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Program Overview

Program Overview

Customize your study abroad experience. Our Open Campus program at the CIEE Global Institute - Cape Town offers maximum flexibility to engage and experience Cape Town in your own way. Match the academic experience with your interests, aspirations, and degree requirements: Take one, two, or three six-week blocks for your perfect amount of intensive study and cultural engagement, select your academic track from five options; then choose from a wide range of courses and subject areas.

No matter how you build your program, you’ll surround yourself with South African culture and people throughout the city of Cape Town. Live with other Open Campus students in a shared apartment or with South African hosts, and study in modern classrooms at the Global Institute – Cape Town. Get out and learn more about Cape Town and South Africa during integrated co-curricular and extra-curricular outings and structured study tours.

Students can also opt to combine locations across the CIEE Open Campus locations – in Berlin, Cape Town, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome – to create a truly individualized study abroad experience.

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CREATE YOUR PERFECT STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE

Select courses from five academic tracks:*


Language, Literature, and Culture – Learn basic Afrikaans or isiXhosa, and take illuminating courses in South African dance, art, film or literature.

Business – Students can fulfill degree requirements with coursework in international marketing or business ethics, as well as explore emerging markets, issues of workplace diversity, and innovation cultures.

Communications, Journalism and New Media – South Africa has experienced significant change since 1994 when it had its first democratic elections, and the media has had a powerful influence on the way that society has been shaped and transformed.

Global and Community Health – Learn how South Africa is approaching major health care challenges in a combination of courses and fascinating fieldwork with faculty from renowned institutions and research centers.

International Relations and Political Science – Examine the politics of South Africa in both a historical and a contemporary context.

*You will be prompted to choose an optional track as part of your application; you can also select “Multi-disciplinary.” Regardless of selected track, you can choose your courses from among all offered courses (unless your home university has other requirements). Study Tours are designed to align with track themes.

Enroll in one, two or three 6-week blocks:

The Open Campus Program teaches classes on a unique six-week academic block system that results in courses that are more intensive and immersive than in a traditional semester-length course. Students should be prepared for classes that meet two to three hours per session several times per week for courses that deliver a full semester’s worth of learning and credit in just a six-week period. Students must take two courses per block. Choose one, two, or three academic blocks during either the fall or spring semester. Long weekends between blocks are an ideal time to relax, explore Cape Town, or travel in South Africa and beyond. The block system allows students to customize the duration and locations of their learning abroad experience to fit every schedule and need.

Stay in Cape Town – or combine locations

Stay in Cape Town for the duration of your study abroad – or add on blocks in other CIEE Global Institute campus locations and experience more intercultural learning with CIEE’s unique Global Scholar program.

Global Scholars are students who combine sessions in the Open Campus programs in Berlin, Cape Town, London, Madrid, Paris, or Rome.

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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/

  • 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, 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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

GLOBAL INSTITUTE CAMPUS

The CIEE Global Institute – Cape Town features classrooms, a lounge area, a tech area, and free WiFi. The CIEE Global Institute staff are there to support you in your day-to-day life in Cape Town and to assist you to make your own discoveries further afield.

Study Tours

Each academic block features a two-night, three-day study tour to a different region of South Africa or neighboring country. Tours are designed around the themes of the academic tracks. For example, you might travel to Johannesburg, known affectionately by South Africans as Joburg or Jozi, or Durban, a bustling commercial and manufacturing center connected to the business capitals of the world, and is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa. Study tour destinations and itineraries are subject to change. Study tours are included in your program fee.

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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.

  • 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.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Spring Block I 2018 (6 wks)
09/15/2017
01/08/2018
02/17/2018
$6,850

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, residence permit fees, 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 **
$4,862
Housing ***
$1,521
Insurance
$167

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 *
$900
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$135
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$950

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 students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $360 per Block for meals not included in fees

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

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Spring Blocks I, II 2018 (12 wks)
09/15/2017
01/08/2018
03/31/2018
$12,850

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, residence permit fees, 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 **
$9,341
Housing ***
$3,042
Insurance
$167

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 *
$1,800
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$270
Books & Supplies
$200
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$1,900

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 students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $360 per Block for meals not included in fees

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

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Spring Blocks I, II, III 2018 (18 wks)
09/15/2017
01/08/2018
05/12/2018
$17,850

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, residence permit fees, 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 **
$12,820
Housing ***
$4,563
Insurance
$167

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 *
$2,700
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$405
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$2,850

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 students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $360 per Block for meals not included in fees

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

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Spring Block II 2018 (6 wks)
09/15/2017
02/19/2018
03/31/2018
$6,850

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, residence permit fees, 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 **
$4,862
Housing ***
$1,521
Insurance
$167

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 *
$900
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$135
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$950

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 students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $360 per Block for meals not included in fees

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

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Spring Blocks II, III 2018 (12 wks)
09/15/2017
02/19/2018
05/12/2018
$12,850

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, residence permit fees, 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 **
$9,341
Housing ***
$3,042
Insurance
$167

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 *
$1,800
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$270
Books & Supplies
$200
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$1,900

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 students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $360 per Block for meals not included in fees

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

More Information
Spring Block III 2018 (6 wks)
09/15/2017
04/02/2018
05/12/2018
$6,850

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, residence permit fees, 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 **
$4,862
Housing ***
$1,521
Insurance
$167

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 *
$900
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$135
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$950

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 students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $360 per Block for meals not included in fees

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

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Students enroll in two courses per academic block, earning 6 semester / 9 quarter credits for one block, 12 semester / 18 quarter credits for two blocks, or 18 semester / 27 quarter credits for three blocks.

Each course is 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise noted.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students participating in the Open Campus program may select an academic track during the application process and enroll in one, two, or all three six-week academic blocks per semester. Students may also opt to attend for the full academic year. Students must enroll in two courses per academic block. Due to the intensive nature of the block system, two courses per block is considered a full-time academic load. All students are required to maintain full-time status.

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About the City

About The City

About Cape Town

Cape Town is Africa’s most popular destinations 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

Director of Experiential Learning

Quinton is recognized as one of South Africa’s authorities of study abroad and international education. Prior to his appointment as Director of Experiential Learning, Quinton served the Cape Town Study Center for nearly two decades as Center Director, and was Manager of International Student Services in the University of Cape Town’s International Office prior to that. Quinton has an MPhil in Conflict and Conflict Management (NMMU) and is an experienced educator of students and staff development. Within his portfolio Quinton oversees the academic quality of teaching and learning for the Global Sustainability and Environment (GSE) and Service Learning Programs in Cape Town. Furthermore, Quinton is an accredited trainer of CIEE’s ‘Intercultural Communications and Leadership’ (ICL) program for students and the ‘Employee Intercultural Development Program’ (EIDP) for global staff.

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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, Director, Experiential Learning

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Michelle Diedericks

Housing Manager

Michelle manages the complexities of the Cape Town Study Center’s housing and facilities for nearly 450 semester students annually, Homestay families and students, visiting staff and faculty, IFDS, FAC and HSSA. Prior to being appointed Housing Manager, Michelle was Cape Town’s finance and administration coordinator.

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David Maclean

Center Director

David is an educator and business professional with sound experience in corporate governance, higher education, academic quality assurance, pedagogy and new business development. David has an Executive MBA from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and an MA in Creative Media Practice (Middlesex University, UK). He is also a certified academic trainer, assessor and moderator. David’s commercial experience includes pivotal contributions to educational institutions with extensive experience in conducting business across continents, time zones, and regulatory and cultural environments. David’s research interests include the future of the university for 2020 and beyond, phronesis in leadership (practical wisdom), addressing disproportionate influence of individuals in organizations and communities, and 'University as Entrepreneur': a revised business model for state universities to increase access, efficiency and revenue.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

CIEE Global Institute – Cape Town
CIEE Cape Town Open Campus courses are taught at the CIEE Global Institute – Cape Town. The center has classrooms and CIEE staff offices.

Transportation

You will use public transportation to navigate the city and commute to and from the Global Institute.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Homestay with South African Family - This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture. 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 the Global Institute - a 20- to 30-minute commute.

Off-Campus Apartments - Students share off-campus apartments with fellow CIEE Study Abroad program participants and resident assistants, local students at University of Cape Town. There are a combination of both single and double rooms within the apartments. 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. 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 around the city.

Weekend Homestays - Even students living in shared apartments with other CIEE Cape Town students can experience a homestay with a South African host. In this way, students may experience the traditions and daily rituals of Cape Town life with locals.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Cape Town even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation, Know Before You Go, a self-guided introduction to the program and local culture combined with live question and answer sessions with staff. The online orientation allows you to reflect on what you want to get out of the program and become logistically prepared to travel to South Africa. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

A mandatory on-site orientation session will introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in South Africa, and Cape Town in particular. Orientation themes include South African customs and lifestyle, money and banking, safety and health, how and where to shop, transportation, and cultural adaptation. Orientation includes both structured cultural activities and independent sightseeing.

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Internet

Internet

Students should bring wireless-enabled laptops to use while on the program for both academic paper writing and research. Wireless internet is available throughout the CIEE Global Institute facility and in all student housing.

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Culture

Culture

EXCURSIONS AND STUDY TOURS

CIEE students in all academic tracks visits significant locations in and around Cape Town each block to underscore and expand on in-class lessons. Staff lead discussions preceding the visits and debriefing sessions afterward to encourage students to synthesize and reflect on their experiences.

Students also participate in a two-night, three-day study tour to another region in South Africa or to a neighboring country each academic block. These are designed to further the learning goals of the academic tracks while offering students the opportunity to engage in intercultural comparative experiences.

All excursions and study tours are included in the program fee. Destinations and dates will be finalized after arrival in Cape Town so students are advised not to make personal travel plans until they have the full program schedule.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS

Throughout the block, CIEE organizes activities that offer a glimpse into the area’s community, 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 may also go to local theater, music, and dance productions, explore museums, and visit rural cooperatives.

VOLUNTEERING

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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Academics

Academics

Students must take two courses per academic block, the equivalent of a full-time course load. Students choose from a wide range of courses in five academic tracks. All courses are taught in English by CIEE faculty.

Students will also be asked to select a track as part of their application; “Multi-disciplinary” is also an option. Students can select their courses from among all offered courses, regardless of selected track (unless the home university has other requirements).

Academic Culture

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic and standards while incorporating local academic culture. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities designed to provide students with a fully “place-based” experience. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.

Nature of Classes

Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are typically for CIEE students only. Each course is a full semester in content taught in a six-week block, so the pace is accelerated and the workload demanding. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week. Required co-curricular excursions complement your coursework and immerse you in South African history and culture.

All required co-curricular activities are subject to change and may be finalized after arrival in Cape Town. Students should make no independent travel plans until receiving final syllabi and event schedules on site.

Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Cape Town when classes are in session. Attendance at all in-class meetings and co-curricular activities is strictly enforced.

Grading System

Grading System
Students are graded on the basis of class participation and attendance, homework, individual project work, presentations, and mid-term and final examinations.

Grading Scale
CIEE reports in U.S. letter grades, based on marks earned on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and/or oral presentations, as outlined in course syllabi. To avoid falling behind in the accelerated block system, attendance at all class sessions is absolutely necessary.

Language of Instruction

The primary language of instruction is English. Basic language courses are offered in Afrikaans and isiXhosa.

Faculty

CIEE has developed strong relationships with some of Cape Town’s most-respected universities and research institutions to ensure the highest-quality course offerings. A core group of CIEE faculty members serve as academic coordinators and professors and are responsible for working with CIEE resident staff members to set up special guest lectures, excursions, activities, and more.

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Course Descriptions

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.

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 are offered at multiple Global Institute sites.

BLOCK 1

LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE

HIST 3101 CTSA From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS

NONCR XHSA CTSA Survival isiXhosa

BUSINESS

BUSI 3101 CTSA Doing Business in Emerging Markets

COMMUNICATIONS, JOURNALISM AND NEW MEDIA

(GI) COMM 3301 CTSA Intercultural Communication and Leadership

GLOBAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH

PUBH 3101 CTSA HIV/ AIDS Policy, Politics and Ordinary Lives in Southern Africa

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

POLI 3101 CTSA “A Season of Protest” in South Africa and the US

BLOCK 2

LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE

LITT 3101 CTSA South African Literature and Film

NONCR XHSA CTSA Survival isiXhosa

BUSINESS

MGMT 3101 CTSA Managing Diversity in Business

COMMUNICATIONS, JOURNALISM AND NEW MEDIA

(GI) COMM 3009 CTSA Media, Gender and Identity

PHOT 3101 CTSA South African Documentary Photography in Theory and Practice

GLOBAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH

(GI) PUBH 3002 CTSA Community and Public Health

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

(GI) INRE 4007 CTSA Contemporary Controversies in International Relations

SOCI 3102 CTSA Transnationalism and Forced Migration in a Global World

BLOCK 3

LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE

(GI) SOCI 3001 CTSA / GEND 3001 CTSA Gender and Sexuality

VART 3101 CTSA Contemporary South African Art

NONCR XHSA CTSA Survival isiXhosa

BUSINESS

(GI) MGMT 3001 CTSA Business Ethics and Leadership

BUSI 3102 CTSA Generating Profit that Supports Society Over Individuals

COMMUNICATIONS, JOURNALISM AND NEW MEDIA

(GI) JOUR 3001 CTSA International Journalism

GLOBAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH

(GI) PUBH 3003 CTSA Comparative Health Care Systems

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

URBS 3101 CTSA Cape Town as Emerging Global City

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE

(GI) SOCI 3001 CTSA / GEND 3001 CTSA Gender and Sexuality

This course will explore issues of gender and sexuality by reading, watching, and listening to contemporary gender- and queer-inspired artistic productions. As we attend a variety of exhibitions, artist talks, and film screenings, or read fiction and poetry, our focus will be on how each of these “texts” construct in a specific way and thereby negotiate gender and its intersection with other axes of difference such as ethnicity, sexual orientation, or class; how they represent the human body; and how they relate multiple forms of sexuality to social categories and hierarchies. The course examines how a fictional story or a dance performance, for example, may supplement, undermine, or complicate the very interpretative categories that we as readers inevitably bring to the object of analysis.

NONCR XHSA CTSA

Survival isiXhosa

Program participants are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course to help them to engage more closely with Cape Town community members and develop a better understanding of South African society. Students need no prior knowledge of spoken and written isiXhosa. The course is designed to enable students to engage in: Basic communication (greetings, introduction), Giving social information (Family, making requests, describing work situations). Getting basic isiXhosa syntax, (making sentences). Students should acquire basic proficiency in isiXhosa which they can improve on through regular practice in their engagement with the different communities. (Contact hours: 15. Credit: 0)

HIST 3101 CTSA

From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS

This overview course introduces students to key events, people and processes in South Africa’s social and political transformation, from the late-nineteenth century to the present. Topics covered include: industrialization and the British colonial period, Afrikaner nationalism and apartheid, African nationalism and anti-apartheid resistance, urban segregation, the political miracle of the 1990s, and the challenges of HIV/ AIDS and economic inequality. Students will visit sites such as the Robben Island Museum and the District Six Museum. By the end of the course, students will have a strong grounding in recent South African history and contexts.

VART 3101 CTSA

Contemporary South African Art

South Africa has a strong tradition of contemporary arts practice, and Cape Town has a vibrant gallery and performing arts culture. This course introduces students to contemporary South African art via a program of seminars, gallery visits, artist talks, and attendance at performances. Students will come away from this course with an introductory grounding in contemporary arts theory, and a unique insight into contemporary arts practice in South Africa.

LITT 3101 CTSA

South African Literature and Film

Nadine Gordimer, JM Coetzee, Njabulo Ndebele, Zakes Mda, Breyten Breytenbach, Athol Fugard, Zoe Wicomb, Es’kia Mphalele: these are just some of the stellar array of writers, poets and playwrights to have come out of South Africa. More recently, they have been joined by a vibrant tradition of South African and South African-inspired cinema, including blockbusters like District Nine and Tsotsi. In this course, students will be introduced to South African literature and film, and to some of the critical debates that operate in the field of cultural production. Students will come away from the course with a developed understanding of the distinctively South African nature of this body of work, and it place in traditions of world cinema and literature.

Business

BUSI 3101 CTSA

Doing Business in Emerging Markets

Emerging markets are often described as markets in countries in the process of rapid growth and industrialization. This course provides students from all disciplines with insights into emerging markets and the opportunities they offer and the risks to be mindful of. It allows students to explore critically emerging markets through the use of integrative and systems thinking, business models and innovation. The course uses emerging markets as the backdrop against which to explore contemporary developments and innovation responsive to highly volatile, uncertain, and yet, promising economies such as South Africa, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, India, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Thailand, and Turkey.

BUSI 3102 CTSA

Generating Profit that Supports Society Over Individuals

This course offers students an introduction into the rapidly emerging field of social innovation, an approach that can be described as “a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than current solutions” (Stanford). Social innovation draws upon traditional and emerging business practices to benefit society over individuals. Upon completion of this course students will be familiar with theories, practices and multiple perspectives of social innovation, entrepreneuring and how these relate to ethics, organization, and macroeconomics.

(GI) MGMT 3001 CTSA

Business Ethics and Leadership

This course examines the philosophical foundations and basic principles of ethics as they apply to businesses and the environments in which they operate. Real-world case studies are used to provide students with insight into how businesses and organizations manage – and in some cases fail to manage – challenging ethical and moral dilemmas. Students also consider the particular responsibilities of business leaders in fostering ethical awareness and practices within the corporate context.

MGMT 3101 CTSA

Managing Diversity in Business

Diversity in the workplace can place significant challenges on staff interaction that requires skill and discernment to manage. This course provides students with a holistic grounding in intercultural awareness to engage with self, others and ever-changing contexts with intelligence, compassion and humility. Upon completion of this course students will be familiar with diversity as it relates to learning styles, time, ethnicity, race, gender, age, gender and values, and how these relate to intercultural cooperation and business.

Communications, Journalism and New Media

(GI) COMM 3301 CTSA

Intercultural Communication and Leadership

In this class, students develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in their study abroad location as well as in other intercultural contexts. We will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of your experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that you can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. You will increase your own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help you become more effective in an interdependent world.

(GI) JOUR 3001 CTSA

International Journalism

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the theories and techniques of journalism, with an emphasis on fairness and accuracy of journalistic coverage of diverse, multi-ethnic communities, the role of journalism in democratic societies, news values and ethics, and reporting and writing techniques. All this is done with a special comparative focus on the situation of journalism in the country of study and the U.S. Using specific examples from especially the first two geographical and political areas, students examine the influence of journalism on politics, business, and society. Being in a vibrant city, with dozens of newspapers, magazines, and new media produced here, students experience the location and organizers of the most influential national press briefings as well as attend an editorial board meeting of one of the most popular daily newspapers. They will also pay particular attention to the role of foreign correspondents. Much of the coursework will include practical reporting, with students developing a journalism portfolio based on weekly exercises.

(GI) COMM 3009 CTSA

Media, Gender and Identity

In this course, students will apply a critical lens to representations of gender and identity in contemporary media. Taking gender and sexuality as a critical starting point, we will examine the construction of identities under the simultaneous influence of race, class, and nationality. By focusing on popular representations in both the US and the country where the course is taking place, we will gain a deeper understanding of identities as both culturally specific and influenced by global media. Instead of suggesting that contemporary identities are determined by what we see on TV screens, computers, and in local movie theaters, the course seeks to describe the complex interactions between national audiences and concrete media productions, and analyzes how different audiences reproduce or challenge traditional concepts and stereotypes of gender, race, sexuality, and class. By combining the study of theoretical texts with examples from the advertisement industry, television, the movies, and other forms of contemporary cultural expression, it offers a comprehensive and thorough introduction to contemporary studies of the media and identity.

PHOT 3101 CTSA

South African Documentary Photography in Theory and Practice

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of documentary photography, and the unique role that documentary photographers have played in South Africa’s social and political transformation. Students will hear from, and will work with, contemporary South African photographers across a number of genres, including street photography and social documentary photography, and will create a portfolio of images for part of their grade. By the end of the course, students will have a strong understanding of the theory and practice of documentary photography, and a body of work that documents their experience in Cape Town.

Global and Community Health

(GI) PUBH 3002 CTSA

Community and Public Health

This course examines the interface of community involvement and highly effective governmental approaches to public health. By studying how actors in the public health sphere collaborate to identify public health needs, select appropriate responses, and implement large-scale projects, students will gain understanding of the different public health issues facing communities, and the varied approaches to public health. The course pays special attention to identifying and understanding the main actors in public health systems, how public health policies and systems are influenced, and how the implementation of public health tools are affected by cultural and religious traditions. Students participate in site visits to public health institutions at various levels (local, regional, national).

(GI) PUBH 3003 CTSA

Comparative Health Care Systems

Students learn about the economic, cultural, ethical, and structural challenges faced by health care systems today. The course explores different approaches to health care system organization and financing, strategies for using limited resources, and challenges to providing universal access to health care. Students address specific approaches to these challenges, with a comparative focus on the country of study and the United States.

PUBH 3101 CTSA

HIV/ AIDS Policy, Politics and Ordinary Lives in Southern Africa

In the late-1990s, Southern Africa emerged as the epicenter of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, at the same time as local responses were bedeviled by political meddling and contested versions of science. Since then, partly through the efforts of social movements like the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), South Africa has rolled out a model treatment and prevention program. In this course, we will look at policy and the politics of HIV/ AIDS in Southern Africa, with a particular focus on its effects on ordinary lives. By the end of the course, students will have a developed understanding of the history of policy and practice around HIV/ AIDS in this part of the world, and the unique challenges of addressing a global pandemic in a developing world context.

International Relations and Political Science

(GI) INRE 4007 CTSA

Contemporary Controversies in International Relations

The course provides an overview of important international conflicts of our time, their causes, main agents, and recent developments. Investigating a number of case studies will allow us to not only identify and learn in detail about different areas of international controversy, but also to study models of international cooperation. Course participants are to analyze a variety of current conflicts by diagnosing the conflict, providing an outlook for the medium-term future, and proposing solutions. Classroom content is supplemented and enhanced by debate meetings with experts and practitioners from different organizations and institutions.

POLI 3101 CTSA

“A Season of Protest” in South Africa and the US

From anti-apartheid protests in South Africa to the Civil Rights era in the US, and from #RhodesMustFall and #BlackLivesMatter to ongoing protests around service delivery and social rights, the politics of protests has played a key role in shaping society and protecting constitutional rights. This course will examine the politics of protest in South Africa and the US in comparative perspective, looking at both historical and contemporary contexts. By the end of the course, students will understand recent South African and US history, and the role that social movements have played in ongoing struggles around social justice and transformation.

SOCI 3102 CTSA

Transnationalism and Forced Migration in a Global World

According to the UNHCR, an unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Transnationalism and migration have become ever increasing parts of our global world, and have occasioned intensive debates around citizenship, rights, policy and national identity.

URBS 3101 CTSA

Cape Town as Emerging Global City

Cape Town is fast emerging as a global city of significance, at the same time as it grapples with the challenges imparted by its history. This course introduces students to both historical and contemporary contexts and debates, and gives them the conceptual tools to make sense of an often confusing city. Students will visit city sites such as Table Mountain, and Ocean View township, and will undertake a home stay, as part of getting up close to everyday urban life. By the end of the course, students will have a strong grounding in the challenges of urban development, social inequality and globalization in Cape Town.

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