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Program Overview

Program Overview

Be an active participant in the culture of Cape Town during CIEE’s Arts and Sciences program. You’ll get involved with the local community in so many ways – from community service to visits to local theater, museums, and historical sites – and take rigorous courses at the University of Cape Town. Don’t miss this chance to have an adventure to remember, while gaining a comprehensive understanding of social relations in South Africa.

Study abroad in Cape Town and you'll:

  • Choose from a range of course offerings at the University of Cape Town in commerce, engineering, humanities, and science
  • Immerse yourself in the culture through a township homestay, volunteering, and independent study opportunities
  • Live, interact, and study with African students in a society in transition
  • Visit local theater, music, and dance productions; museums; rural cooperatives; and cricket and rugby matches
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

In addition to independent research options and the CIEE Intercultural Communications and Leadership course, you’ll also have access to a full range of courses through the University of Cape Town. Subjects and departments include: Afrikaans, economics, political studies, and environmental and geographical sciences.

Excursions

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Get out and discover Cape Town for yourself. On this program, you’ll participate in many excursions and activities that will offer a glimpse into the area’s complex history and culture. In the past, students have traveled to the Cape Peninsula, the Cape Flats, Robben Island, and Newlands Grounds to watch cricket or rugby, and have gone on a whale-watching excursion. You’ll also go to local theater, music, and dance productions; explore museums; and visit rural cooperatives.

Cultural Immersion

Joining a club or society on the University of Cape Town campus can help make cultural immersion easier. We cover the cost of your membership in up to three social, sport, or cultural clubs, so grab your tennis racquet or dust off your acting skills and get to know your African peers.

A three-day homestay with a local community will expose you to positive images of previously disadvantaged groups of people in South Africa, including Muslims and “coloureds,” or people of mixed ethnic origin in South Africa.

Community Engagement

Volunteer opportunities abound in the historically disadvantaged communities around Cape Town. Past students have enjoyed tutoring students in English and math at local elementary and high schools, assisting at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, working on AIDS and HIV projects, and mentoring juveniles in conflict with the law. Many students rate their volunteer experiences as one of the highlights of the overall CIEE study abroad program.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card, which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (19 wks)
04/01/2016
07/05/2016
11/12/2016
$18,350

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,223
Housing ***
$4,565
Insurance
$118
Visa Fees
$144

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

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,650
International Airfare **
$1,100
Local Transportation
$350
Books & Supplies
$250
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for dormitory and off-campus houses or apartments; homestay students only need to budget for lunches during the week, estimated at $600 per semester

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2017 (19 wks)
10/15/2016
02/01/2017
06/16/2017
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,674
Housing ***
$4,565
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$144

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

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,650
International Airfare **
$1,100
Local Transportation
$350
Books & Supplies
$250
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for dormitory and off-campus houses or apartments; homestay students only need to budget for lunches during the week, estimated at $600 per semester

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Fall 2017
04/01/2017
TBA
TBA
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,674
Housing ***
$4,565
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$144

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

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,650
International Airfare **
$1,100
Local Transportation
$350
Books & Supplies
$250
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for dormitory and off-campus houses or apartments; homestay students only need to budget for lunches during the week, estimated at $600 per semester

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Calendar year 2017
10/15/2016
02/01/2017
TBA
$36,000

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$26,259
Housing ***
$9,130
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$144

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

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$3,300
International Airfare **
$1,100
Local Transportation
$700
Books & Supplies
$500
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$4,000
Expenses during break ***
$750

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for dormitory and off-campus houses or apartments; homestay students only need to budget for lunches during the week, estimated at $600 per semester

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** calendar year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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Academic year 2016-2017 (49 wks)
04/01/2016
07/05/2016
06/16/2017
$34,900

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$25,208
Housing ***
$9,130
Insurance
$118
Visa Fees
$144

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

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$3,300
International Airfare **
$1,100
Local Transportation
$700
Books & Supplies
$500
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$4,000
Expenses during break ***
$3,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for dormitory and off-campus houses or apartments; homestay students only need to budget for lunches during the week, estimated at $600 per semester

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • College-level coursework in African studies recommended
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total contact hours for each course vary, and U.S. credit equivalent course loads for the semester are 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours and for the academic year are 30-36 semester/45-52 quarter hours. Please see the Program Requirements section for more details on CIEE's credit policies for the University of Cape Town.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The University of Cape Town follows the South African Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HEQF) credit system (may also be noted as the National Qualification Framework (NQF) credit system). Per this system, CIEE requires all study abroad students to take the equivalent of 15-18 credits per semester. Additionally, students are strongly recommended to take three to four courses to achieve this required credit load. At least one of these courses must have specific African content or offer a distinctive African perspective in their area of interest. Courses may be taken in all University of Cape Town faculties except for the Health Science and Law faculties.

Students may take either the CIEE Intercultural Communications and Leadership class or the CIEE Directed Independent Research class as part of the total course load, while ensuring that the total U.S. credit equivalents meet the 15-18 credit requirements for the semester.

The following credit conversion philosophy is used by CIEE for courses administered by University of Cape Town:

In the South African HEQF credit system, 1 HEQF credit represents approximately 10 Notional Hours (i.e. total hours of classroom instruction and student work, combined). In order to meet CIEE total credit load requirements, students normally take between 70 and 82 HEQF credits, and enroll in 3-4 classes. The primary consideration is that the U.S. credit equivalents total 15-18 U.S. credits.

Students who wish to take more than the equivalent of 82 HEQF credits are advised to secure approval from their home school study abroad advisor, since this would mean those students would be receiving more than 18 US semester credits, which may result in additional fees levied by their home institutions or denial of course credit approval by the home school for exceeding credit transfer maximums for one semester. (All students are advised to have their final course registrations approved by their home school advisors, since credit transfer and fee payment policies vary widely from one US institution to another.)

CIEE recommends the following conversions for UCT course credits into U.S. semester credits:

1 HEQF credit = 0.222 US semester / 0.333 quarter credits (rounded to the nearest half credit). Credits for classes most commonly range from 2.5 – 6.5 US credits.

Course contact hours are listed on the CIEE Academic Record as Notional Hours, not classroom contact hours.

Below is a chart with some of the more common HEQF-to-U.S. semester credit conversions:

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About the City

About The City

Cape Town is Africa’s most popular tourist 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.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Quinton Redcliffe

Assistant Study Center Director: Experiential Learning

Quinton hails from Port Elizabeth, which is on the east coast of South Africa. It is also called the ‘Friendly City’. Quinton studied Theology for his undergrad and Conflict and Conflict Management for his Master’s at the University of Port Elizabeth. Quinton’s interest is in Experiential Learning. He facilitates the Community Partnership: Theory and Engagement to our Service-Learning students, and co-facilitates the Intercultural Communication and Leadership Class to our Arts and Sciences students.

Quinton is an avid hiker and can be found wandering in the many beautiful mountains in and around Cape Town when not teaching and mentoring students.

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Cape Town has a reputation for being the most open-minded and relaxed city in South Africa. This impression, however, is disparate: the city looks European, but it is not European; it feels African, but it is not African. It is a mixture of First World and Third World. There are parts of Cape Town that are very affluent and areas that are very bleak and poor (normally the townships) with very few resources. As a direct result of many years of apartheid, Cape Town has a First World infrastructure with Third World development challenges.

Cape Town gives you the opportunity to experience South Africa with its problems and its joys. It gives you a chance to enjoy Cape Town as the gateway to the rest of Africa, and at the same time, provides the opportunity to be part of the rebuilding of a nation that was almost destroyed by apartheid. Come to Cape Town to enjoy the natural beauty and be part of the rebuilding of a new nation that in 2009 celebrated 150 years of democracy.

— Quinton Redcliffe, Center Director

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Michelle Diedericks

Manager: Housing

Michelle joined CIEE in 2008, prior to which she worked for the University of Cape Town. She coordinates the housing for all of our students, including the Faculty and Custom Programs. Michelle’s role is multifaceted and includes the recruitment and training of host families for homestays, dormitory placements, negotiating housing contracts, and overseeing housing assignments. Michelle also manages our Team of housekeeping staff.

Michelle is a wife and mother of three teenage sons, which keeps her busy when not at the Center. In addition to transporting her sons to their many after-school activities, confirmation or friends, she finds herself on the soccer field or cross country tracks supporting her young men.

Michelle enjoys meeting new people and is passionate about helping others, and especially young adults.

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Rubin Isaacs

Front of House

Rubin is affectionately known as our ‘Director of First Impressions’ as he is the first person you will see or speak to if you visit us in Cape Town. Rubin oversees the logistics and well-being of our students and is the voice you hear when calling the Center.

Rubin is an avid explorer who has travelled the world in search of new cultures, architecture and intercultural experiences.

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David Maclean

Center Director

David is a South African with a truly global perspective through his extensive work and travel internationally. David’s experience of higher education and corporate business systems affords him a holistic view of leadership, strategy, corporate governance, higher education, quality assurance and compliance.

David has a Master’s Degree in Creative Media Practice and will complete his Executive MBA in December 2016. David’s research interests include the modernization of higher education, phronesis in leadership, addressing disproportionate influence in organizations and communities, and is committed to the relationship between student experience and shareholder value.

In addition to his business experience, David has held senior academic posts and is an award winning audio mastering engineer with a 20-year contribution to the music industry. When not at the office or studying, David is an avid mountain biker and mountaineer who spends as much time in the Cape Mountains as time allows.

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Paula Mapeka

Director for Finance and Administration (DFA)

Paula is originally from Zimbabwe. She, however, is a US citizen. She studied at Lincoln University of Missouri where she completed her MBA. She worked for the Missouri Public Service Commission for six years. She returned to Southern Africa and worked for Convoy Logistics, Johannesburg as a Financial Manager.

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Dominique Webb

Student Service Director

Dominique is originally from Durban, South Africa. After matriculating from high school, she travelled abroad on a long-term Rotary Exchange program to Norway. She then moved to Cape Town in 2008 to study at the University of Cape Town - after completing a Bachelor’s degree in 2010 and Honors degree in 2011 she went on to graduate in 2014 with a Master’s degree in Political Science. She has been working for CIEE Cape Town since 2012. After work Dominique enjoys cooking and baking and is always up for trying a new recipe or restaurant, for which there is no shortage in Cape Town!

She is passionate about the student experience and intercultural communication. Dominique is a facilitator of the Intercultural Communication and Leadership course offered by CIEE. As Student Services Director she is responsible for managing all aspects of the student experience in Cape Town. This includes, academic support, housing, excursions, the full academic, cultural and social program for the semester, all student concerns, support, counselling and managing the Resident Assistant Team.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

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Established as the South African College in 1829, the University of Cape Town is internationally recognized as one of Africa’s leading research universities. Its campus has sweeping lawns, pathways, trees, ponds, and waterfalls that combine with attractive physical structures and extensive playing fields to create a pleasant study environment. A range of commercial, medical, recreational, and sporting facilities are available on campus, including a swimming pool; gymnasium; weight room; and basketball, tennis, badminton, and squash courts.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Students have several choices:

Homestay with South African Family - This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture and is strongly recommended for students who wish to take full advantage of their study abroad experience in South Africa. Breakfast and dinner are provided during the week. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. Lunches during the week are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Since homestay families are located throughout the Cape Town area, students are required in most cases to utilize public transportation to and from University of Cape Town - a 20- to 30-minute commute.

University of Cape Town Residence Hall - Students live in apartment-style residence halls with South African or other African students. Students have small single rooms and share kitchen and other facilities with two or three students. All of the apartment residents share basic cleaning duties. Students are responsible for their own meals, which are not included in the program fee. Students can prepare their own meals or eat at establishments on or off campus. Please note that amenities are more basic in these residences, but students looking for an immersion study abroad experience will enjoy interacting with South African and other African students. Shuttle buses link residence halls with all University of Cape Town campuses - it's a five-minute ride.

Off-Campus Apartments - Students share off-campus apartments near campus with fellow CIEE Study Abroad program participants and RAs . There are a combination of both single and double rooms within the apartments. These are allocated randomly. Students share kitchen and other facilities with five to 10 students All residents of the apartments share basic cleaning duties. Students are responsible for their own meals, which are not included in the program fee. Students can prepare their own meals or eat at establishments on or off campus.

CIEE Resident Assistants

Resident assistants (RAs) are a dedicated group of UCT students who assist CIEE students during orientation and throughout the semester. Through ongoing interaction with these local students, CIEE participants are able to meet local South African and international students and learn first-hand about student life in Cape Town. These local students, recruited and trained by CIEE, are an important part of the CIEE student experience. RAs assist with cultural excursions and live with CIEE students in the UCT residence halls and off-campus houses and apartments, providing a reliable local peer network and helping CIEE students to integrate into the local student community.

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Orientations

Orientations

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You'll begin your study abroad experience in Cape Town even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The Director of Student Services meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the predeparture orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

When you arrive in Cape Town you will participate in an orientation program. During this mandatory orientation session conducted at the beginning of the program, you'll participate in programs organized by CIEE as well as the University of Cape Town. The goal is to introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Cape Town. You also will be introduced to the academic requirements of the university, and are shown how to make the best use of campus facilities and services. Sessions include lectures on African history, politics, geography, safety, and “survival skills” for visiting students. During orientation, local University of Cape Town students assist the international students. The services provided during orientation are maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You're encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Wireless connections are available in the off- campus houses and residence halls. Internet reliability and access is not always available at the same level as in the United States. Wireless Internet is available for an extra fee, but you should be aware that the cost of wireless Internet in South Africa is typically higher than service in the United States. You'll be able to register your laptop and use it in the computer labs on the University of Cape Town campus as well as have access to email and the Internet on the computers in the labs. The labs can be crowded and often full, but off-campus Internet cafés are inexpensive and easily accessible.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Immersion

Joining a club or society on the University of Cape Town campus can help make cultural immersion easier. We cover the cost of your membership in up to three social, sport, or cultural clubs, so grab your tennis racquet or dust off your acting skills and get to know your African peers.

A three-day homestay with a local family in an Ocean View community will expose you to positive images of previously disadvantaged groups of people in South Africa, including Muslims and “coloreds,” or people of mixed ethnic origin in South Africa.

Community Engagement

Volunteer opportunities abound in the historically disadvantaged communities around Cape Town. Past students have enjoyed tutoring students in English and math at local elementary and high schools, assisting at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, working on AIDS and HIV projects, mentoring juveniles in conflict with the law, and caring for children with mental problems. Many students rate their volunteer experiences as one of the highlights of the overall CIEE study abroad program.

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Academics

Academics

The rich academic program, established in 1998, allows study abroad students to pursue their academic studies while providing first-hand knowledge of contemporary South African society. Students are required to enroll in at least one course with specific African content or one that offers a distinctive African perspective in their area of interest. Courses may be taken in all University of Cape Town faculties excluding health sciences and Law faculties.

Students participate in the cultural program and are strongly encouraged to take part in community service. Students should develop a program that complements the requirements of their home institution and meets their own personal needs.

Academic Culture

CIEE study abroad students are taught alongside University of Cape Town (UCT) undergraduates and are required to take a full program of courses, including all assignments and written examinations. Teaching methods at the university normally involve a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and, in the sciences, laboratory classes.

The system is geared toward the scholar who is motivated, self-sufficient, and deeply interested in the subject matter. Participants may notice striking differences between their home educational system and the UCT system. The university allows students greater responsibility and initiative in a less structured environment. Courses may involve relatively few contact hours each week, since they are intended as a starting point and focus for a great deal of individual study.

Class sizes are very big at UCT and range from 100 to 300 people. UCT has both class lectures and tutorials (sections). The sizes of the tutorials are much smaller, ranging from 20 to 40 students. Students generally do not have to buy books for their classes, as many lecturers provide a course reader. This reader has all the reference materials for the class.

The CIEE Study Center follows the university’s calendar with additional time for orientation at the beginning of the semester. The South African academic year runs from early February through late November with two semesters. Many University of Cape Town courses are year-long courses and run from the U.S. spring through the U.S. fall semester. Students in the academic or calendar year program have a break between semesters and can remain in or move into off-campus housing; however, meals are not included during this time.

Nature of Classes

Participants enroll directly in host university courses and take classes with CIEE, South African, and other international students. The CIEE Intercultural Communications and Leadership course is for CIEE students only.

Grading System

Grading for University of Cape Town courses is by continuous assessment, but anywhere from 50 percent to 75 percent of the final grade is based on the final examination, which is conducted by outside examiners.

Grades are on the basis of 100. A “First” is equivalent to 75 percent and above. Very few students achieve this mark. Students who receive marks that fall between 70 and 74 percent are awarded the grade of “Upper Second.” A good number of students achieve this mark. The next mark is “Lower Second” with a range of 60 percent to 69 percent. The majority of students achieve this mark. Students with 50 percent to 59 percent receive a “Third” (passing grade). Students achieving a mark below 50 percent receive a “Fail.” Grades and credits are converted to the U.S. system according to a standard scale.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from the University of Cape Town. The CIEE Intercultural Communications and Leadership course is taught by the CIEE Assistant Center Director and Student Services Director.

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Course Descriptions

All Courses

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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

CIEE Elective Courses

COMM 3301 CTSA

Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Cape Town as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

INDR 3003 CTSA

Directed Independent Research
CIEE supports qualified students who wish to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project while abroad. To enroll, students must submit a research proposal including a clearly defined research topic, explanation of research plans, description of preparation in the planned area of study, list of resources, tentative outline of a final paper, and suggested schedule of progress. Students complete a total of 135 hours of research and meet regularly with an advisor to complete an academically rigorous, ethically sound, and culturally appropriate research project and final research paper. Approval for participation in Directed Independent Research must be obtained from the resident director and the student’s home institution prior to arrival in the program. Upon receipt of the approved plan, the resident director meets with an appropriate faculty member and, after arrival, meets with the student to work out the details of the project. The resident director also provides a course component on research methods. Students may choose to combine their community service volunteer work with their independent research. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

University of Cape Town Departments

A list of University of Cape Town courses is available on the UCT website at www.uct.ac.za. Not all courses within UCT faculties or departments are appropriate for program participants, and many have prerequisites. Students are advised that due to possible changes in the courses offered each term, they should be flexible in course selection and not necessarily expect to fulfill specific major requirements of their home institution.

Faculty of Commerce
Accounting
Actuarial Science
Economics
Information Systems

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Architecture and Planning

Faculty of Humanities
African Languages and Literature
African Studies
Afrikaans and Netherlandic Studies
Classics
Drama
English Literature
Fine Art
Hebrew and Jewish Studies
History
History of Art
Independent Research
Linguistics
Music
Philosophy
Political Studies
Psychology
Religious Studies
Social Anthropology
Sociology
Theory of Literature

Faculty of Science
Archaeology
Astronomy
Botany
Chemistry
Computer Science
Environmental and Geographical Science
Geological Sciences
Mathematics
Oceanography
Physics
Statistical Sciences
Zoology

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