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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Apartment, Homestay, Residence Hall
Areas of study: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Film, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Humanities, Independent/Directed Research, International Relations, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Literature, Marine Science, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sciences, Service Learning, Sociology, Theatre, Urban Design, Urban Studies Class standing: 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Direct enrollment GPA: 3.0
Program Description:

Arts + Sciences


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Program Overview

Take your arts and sciences studies a step further with study abroad in South Africa. Cape Town is all about exploring the wonders of nature while learning about contemporary South African society. The prestigious University of Cape Town (UCT) is CIEE’s partner school and your host for coursework in English on anthropology, business, economics, engineering, history, liberal arts, linguistics, literature, media, science, and more.

All courses are complemented with CIEE activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and enhance intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences


with a South African family in a homestay.


Cape Town people in need – students say it is a pinnacle of their study abroad experience.


where natural beauty and outdoor fun are part of everyday life.

Read student stories

Excursions & Activities

  • Explore iconic sites like the Cape Peninsula, Cape Flats, and Robben Island.
  • Join local fans at Newlands Stadium to watch cricket or rugby.
  • See culture come to life with theater, music, and dance productions.
  • Visit rural cooperatives to experience daily life beyond the city.
  • Immerse yourself in campus life at the University of Cape Town by joining a social, sport, or cultural club – select up to three activities, and we’ll cover the cost.


Volunteering: Receive more than you give by participating in an Impact Project in a local community or giving your time on a weekly basis by tutoring students, working with health and medical organizations, providing services for the homeless, or using your administrative skills for the benefit of a local organization.

Peer-to-peer connections: Resident Assistants (RAs) are top UCT students, recruited and trained by CIEE to help with cultural excursions, live with CIEE students in UCT residence halls or CIEE’s off-campus apartments, and introduce CIEE students to the UCT campus community.

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to South African culture, your academic program, the city, and practical information about living in Cape Town
  • Full-time program leadership and support in Cape Town
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

1 out of 3 CIEE students receives a scholarship - get yours!

GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.

Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.

Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.

Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.

Learn more


  • 200+ study abroad programs in 40+ countries
  • $8 million in scholarships offered each year
  • 1 in 3 students receives a scholarship
  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included


Our highly experienced staff have extensive knowledge of all CIEE programs and services. If you are a student with questions about completing your application, or you want to sign up to receive program updates and news, our staff are happy to help.

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Academic Program
The program begins with a required orientation, which includes lectures on South Africa, practical tips on living in Cape Town, activities organized by CIEE and UCT, and information sessions on university organization and courses.  During the semester, students enroll in a full-time academic program of regular UCT courses.  Students select from extensive listings of 2000-level (second year), 3000-level (third year) or 4000-level (honors) courses, one of which must focus on South Africa.  Normally, 3000-level or 4000-level courses should be in the student's major subject.  Pomona will award credit at the 1000 level only for courses in African languages.  

For fall 2022/spring 2023:
The student's program must total at least 16 semester credits (or 72 UCT credits, equal to 4.0 Pomona credits).  This is generally three or four courses, although individual course credit allocations vary.
For fall 2023 onwards:
Students enroll in a full-time course load of 15-18 U.S. semester credits (equal to 3.75-4.5 Pomona credits). This is generally three or four courses, although individual course credit allocations vary.

Music or dance performance courses earn 0.25 Pomona course credits.

Students are not permitted to take any courses taught by the CIEE study center on a CR/NC basis, however, students may take direct enrollment university courses on a CR/NC basis.

Living Arrangements
Students live in single roomed apartments that are within a 10 minute walk from UCT's free shuttle bus service and the CIEE Cape Town Center. Students will share the residence with other CIEE participants as well as local and international students attending a variety of universities and colleges across the city. Dependent on availability, students may also live in apartments shared with other CIEE students. If local health and safety regulations permit, most students live in double or triple rooms.  Meals in the apartments are self-catered, and a meal allowance is provided by Pomona College. Pomona also provides a transportation allowance.

Host Institutions
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
University of Cape Town

Faculty Liaison
Eric Hurley

A college-level background course with African content is highly recommended.

Travel Advisories 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 09/17/2023 10/13/2023 TBA TBA