathtaking Chapman’s Peak Drive

    114

Location & Culture

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With a glorious climate and natural draws like Table Mountain and stunning beaches, it’s no wonder 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 heritage.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

Ample activities and day trips will be offered to immerse you in South Africa’s culture and historical heritage.

Visit the iconic Robben Island or soak up some of South Africa’s natural beauty on Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula or nearby Clifton Beach. Engage with local community organizations by tutoring, mentoring, or volunteering your time – students say it’s a program highlight.  

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights.

ACADEMIC PROJECTS

Enrich your experience with one of these optional academic projects:

  • Directed research. Design and complete research that answers a question you’re curious about.
  • Service-learning. Combine course-based learning with practical experience that allows you to interact with Cape Town communities. 

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Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestay
    Living with a South African family is the best way to maximize cultural immersion. Families live throughout the Cape Town area, and students take public transportation or Uber to and from the CIEE Center.

    Shared apartment
    Students share apartments 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 three to six students. All residents of the apartments share basic cleaning duties.

  • MEALS

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

    Shared apartment
    Students are responsible for all meals. They can prepare their own meals at their apartment, or eat at the many restaurants in the vicinity.. 

Cape Town, South Africa

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Cape Town

     

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    Getting Around

    Students walk or use Uber.

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    Cape Town Stadium

    Sports and concert venue

What People are Saying

Academics

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Academics

Students enroll in one, two, or three six-week blocks, taking two courses during each block. This program gives students the flexibility to stay in Cape Town the entire time or spend other blocks at our Open Campus Block locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Dublin, Kyoto, London, Madrid, Monteverde, Paris,  Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, Sydney, and Yucatán.

Students may select one of seven academic tracks: Art and Architecture; Business; Communications, Journalism, and New Media; Global and Community Health; International Relations and Political Science; Language, Literature, and Culture; or STEM and Society. 

Classes are held at CIEE Cape Town. The center includes classrooms, a lounge, Wi-Fi, and experienced staff that supports day-to-day life in Cape Town.

Our strong relationships with Cape Town’s most-respected universities and research institutions allows us to offer top-quality courses, taught by local faculty. A core group of CIEE faculty members serve as professors and coordinate academic projects, working with CIEE resident staff to arrange guest lectures, excursions, field trips, co-curricular activities, and more.

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

Students are required to enroll in two courses each block. Students attending the program for all three blocks in a semester may select one block in which to enroll in only one course.

Program Credit

  • One block: 6-7 U.S semester/9-10.5 quarter credits
  • Two blocks: 12-14 U.S. semester/18-27 quarter credits
  • Three blocks: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: typically, 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
    • language courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 60 contact hours
    • lab courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 contact hours
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 research hours
  • CIEE Service-Learning Project: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 90 service 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

Each course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. 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. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Cape Town when classes are in session and plan trips for the long weekends in between blocks.

Class Format

Courses taught at the CIEE: Cape Town are typically for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two or three times per week, and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas. Some courses may be facilitated as a Hybrid course by an instructor from a location that is separate from your own. In a Hybrid course, you will learn either face-to-face or online, depending on your location.

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.

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

Course Notes
  • Courses are listed below by block and track; course list subject to change. Courses are in English unless otherwise noted. “GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple CIEE locations.
  • Use the Course Comparison Tools to compare classes offered across all Open Campus programs for each block:
  • Mobile students studying for three blocks who wish to complete a lab course will be required to opt out of one course to remain within the program credit range.
  • Many CIEE courses are available in multiple CIEE locations. To help ensure you are able to enroll in the courses you need, some courses may be facilitated as a Hybrid course by an instructor from a location that is separate from your own. In a Hybrid course, you will learn either face-to-face or online, depending on your location. However, regardless of your location, you will apply what you learn from the instructor and course materials in your location. Hybrid courses can be identified in the course list as those whose course codes end in “CIEE” – open the syllabus to see the instruction location, if known.
  Academic Projects
  • Each Academic Project (Service-Learning and Directed Independent Research) placement will be designed based on the student’s project learning goals, qualifications, resume, and availability of placements. The process is highly individualized and goal oriented. Students enrolled in an Academic Project will receive additional academic support that informs and enhances the placement experience.
  • Students applying for an Academic Project are required to submit additional materials during the course selection process.
  Language Classes
  • No credit-bearing Afrikaans or isiXhosa language courses are available.
  • Students may add a non-credit “Survival isiXhosa” or “Survival Afrikaans” course to their course load during the on-site orientation.

Spring 2022 CIEE Courses

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Spring Block I

Art and Architecture Track

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Language
Semester Credit

Business Track

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Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

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Language
Semester Credit

Global and Community Health Track

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Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

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Semester Credit
 
Course
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Semester Credit
Spring Block II

Art and Architecture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Global and Community Health Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit
 
Course
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Semester Credit
Spring Block III

Business Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Global and Community Health Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

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Semester Credit
 
Course
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Semester Credit

Spring 2020 CIEE Courses

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Spring Block I

Business Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit
 
Course
Language
Semester Credit
Spring Block II

Business Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Global and Community Health Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit
 
Course
Language
Semester Credit
Spring Block III

Business Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit
 
Course
Language
Semester Credit

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.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers 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
  • McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • 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 & 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.

In blocks I and II, courses and formal activities end on the last Thursday of the block, and in block III, on the last Friday. Students are free to use the time between blocks as they choose, either remaining in their location or using the time for their own travel pursuits. Students changing locations must check into their new Open Campus Block Network center by the first Monday of the block for local orientation, with classes starting on the first Wednesday of each block. In all cases, students are provided with continuous accommodation, and should speak with CIEE staff for more details.

 

 

Program

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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Spring Block I 2022 6 weeks Oct 1, 2021 Jan 3, 2022 Feb 12, 2022
Spring Blocks I, II 2022 12 weeks Oct 1, 2021 Jan 3, 2022 Mar 26, 2022
Spring Blocks I, II, III 2022 18 weeks Oct 1, 2021 Jan 3, 2022 May 7, 2022
Spring Block II 2022 6 weeks Nov 1, 2021 Feb 14, 2022 Mar 26, 2022
Spring Blocks II, III 2022 12 weeks Nov 1, 2021 Feb 14, 2022 May 7, 2022
Spring Block III 2022 6 weeks Nov 1, 2021 Mar 28, 2022 May 7, 2022
Fall Block I 2022 6 weeks May 1, 2022 Aug 15, 2022 Sep 24, 2022
Fall Blocks I, II 2022 12 weeks May 1, 2022 Aug 15, 2022 Nov 5, 2022
Fall Blocks I, II, III 2022 18 weeks May 1, 2022 Aug 15, 2022 Dec 17, 2022
Fall Block II 2022 6 weeks May 1, 2022 Sep 26, 2022 Nov 5, 2022
Fall Blocks II, III 2022 12 weeks May 1, 2022 Sep 26, 2022 Dec 17, 2022
Fall Block III 2022 6 weeks May 1, 2022 Nov 7, 2022 Dec 17, 2022

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, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Tuition
Housing
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

Our Staff

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    START AN APPLICATION
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    CONNECT WITH YOUR CAMPUS STUDY ABROAD OFFICE 
    Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

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    Contact Us

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