CIEE: Cape Town - Arts and Sciences

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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 ... read more

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All the way worthwhile - Brandeis University View Entire Review
The experience was definitely life-changing. The learning curve is immense. I felt like I learned so much about South Africa but I know for a fact that I've barely even scraped the surface. The country has an incredibly rich culture and history-- the plethora of information you gather in a day is mindblowing. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
September 25, 2018 Transformative
I made lasting friendships, learned a lot from local students. It was absolutely worthwhile because South Africa is an amazing country. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned about racial relations in contexts out side of the US that, although I thought I understood previously, I realized I didn't fully get before. I was given a non-western perspective for the first time and was able to question things that I had blindly accepted before. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 22, 2018 Incredible
I learned a lot about what it means to be a woman of color in a world that is not safe for women with my racial identity. Cape Town is not an easy place to be for women of color (no cities really are honestly) and I really did learn a lot about myself during this time. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned about many different cultures and it was very worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A real sense of worldly perspective. The protests did make me think about the education systems of South Africa and the US, as well as how systemic racism differs between the two countries. The concepts were complex and interesting, and the conversations I had were incredibly worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A greater sense of independence and a more worldly paradigm. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My semester in Cape Town was amazing and definitely too fast. A lot of people say that abroad changes you but I think that it really just makes you a better version of yourself. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned so much studying abroad in a place that isn't so mainstream. It was the fastest 5 months of my life and I learned a lot about a country I had never really thought about. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned a lot about who I am as a person. It was very worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
i learnt a lot about myself and gained much international experience - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about different cultures and perspectives through which people see the world. I learned a lot about the history and continuous struggles in South Africa. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained some new language skills in French. I also have an enhanced perspective on the world in places like Europe and southern Africa. My lessons to learn were learned and the spent time in foreign places was totally worthwhile. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
January 22, 2019 Journey To Myself
I learned a lot about myself and what it means to be a black person in western spaces. It was also so great to be in a place where the curriculum is afro centered and the faculty black. It was worth it. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
The experience was worthwhile and the exchange rate made it an affordable option in comparison to a lot of programs in Europe - Wellesley College View Entire Review
This program is both enjoyable and teaches you about both the physical, geographical beauty of South Africa and its history, both in terms of notable South African people and of apartheid and decolonization. Also, definitely would recommend for animal lovers as there are many beautiful animals in South Africa! - University of Hartford View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CIEE: Cape Town - Arts and Sciences
I learned that we live in a globalised society, that colonialism is still happening and its effects are devastating. I learned how different economies, systems of education and political structures function. I was very worthwhile and I'm so glad I went. - Berea College View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile - gave me a much broader perspective and appreciation for what we have in the US - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained a broader understanding of race relations and historical influence. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
So much... I learned so much about South Africa, Africa, racism, Apartheid, the world, myself, surfing and rock climbing, living on my own. Amazingly worthwhile. Arguably my best semester. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much, but some of the main lessons were how to be more tolerant, how to be more independent, encouragement to always try new things, and just generally about Cape Town's culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained a new love for adventure and to get up and want to make the most of everyday. There is so much to do in Cape Town and I thoroughly took advantage of all of the opportunities. It is also historically incredibly interesting (and depressing at times) which makes for a culture that is unlike anywhere else in the world. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A broader perpsective and an understanding of different worldviews. I also realized that the world is a complicated and difficult place and that - Middlebury College View Entire Review
People talk about how spending time abroad completely changes you and your perspective. For me, this was very untrue. Perhaps it is because I had the opportunity to live in multiple countries abroad growing up, but I am not sure. I found that being abroad gives you a better understanding of who you are by challenging and questio... - Brandeis University View Entire Review

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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.

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Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • African Studies
Minimum GPA:
3.0
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