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Program Overview

Program Overview

Cape Town is a microcosm of the challenges facing many African cities in transition, making it the perfect location to study sustainability, urban systems and community. CIEE’s Global Sustainability and Environment program will help you develop a deeper understanding of sustainability in a local and global context. This program explores the complexity, challenges and opportunities of sustainable interventions by examining case studies in Cape Town and its surrounds.

  • As part of the program, you will Meet experts involved in local projects and interventions
  • Study sustainable design principles by visiting various sites
  • Explore Cape Town and its surrounds through academic and social field trips
  • Spend a weekend with a local family
  • Spend two nights in an ecovillage
  • Experience local culture through a range of expeditions
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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, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Collaborative Projects

Work with students at your host university in small groups or one-on-one to analyze a challenge, develop potential solutions, and present a final proposal.

Excursions

Gain an overview of diversity in South Africa, and learn about the country's transformation during numerous excursions and cultural activities. Explore places like the Cape Peninsula, the Cape Flats and surrounding towns like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Embrace the local culture during trips to rugby matches; theater, music, and dance productions, museums, and local festivals.

There’s power in collaboration, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn from and work with local environmental engineers, researchers, ecologists, sociologists, policymakers, and economists.

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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.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (16 wks)
05/01/2016
08/15/2016
12/02/2016
$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
$200

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
$19,850

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 **
$14,674
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
$200

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
05/01/2017
TBA
TBA
$19,850

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 **
$14,674
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
$200

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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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
    • Minimum of two college-level courses in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science
    • Recommended completion of at least one college-level science or social science course with an integrated lab
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to take Global Sustainability Seminar, Local Sustainability Project, Global Sustainability Workshop, and one CIEE elective course, which may include Afrikaans Language or isiXhosa Language.

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About the City

About The City

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 vast socioeconomic inequalities that stem from a colonial and apartheid past.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Rashiq Fataar

Faculty

Rashiq Fataar holds a Business Science degree in Actuarial Science but currently works as an urbanist and the founding director of FUTURE CAPE TOWN, a leading public think-tank in the field of urbanism in South Africa, and a globally recognized social media platform in the field of urban sustainability. He has worked on and led projects in the public and private sector as well as with local and international institutions, including the Strelka Institute and the University of Cape Town. In 2011 he was invited to be a part of a global think tank called Future Influencers, initiated by Siemens, with the aim of “connecting today’s and tomorrow’s thought leaders, on key future sustainability topics – through networking, debates and collecting ideas”. Through his work he has traveled to and presented at events in Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona and Durban, as well as conferences in Munich, London, New York and across South Africa – sharing his perspectives and insights. In 2013, he was co-opted onto the Board of Cape Town Tourism and more recently he has served on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Cities Collective website. In 2015, he launched the Young Urbanists community.

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Ruenda Loots

Academic Coordinator

Formally trained as a protein biochemist, Ruenda has always been passionate about sustainability and the environment. She completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees at Stellenbosch University before joining the Sustainability Institute in 2010. Here she coordinated various projects and publications including Sustaining Cape Town – imagining a liveable city (Ed. Swilling 2010), Just Transitions: explorations of sustainability in an unfair world (Swilling & Annecke 2012) and Sustainable Stellenbosch – opening dialogues (2012) which she co-edited with Profs. Mark Swilling and Ben Sebitosi. Ruenda is also a member of BiomimicrySA, a regional network that promotes nature-inspired innovation. Biomimicry has provided her with an opportunity to bring science and sustainability together and Ruenda is currently completing her PhD using biomimetic principles to investigate microbial biofilms. Ruenda joined CIEE Stellenbosch in 2012 where she coordinated and taught the core course “Cities, Sustainability and Communities” until 2015.

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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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Tom Sanya

Faculty

Tom Sanya holds a PhD in sustainable architecture from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway. He is employed as an academic at the University of Cape Town as senior lecturer with a focus on sustainable design. His academic work is on building processes, products and outcomes under an ecosystem services framework and within the broader notion of sustainable development.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

University of Cape Town
Established as the South African College in 1829, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is internationally recognized as one of Africa’s leading research universities. Its campus has sweeping lawns, pathways, trees, ponds, waterfalls, attractive physical structures, extensive playing fields, basketball, tennis, badminton and squash courts, a swimming pool, a gymnasium, and a weight room. Students’ academic home base at the college is the African Centre for Cities, where students study critical urban issues, conduct interdisciplinary research, and tap into the college’s network of international funders and think tanks.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Off-Campus Residence Hall-Style Apartments – Students share apartments near campus with fellow CIEE program participants and local students. Students have small single rooms or share a small number of double rooms, and share kitchen and other facilities with five to seven students in an apartment suite. Residents share basic cleaning duties. Students are responsible for their own meals, which are not included in the program fee. They can prepare their own meals or eat at establishments on or off campus.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Cape Town before you leave home with our online pre-departure orientation to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals. CIEE resident staff members meet with students online and share information about the program and site, highlighting issues that past students have said are important, and allowing you to ask questions.

A three-day on-site orientation introduces you to Cape Town, South African society and culture, and the CIEE academic program. You’ll also get practical information about living in South Africa, and Cape Town in particular. Excursions in and around the city showcase major points of interest, resources, and amenities. Ongoing individual and group support is provided throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Wireless Internet connections are available in off-campus apartments for an extra fee (prepaid system). There are also inexpensive Internet cafés throughout Cape Town. Internet reliability and access is not always available at the same level as in the United States.

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Culture

Culture

Excursions and Cultural Activities

Explore important landmarks, tourist attractions and historical sites in and around Cape Town and the Western Cape Province. Planned trips include the Cape Peninsula, Table Mountain National Park and significant cultural hubs like Bo-Kaap and District Six. You will visit loval sustainability intiatives in urban and informal settings, including an ecovillage, the iShack solar energy project in Enkanini and a biomimetic bioremediation project. A three-day homestay with a South African family in the Ocean View neighborhood – formerly an all-black township – offers a look into the complex history of South Africa and its current social dynamics.

You’ll also take part in many cultural activities chosen to provide a good overview of diversity in South Africa and to complement the overall program theme of sustainability and community, including visits to two wine farms with unique approaches to environmental sustainability and socially just practices.

Sustainable Communities Workshop

This program includes a special theory and praxis experience at the Sustainability Institute and Lynedoch EcoVillage, just outisde Stellenbosch. Students live in the Sustainability Institute guesthouse and participate in a series of discussions and hands-on experiences to help them become more familiar with issues related to food security, water, waste and sanitation, energy, and community development. CIEE students will assist members of the EcoVillage community with various projects, including care for the community garden.

The Sustainability Institute, a nonprofit trust founded in 1999, is located in the Lynedoch EcoVillage. The Institute is an international living and learning center that focuses on studies and experience in ecology, community and spirit. In partnership with the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University, the Institute offers post-graduate degrees in sustainable development planning and sustainable agriculture, early childhood development, community development practice and management. The Institute further engages in sustainable neighborhood development and policy research in the sustainable development sector.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

Class work will include a combination of lectures, group work, presentations, and discussions.

The Global Sustainability and Environment program allows students to explore the requirements of sustainable and livable cities of the future. The program has offices in Shanghai (China), Berlin (Germany) and Cape Town (South Africa), allowing CIEE students, faculty, and partners to share ideas about global and local sustainability as well as program highlights. During the semester, CIEE students have an opportunity to attend open lectures and design-critique sessions conducted by professors, visiting lecturers, and other teaching staff. Attendance of certain scheduled lectures is required as large lectures of this sort are an integral component of South African academic culture.

Students in Cape Town work with professors and equipment at CIEE partner institutions, the University of Cape Town’s School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics and the Sustainability Institute.

Nature of Classes

All courses are CIEE courses and for CIEE students only.

Grading System

Students are graded on the basis of class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Students are given number grades based on 100 percentage points and U.S. letter grade equivalents, A-F.

Students are expected to attend all classes, work on projects, and participate in group discussions. Student presentations and group reviews of student work are mandatory parts of the program and should be seen as invaluable opportunities for learning. Each project assignment is due at the beginning of class on its due date. Students also are expected to submit documentation of their entire semester’s work for the final review.

Language of Instruction

English

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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.

ENVI 3001 GSEC
Global Sustainability Seminar

Given the transition to a predominantly urban world, this seminar focuses on cities, urban systems and their communities. As populations grow in tandem with dwindling resources, human populations will increasingly struggle to maintain healthy, productive, enjoyable and just cities. This seminar looks at multiple facets of the city and the related issues that affect its sustainability e.g. resource availability, energy, security, mobility, social cohesion, architecture, agriculture. The related notion of community and the role that place and place-making have in creating liveable urban spaces will form a cornerstone of the discussions in this course.
This seminar focuses on the future of an urbanized world with specific reference to South African urban issues and case studies. This includes lectures on fundamental principles and concepts of sustainable development, resource flows in urban systems and social dynamics of cities. South Africa’s socio-political history and the physical manifestations thereof in cities will be discussed, using Cape Town as an example. Students will be introduced to various local sustainability projects that aim to address urban challenges and facilitate social cohesion.
The seminar is designed to complement the experiments in the Global SE workshop and support the Global SE Project.
Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6.0 quarter hours.

ENVI 3002 GSEC
Local Sustainability Project

The Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) – 3074 hectares of fertile land - has been Cape Town’s breadbasket since the 19th century. This single block of land provides employment and food security as well as a large, strategic reserve aquifer unique in the Western Cape. In the last few years, proposals for housing developments on key parts of the PHA have brought to the fore competing environmental, political and socio-economic pressures. The PHA area is a live urban laboratory in which the pressures of urbanization in the city can be investigated through the mapping of a dynamic system - an urban system that extends well beyond a sole focus on agriculture, food security and land use.
The project will investigate the possibilities to contribute to elements of the Philippi Horticultural Area’s development that will have an impact on the longer-term sustainability of Cape Town on an urban scale. Through a trans-disciplinary approach this project aims to address the convergence of issues at the PHA on an urban scale but also to present the opportunity for building the resilience of the city-region.
Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6.0 quarter hours.

GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOPS

ENVS 3001 GSEC GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOP--SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
ENVI 3003 GSEC GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOP--ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

The notion that societies can exist in scientific–technological systems isolated from or in competition with nature has gradually been proven false and ultimately detrimental to man’s continued survival. Subsequently many approaches that promote the equitable well-being of man and of nature have emerged. In the built environment, these approaches manifest as sustainable design processes and products.
Students enroll in one of these workshops in order to focus on sustainable solutions from a scientific and technical perspective by exploring the built environment in an ecosystem services framework, either from a Science and Engineering or Environmental Studies academic perpective. Through the workshops, students will develop specific technical skills and engage in multi-disciplinary sustainable design. Case studies and field trips, specifically in informal settings bring societal and environmental challenges together. Ultimately students will synthesize sustainable design solutions in the design of a component of the built environment.
(NOTE: Students enrolling in the Science and Engineering workshop must have completed at least one college-level science or social science course with an integrated lab.)
Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6.0 quarter hours

CIEE Elective Courses

In addition to the three required courses, students choose one elective. Elective courses are offered for 3 semester credits / 4.5 quarter hour.

AFKS 3001 CTSL
Afrikaans Language

This is an intensive introduction at the beginning level to the development of communication and cross- cultural skills by listening, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in Afrikaans. The course schedule includes four lectures and one language laboratory per week. This is a course for beginners; under certain conditions students with prior knowledge of Afrikaans may take this course with instructor’s permission.

XHSA 3001 CTSL
isiXhosa Language

This is an intensive introduction at the beginning level to the development of communication and cross- cultural skills by listening, understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in isiXhosa. There are five periods per week for these intensive courses. The classes are divided into input passage-conversation; language/grammar lecture; culture lecture; language laboratory work; and test or language lecture. This course aims to equip students with basic skills in speaking, reading, and writing isiXhosa.

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.

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