Cape Town, South Africa

Summer in Cape Town

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Information for term Summer in Cape Town

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: May 18 – Jun 15, 2020 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per Session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per Session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jun 15 – Jul 13, 2020 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per Session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per Session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jul 13 – Aug 9, 2020 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per Session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per Session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: May 18 – Jul 13, 2020 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per Session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per Session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jun 15 – Aug 9, 2020 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per Session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per Session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: May 18 – Aug 9, 2020 (12 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per Session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per Session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Earn credits in Cape Town this summer exploring South African literature and film; the history of protests and social movements; and the historical, political, and economic transitions of South Africa. Even learn to speak Afrikaans or isiXhosa! Courses are taught at the CIEE Global Institute – Cape Town, in English, and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

  • Live and share

    meals with South African locals in the culturally rich communities of Cape Town.

  • Make a difference

    in your host community by taking part in community engagement activities in townships impacted by South Africa’s dynamic past.

  • Focus on one course

    in a four-week session with integrated and optional opportunities to explore relevant socio-economic issues.

  • curves of breathtaking Chapman's Peak Drive

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  • official languages

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  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Location & Culture

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Cape Town is Africa’s most popular destination for many reasons, starting with its glorious climate and natural attractions – from Table Mountain to stunning beaches. Situated on the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is a vibrant multicultural city with a rich selection of day and night activities. Water sports, mountaineering, nightclubs, and restaurants are readily available. The city is also a microcosm of the challenges facing many African countries in transition – how to successfully operate within a global economy while grappling with the vast socioeconomic inequalities that are the legacy of the colonial and apartheid past.

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

The study abroad program in South Africa is supplemented with excursions to various points of interest around Cape Town and the Western Cape Province. Excursions may include visits to local theater, music, and dance productions, museum tours, rugby matches, local festivals, the Cape Peninsula, and communities within the greater Cape Town metropole. Learn to cook traditional foods from Cape Malay, Xhosa, and Afrikaans peoples in a Food Jam, and try your hand at traditional dances from South African ethnic groups like Zulu, Ndebele, and Shangaan. 

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Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Shared Apartments:  Students share apartments with fellow CIEE study abroad program participants, resident assistants, and local students at University of Cape Town. A combination of both single and double rooms within the apartments are available. Students share kitchen and other facilities with five to 10 students. All residents of the apartments share basic cleaning duties in exchange for experiencing independent student living. 

  • MEALS

    Off-campus house or apartment: Students are responsible for meals. They can prepare their own meals in their residence or eat at the many nearby restaurants. 

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

Students choose one, two, or three 4-week sessions, and explore the role this fascinating country’s history continues to have on society today. Students can also enroll in an optional Communicative Afrikaans and/or isiXhosa course, making it easier to connect with the people of Cape Town and learn about their way of life. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offerings.

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

Academics

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Academics

  • Class Format

    Classes taught at the CIEE Global Institute are for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and attendance is strictly enforced for both classes and required co-curricular excursions. The class typically features a combination of traditional lecture, discussion, and co-curricular activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.

  • GRADING

    The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations.

  • Academic Cutlure

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

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5

Curriculum

Program Credit
Total credit: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits per session 

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours per session 
  • CIEE Communicative Language course: 1 U.S. semester/1.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours

Language of Instruction
English

Requirements
All students must enroll in one 3-credit CIEE course per session

Course Notes

  • Students studying in Cape Town for multiple sessions may only take Communicative Afrikaans and Communicative isiXhosa once.
  • “(GI)” denotes courses that originated at CIEE’s Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Centers.

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.

Summer 2020 Courses

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Summer 2020 syllabi will be available by early September.

Session I

  • AFKS 0001 CTSA: Communicative Afrikaans Language
  • HIST 3101 CTSA: From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS

Session II

  • BUSI 3101 CTSA: Doing Business in Emerging Markets
  • XHSA 0001 CTSU: Communicative isiXhosa Language

Session III

  • AFKS 0001 CTSA: Communicative Afrikaans Language
  • LITT 3101 CTSA: South African Literature and Film
  • POLI 3101 CTSA: "A Season of Protest" in South Africa and the US

Scholarships

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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:

  • 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 & 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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Chinese 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
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

Program

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Fees & Housing

Summer Session I 2020 4 weeks Apr 1, 2020 May 18, 2020 Jun 15, 2020
$4,150
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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 = $2,543 **

Housing = $1,140

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $4,150

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 = $400

International Airfare = $1,450

Local Transportation = $350

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $500

Total Estimated Costs = $2,750

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global 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

Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Summer Session I and II 2020 8 weeks Apr 1, 2020 May 18, 2020 Jul 13, 2020
$7,470
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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 = $4,723 **

Housing = $2,280

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $7,470

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 = $800

International Airfare = $1,450

Local Transportation = $700

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $1,000

Total Estimated Costs = $4,050

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global 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

Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Summer Sessions I, II and III 2020 12 weeks Apr 1, 2020 May 18, 2020 Aug 9, 2020
$10,790
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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 = $6,903 **

Housing = $3,420

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $10,790

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 = $1,200

International Airfare = $1,450

Local Transportation = $1,050

Books & Supplies = $150

Personal expenses = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $5,350

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global 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

Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Summer Session II 2020 4 weeks Apr 1, 2020 Jun 15, 2020 Jul 13, 2020
$4,150
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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 = $2,543 **

Housing = $1,140

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $4,150

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 = $400

International Airfare = $1,450

Local Transportation = $350

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $500

Total Estimated Costs = $2,750

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global 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

Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Summer Session II and III 2020 8 weeks Apr 1, 2020 Jun 15, 2020 Aug 9, 2020
$7,470
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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 = $4,723 **

Housing = $2,280

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $7,470

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 = $800

International Airfare = $1,450

Local Transportation = $700

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $1,000

Total Estimated Costs = $4,050

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global 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

Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Summer Session III 2020 4 weeks Apr 1, 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Aug 9, 2020
$4,150
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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 = $2,543 **

Housing = $1,140

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $4,150

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 = $400

International Airfare = $1,450

Local Transportation = $350

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $500

Total Estimated Costs = $2,750

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global 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

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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