Cape Town, South Africa

Summer in Cape Town

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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

  • official languages

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites


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.


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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    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. 


    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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    Getting Around

    Students walk or use public transportation.





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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.



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

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

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

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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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.


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Course Information

  • 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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Open Campus Network and that are offered at multiple CIEE Centers.


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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
  • 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.

What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
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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    Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

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    Send us an email if you still have questions or need information about applying to this program.