- Cape Town, South Africa
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
Service learning in and around Cape Town is a core component in our program. Students taking one of the IES Abroad courses are required to complete 60 hours of volunteer work while in Cape Town. Twenty of your 60 hours of volunteer work will be at Egoli, a settlement that receives no government services like water or electricity. Use the remaining 40 hours of volunteer work to participate in field work and research opportunities. While in South Africa, you’ll complete 15-19 credits.
You take 15–19 credit hours per semester. These credits can be all taken through UCT courses or in a combination of 2-4 UCT courses (12 credits) and an IES Abroad course (4 credits). Full year students may elect to take all of their courses at the University of Cape Town in their second semester. IES Abroad also offers service learning courses in Environmental Studies, Health Studies, and Management through an in-depth and hands-on approach. While optional, these courses are strongly recommended.
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit study abroad organization with 115+ academic programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. To learn more about what we offer visit our website.
- Setting Description:
- Don’t miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to study abroad in one of the most beautiful cities on Earth. You’ll love the crystal clear blue waters, the breathtaking mountains, and everything in between. But there’s more to Cape Town than its beauty—its dynamic society is ever-changing and growing, and you can witness it first-hand. Immerse yourself in the African culture and explore one of the most diverse environments in the world. We know you’ll agree that studying in Cape Town will make you feel like you’re on top of the world.
- We offer more than $2.2 million in scholarships & financial aid. Contact IES Abroad or see our website for cost, scholarships, and financial aid.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- IES Abroad offers $5 million dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships and grants that can be used toward an IES Abroad study abroad program. Apply online using our universal Aid Application, and we’ll pair you with the scholarships and grants.
Based on 4 Reviews
- Liberation is in the Air!08/23/19
My study abroad experience in Cape Town, South Africa was nothing short of life-changing! I highly recommend that every college student take advantage of the study abroad office located on their campus. Studying abroad in college is the perfect time to
gain international experience, and to immerse yourself in a different country to enhance your global perspective and understanding of the world in addition to your position in the world.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Best semester!08/22/19
Studying abroad has been a major goal of mine for a few years, and beginning the search was tough because I didn't know which program would be best for what I wanted to get out of my experience. However, I discovered IES and how they offered the opportunity
of taking a class in my major as well as the chance to take classes at the University of Cape Town. I was able to take the IES course Community Health in Context in addition to my University of Cape Town classes which was a small class that allowed for discussion and getting to know the professor, and also gave us the opportunity to do service learning. This class augmented my learning experience in South Africa. In addition to the IES course I took 3 other classes at the University of Cape Town. The academics at the were challenging, and could be frustrating at times because of the differences in workload and grading compared to the US. However, I did learn a great amount in relation to South Africa's history and culture. IES staff were kind, hardworking, and helpful with anything that need during your six months abroad. They helped with any issues that may have arised in academics (both at the University of Cape Town and the IES courses), housing accommodations, service learning, field trips, etc. They are there for you if you are having a problem adjusting to the differences in academics or living abroad, or if you just want to stop in for a quick chat. The housing was also great! There were two options- residence hall and a private house with other people in the program. I opted for the residence hall, which consisted of people in the program living on the same floor, and the rest of the building were mostly from South Africa but also from many other countries. Each room had a private bathroom and kitchenette which was a major bonus. There were several lounges with TVs, a study room, and 24/7 gym, and free washers/dryers. It was much more modern and new than I had expected. Only downsides were the WiFi which was a little spotty, and the noise level because the layout of the building made everything echo. Another aspect I thoroughly enjoyed about IES were the free field trips which included a Cape Malay cooking class, tour of Bo-Kaap, District 6 museum, Old Biscuit Mill, etc. They also offered to optional excursions at an additional subsidized cost (highly recommend) which was the Garden Route and a safari at Kruger National Park. Cape Town has so much to offer from hiking to surfing, food markets, and shopping. It’s full of history and culture with many museums to visit, as well as Robben Island (a must). Safety may be a concern for some, but I always felt safe and would often do things by myself. Just make sure you are aware of your surroundings and belongings. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience abroad because I met so many great people from all around the world, and was able to learn about a new culture and the history of South Africaread moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- 10/10 Experience08/18/19
Before I went to Cape Town, people would tell me that "studying abroad is a life-changing experience," and I had a hard time believing them. Initially, I thought that studying abroad was a chance to experience a different world. But I did not think
that experiencing a "different world" would change me. To me, it made sense that study abroad students would experience a different world and gain skills in intercultural communication--among other things--as a result. However, I reasoned that experiencing a different world and having one's life fundamentally changed were two mutually independent events. That said, living in South Africa for a semester and being able to take classes at the University of Cape Town changed my mind. Sure, I acquired skills, but more importantly, the radically different culture and world I got to experience forced me to change. Admittedly, I'm rather introspective, but studying abroad led me to reflect on all the differences I saw between South Africa, America, and their respective citizens. Moreover, I then had to decide how I would think and live moving forward. So, when people say that studying abroad is a life-changing experience, they're not lying or overexaggerating. Studying abroad gives students the chance to reflect on and be changed by all that they experience. And IES Abroad made this process as smooth as it could have been.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Cape Town Has An Experience For Everyone08/13/19
I studied in Cape Town, South Africa for six months with IES for the spring 2019 semester. The program was supportive in terms of responding to students' needs, arranging an orientation with lots of culturally immersive activities, and educating us about
local culture. The field trips throughout the semester were well-planned and lots of fun. We also had RA's living in close proximity if we ever needed assistance. There were two options for housing through this program: either communal living in a house with a shared kitchen and bathrooms or studio style apartments. I opted for the first option and really enjoyed it. There was also the option to switch your housing placement if you were unsatisfied. I only took courses at the University of Cape Town, but the program also offered classes at the IES Center. I was fairly disappointed with the quality of the academics at the University. The different grading system, lack of clear grading criteria, and general unorganized nature of the classes was frustrating at times. However, learning more about the culture through the classes was a huge part of my experience. The classes changed my perspective on different ideologies I held which I now realize were the result of only taking classes from a western perspective before attending UCT. Obviously, IES has no control over the academics at the University, but they did act as a liason if any issues arose between students and professors/admin. The academics were challenging and classes required a lot of dedication to receive high marks. The local culture was easy to adapt to because everyone spoke English and people were generally very friendly and willing to talk to you. There were lots of clubs to get involved in at the University and endless activities in the area to participate in. Honestly, the people who had the best experiences tended to be open to the opportunities available. I rarely said no to doing anything while I was there and ended up having an incredible semester. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking for a study abroad experience with opportunities beyond what a typical European program would offer, since Cape Town not only had an amazing nightlife but also hiking, service learning opportunities, and the chance to be immersed in a non-westernized culture.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend