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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Major: African and African Diaspora Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Natural and Physical Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theatre
Program Description:

CIEE Cape Town: Arts & Sciences

Cape Town, South Africa


  About the Program | Cape Town,South Africa |Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links

About the Program
Tulane students who participate in the CIEE program in Cape Town, South Africa enroll in courses at the University of Cape Town alongside full-time degree-seeking South African students. With the help and support of CIEE, students complete their semester of coursework at the university. Established in 1829, UCT is internationally recognized as one of Africa’s leading research universities. The campus has sweeping lawns, pathways, trees, ponds, and waterfalls that combine with attractive physical structures and extensive playing fields to make a pleasant study environment. A range of commercial, medical, recreational, and sporting facilities is available on campus, including a swimming pool, gymnasium, basketball, tennis, badminton and squash courts, and a weight room.

Cape Town, South Africa
Situated on the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is a vibrant multicultural city with a complex history of immense human struggle. 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.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Coursework with African content strongly recommended, particularly ADST 2000 "Intro to Africa & African Diaspora" and HISB 4210 "History of Development in Africa"
Fields of Study
Economics, Anthropology, Urban Studies, Jewish Studies, Fine Arts, Classical Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, African Studies, English Literature, History, History of Art, Linguistics, Music, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental and Geographical Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Oceanography, Physics, Statistical Sciences, Zoology

Academic Culture
The rich academic program, established in 1998, allows study abroad students to pursue their academic studies while providing first-hand knowledge of contemporary South African society. CIEE study abroad students are taught alongside University of Cape Town (UCT) undergraduates and are required to take a full program of courses, including all assignments and written examinations. Teaching methods at the university normally involve a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and, in the sciences, laboratory classes. The system is geared toward the scholar who is motivated, self-sufficient, and deeply interested in the subject matter. Participants may notice striking differences between their home educational system and the UCT system. The university allows students greater responsibility and initiative in a less structured environment. Courses may involve relatively few contact hours each week, since they are intended as a starting point and focus for a great deal of individual study. Class sizes are very big at UCT and range from 100 to 300 people. UCT has both class lectures and tutorials (sections). The sizes of the tutorials are much smaller, ranging from 20 to 40 students. Students generally do not have to buy books for their classes, as many lecturers provide a course reader. This reader has all the reference materials for the class.
The CIEE Study Center follows the university’s calendar with additional time for orientation at the beginning of the semester. The South African academic year runs from early February through late November with two semesters. Many University of Cape Town courses are year-long courses and run from the U.S. spring through the U.S. fall semester. Students in the academic or calendar year program have a break between semesters and can remain in or move into off-campus housing; however, meals are not included during this time.
The University of Cape Town follows the Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HEQF) credit system. Per this system, CIEE requires all study abroad students to take between 70 and 82 HEQF credits per semester. Students are required to take three to four courses to maintain a full course load. At least one of these courses must have specific African content or offer a distinctive African perspective in their area of interest. Courses may be taken in all University of Cape Town faculties excluding health science. Students may take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Cape Town in addition to their normal course load. Participants enroll directly in host university courses and take classes with CIEE, South African, and other international students. The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Cape Town is for CIEE students only.

Student Life
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Cape Town even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The Director of Student Services meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. When you arrive in Cape Town you will participate in an on-site orientation program. The goal is to introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Cape Town. You also will be introduced to the academic requirements of the university, and are shown how to make the best use of campus facilities and services. Sessions include lectures on African history, politics, geography, safety, and “survival skills” for visiting students. During orientation, local University of Cape Town students assist the international students. The services provided during orientation are maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
During the course of the semester, you will be directly enrolled at UCT and have access to all of the facilities and activities that full-time UCT students participate in. Additionally, CIEE facilitates opportunities for you to become engaged in the local community, such as homestays and volunteer experiences. 

Students have several choices:

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

Off-Campus Houses or Apartments—Students share off-campus houses or apartments near campus with fellow CIEE study abroad program participants and local students. Students have small single rooms (some houses have a small number of double rooms) and share kitchen and other facilities with five to 10 students (fewer in apartments). All of the residents of the houses or apartments share basic cleaning duties. Students are responsible for their own meals which are not included in the program fee. Students can prepare their own meals or eat at establishments on or off campus.

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

Helpful Links 
CIEE Cape Town Homepage

Contact Past Participants
Click HERE to contact recent study abroad alumni in this region.