Cape Town: Another Chapter of an Amazing Four Years Past Review

By (Marketing., Providence College) for

CIEE: Cape Town - Arts and Sciences

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I have become more aware of my own strengths and weaknesses. I never realized how independent I was.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

There was not much emphasis of class work as there were 2-3 mandatory essays for each class and a final. No quizzes or tests were administered that were not written.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Lengthy process. You have to decide where you want to study abroad a year before you go abroad.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great housing, very safe and convenient location!

* Food:

Housing was right near downtown with supermarkets and dining facilities

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

CIEE provided capstones that gave us opportunities to explore Cape Town easily. We also got to volunteer and interact with families as we did a homestay one weekend.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Cape Town is very dangerous. CIEE provides live-in RA's, protective housing with fences and a security guard at each house.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Travel, flights are very expensive to and from cape town


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Orientation Program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Independent, Calm and Active!