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Study Abroad in Cape Town
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Don’t just watch history happen; become a part of it. In Cape Town with CIEE, you’ll witness and take part in the complex process of transformation occurring in South Africa. During courses, community engagement activities, excursions, and more, you’ll trace the impact of colonialism on the indigenous peoples; examine the emergence and significance of apartheid; and explore the role this fascinating country’s history continues to have on society today. If you’ve ever heard Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Grammy award winning male a cappella group from South Africa, you may have an idea of what’s in store: a transformative experience with a people whose beauty and power in the face of struggle will give you the chills.

Study abroad in Cape Town and you’ll:

  • Have the opportunity to live with a local family for a weekend.
  • Begin your study of the Afrikaans or Xhosa languages
  • Learn to play traditional instruments like the uhadi
  • Dance the isicathulo and other culturally important dances
  • Experience one of the most multicultural cities in the world
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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:

  • 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

Homestay

Live and share most of your meals with South African locals in the culturally rich communities of, Bo-Kaap or Langa during your weekend homestay.

Excursions and Cultural Activities

Go on excursions to sites of historical importance including Robben Island, Cape Point, the District 6 Museum, and Cape Peninsula. Learn to cook traditional foods from the Cape Malay, Xhosa, and Afrikaans peoples through having a FoodJam, and try your hand at traditional dances from South African ethnic groups like Zulu, Ndebele, and Shangaan. You’ll also have fun attending rugby and soccer matches; theater, music, and dance productions; and local festivals.

Community Engagement

Make a difference in your host community while practicing your Afrikaans/ Xhosa language skills by taking part in community engagement activities in townships impacted by South Africa’s dynamic past. Because of the short time in Cape Town, we arrange smaller impact projects for you to engage the communities, by doing the needs and asset assessments before your arrival and allow you to execute the projects and engage with the community more meaningfully!

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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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Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017
$4,850

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, field trips, local transportation pass for students not living within walking distance of campus, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,243
Housing
$1,140
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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$600
International Airfare *
$1,650
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$400

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.

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

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Summer Session I and II 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017
$8,350

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, field trips, local transportation pass for students not living within walking distance of campus, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,603
Housing
$2,280
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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,200
International Airfare *
$1,650
Local Transportation
$200
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$800

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.

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

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Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017
$4,850

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, field trips, local transportation pass for students not living within walking distance of campus, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,243
Housing
$1,140
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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$600
International Airfare *
$1,650
Local Transportation
$100
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$400

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.

* 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

Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session; 6 semester/9 quarter hours for two sessions, and 9 semester/13.5 quarter hours for three sessions.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students choose between two elective courses. They may also take an optional not-for-credit language course to help them engage with the community.

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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 at the same time grappling with the vast socio-economic 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, Experiential Learning

Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, nicknamed “The Friendly City,” Quinton teaches the CIEE Community Partnership: Theory and Engagement and Intercultural Communications course at the Cape Town Study center. Quinton has 15 years of experience in international education, and previously served as manager for international student programs in the University of Cape Town’s international office. He holds a master’s degree in conflict and conflict management from the University of Port Elizabeth, and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of the Western Cape. His research interests include religious education in public schools, religion and democracy, religion and development, and religion and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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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

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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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Students take courses at the CIEE Study Center, which is close to the campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT), internationally recognized as one of Africa’s leading research universities. The students will be taught by CIEE managed faculty and will be exclusively available to CIEE Students. This means that the students will not have class with locals, but will be taught by faculty who are able to engage the students on various relevant and contextual topics.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the program fee. Students will be living in CIEE-managed apartments. In these dorms, the students share rooms in an apartment suite with other CIEE program participants or with resident assistants (RAs), local University of Cape Town students. RAs are local University of Cape Town students selected and trained to live with the CIEE students. Meals in CIEE Apartments and amenities like toilet paper, hand towels and soap; are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can prepare their own meals or eat at local restaurants and cafés and share costs as it relates to the amenities with your flatmates.

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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. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving students 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 pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

A three-day orientation session at the beginning of each session introduces students to the city of Cape Town, South African culture, and the program. The orientation includes specially designed sessions on health and safety, local living logistics, and community engagement opportunities.

Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Wireless Internet connections are available in your apartments and at the CIEE Office. There are also inexpensive Internet cafés located throughout Cape Town. Internet reliability and access is not always available at the same level as in the U.S. and may require additional fees.

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Culture

Culture

The comprehensive cultural program developed by CIEE consists of visits to local theater, music, and dance productions, museum tours, and local festivals. Events and activities are chosen to provide students with a good overview of the diversity in South Africa and to complement the overall theme of transformation discussed in the core course.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

The courses on this program are for CIEE students only. Courses are structured like seminars, meeting intensively for four weeks and including various discussions, guest lectures, and presentations. Additional time each week is reserved for student volunteer projects and program activities and excursions.

Nature Of Classes

Classes are for CIEE students only

Grading System

Grades are assigned based on weekly and final tests or papers and, depending on the course, additional assignments such as a research paper or a class presentation. Attendance and class participation are also incorporated into the final grade. Attendance is mandatory; unexcused absences incur an academic penalty.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

Courses will be taught by faculty managed by CIEE, selected for their experience and expertise in the topics of your course selections.

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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.

Session I

CIEE Elective Courses

Students choose one of the following two courses:

HIST 3001 CTSU / AFST 3002 CTSU

Historical Development of South Africa from First People to 1992
The course will explore South African history from the arrival of the first people in South Africa or Azania in the mid-17th century to pre-apartheid. This overview will trace the impact of colonialism on the indigenous peoples and examine the emergence of apartheid and its impact on South Africa. An introduction will also be given to the multiculturalism that enriches South African society.

ARTS 2001 CTSU / AFST 2001 CTSU

Music and Dance Forms of South Africa
This is an introductory course of authentic South African dances and music which requires no prior dance or singing experience. Participants will explore traditions from the black population from the four major ethnic group – Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi), Sotho, Shangaan-Tsonga, and Venda – and the white population of British and European descent. The course involves practical study in dance and music, including isicathulo (gumboot dance), isicathamiya (the style popularized in the U.S. by Ladysmith Black Mambazo), ngoma dance (isishameni, isibhaca, and umzansi), maskanda guitar, African xylophones (timbila, amadinda), mbira, and umakhweyana gourd bow.

Optional Non-Credit Language Courses:

Survival Afrikaans
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 Afrikaans. The course actively engages students in learning the language with an integrated approach of acquiring speaking, writing, and comprehension skills. Students learn basic grammar in context, and are expected to apply grammatical knowledge in task-based (oral and written) situations.

Communication Skills in isiXhosa for Beginners
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 Xhosa. 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.

Session II

CIEE Elective Courses

Students choose one of the following two courses:

HIST 3002 CTSU / AFST 3004 CTSU

South Africa: The Rainbow Nation from 1992 to the Present
The course will explore South African history from the dismantling of apartheid to the present day. This overview will look at the emergence of apartheid and its impact on South Africa. Special attention will be given to the role history continues to impact on society today. An introduction will also be given to the multiculturalism that enriches South African society today.

POLI 3001 CTSU / AFST 3005 CTSU

Redrawing of South African Politics
Students will be introduced to South African politics and nation building from the brokering of the end of apartheid to current political landscapes. Special attention will be given to the various political parties in relations to identity, race, and nation building while exploring and understanding their interplay with the larger political system in South Africa. Part of the course will focus on South African presidents, including F.W. de Klerk (part of the first democratic election in the negotiated transitions), Nelson Mandela (the transition to democracy), Thabo Mbeki (political system in action; human rights); and the current President Jacob Zuma (understanding of culture, power and possibly decreasing the democratic role and contemporary challenges). Students will gain a deeper understanding of the main political traditions in modern South Africa and how they have interacted and developed. The course will consist of interactive lectures, discussions, video material, and field trips.

Optional Non-Credit Language Courses:

Survival Afrikaans
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 Afrikaans. The course actively engages students in learning the language with an integrated approach of acquiring speaking, writing and comprehension skills. Students learn basic grammar in context, and are expected to apply grammatical knowledge in task-based (oral and written) situations.

Communication Skills in isiXhosa for Beginners
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 Xhosa. 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.

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