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.
with a South African family in a homestay.
Cape Town people in need – students say it is a pinnacle of their study abroad experience.
LIVE AND LEARN
where natural beauty and outdoor fun are part of everyday life.
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.
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.
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.
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. No credit is awarded for the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Cape Town.
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.
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 P/NC basis, however, students may take direct enrollment university courses on a P/NC basis.
Students live in UCT residences with South African students, in homestays with local families, or in off-campus houses with other CIEE students. Meals in the residences and houses are self-catered, and a meal allowance is provided by Pomona College. Students may also choose to live with a host family. In homestays, weekday breakfast and dinner and all weekend meals are provided. Pomona provides a meal allowance for weekday meals. Pomona also provides a transportation allowance.
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
University of Cape Town
A college-level background course with African content is highly recommended.