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CIEE January in Cape town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
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CIEE Cape Town logoCIEE January in Cape Town, South Africa

Come to Cape Town and witness the changes taking place in this vibrant country. Our CIEE course - From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS - offers an in-depth understanding of the complexity of a country in transition. Discover firsthand South Africa’s First World infrastructure and Third World development challenges, and join our culturally diverse community. January is the perfect time of year to stroll South Africa’s beautiful beaches and take hikes on the ever-present Table Mountain. During your three week term, you’ll enjoy a balance of in-class and extra-curricular activities.

The beautiful coastal city of Cape Town, with its glorious beaches and mountains, is called many names: the Mother City; the Cape of Good Hope; the Cape of Storm; and the Gateway to Africa. Cape Town is two worlds in one. From wealthy developments with great shopping centers to vibrant townships, there’s never a shortage of things to do and experience in Cape Town – especially for those on a student budget. 

  • Robben Island Museum
  • District Six Museum
  • Table Mountain
  • Township visit
  • Walking tour of Cape Town
  • Visiting the District Six Museum
  • Township tour of Langa and Gugulethu
  • Visiting the South African Museum
  • Visiting the Slave Lodge
  • Volunteering in a Township

Apartments: Students will live in CIEE apartment-style housing in the area of Rodenbosch. This is at the foot of Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain. Shared apartments with double rooms include 24/7 security, cable TV, a communal lounge, and laundry facility. The apartments are close to restaurants and shops and are conveniently located in the same building as the CIEE Global Institute.

Meals are not included. Students prepare meals in their apartments.

The program details
In this program, students take the course, the required course, From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to Aids, which looks at the historical, political, and economic transitions of South Africa from a divided country to a more inclusive democratic country. The program begins with a two-day orientation covering culture, academic requirements, student life, and health and safety. Classes are Monday-Friday, from 9 am to 1 pm. Options available for volunteering, attending excursions, and participating in activities.

Classes are Monday-Friday, 9 am to 1 pm, and held at the CIEE Global Institute.

Students receive numerical grades which are converted to the U.S. letter grades. Assessment is continuous and is based on overall performance, including class participation, homework assignments, papers, presentations, projects and exams.

The educational system requires a high degree of self-motivation, self-discipline and a proactive approach to study. Independent learning and active participation in class are necessary to achieve satisfactory academic performance. As an intensive, accelerated program, attendance at all class meetings is essential.

Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

Program Credit
Total credit, semester: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

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.


HIST 3101 CTSA: From Rhodes to Mandela and from Apartheid to AIDS

This course offer students an overview of key events, people, and processes in South Africa’s social and political transformation, from the late-nineteenth century to the present. Topics include the following: industrialization and the British colonial period; Afrikaner nationalism and apartheid; African nationalism and anti-apartheid resistance; urban segregation; the political miracle of the 1990s; and the challenges of HIV/ AIDS and economic inequality. Excursions to Robben Island Museum and the District Six Museum enhance classroom learning. By the end of the course, students will have a strong grounding in South African history and contexts.

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals for students living in homestays
  • 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, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city.
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

No Hidden Fees

PROGRAM - January 2019
START DATE - Jan 2, 2019* 
END DATE - Jan 23, 2019*
FEES & HOUSING - $3,350
*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.