Go to Cape Town! Past Review

By (HISTORY., Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/26/2013 to 06/08/2013 with

CIEE: Cape Town - Arts and Sciences

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a ton about South Africa/ Southern Africa while able to have oodles of fun.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The classes and exams were not challenging, but if you go to class and do readings you have the opportunity to learn a lot.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in the Liesbeeck res hall on campus. It's a bit far away, but I liked Mowbray. The only drawback is the security guards are a bit type A and don't like you to have people over.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have any health problems, but most of my friends had lukewarm experiences with the health services on campus. But nothing major.

* Safety:

Cape Town will make you smarter and more aware. Don't take an Iphone out with you because it will get stolen from you 98% of the time. Otherwise, you should be good to go.

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)

Cape Town is suitable for student budget and if you learn to cook your own meals you can save a lot of money.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Outdoor activities
  • People I met
* What could be improved?
  • Nuthin, muffin.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you want to get involved with volunteer work, do it early. Usually the first or second program you select won't work out.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Gender Sexuality and Politics

Course Department: African Studies
Instructor: Scanlon
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Great course, you should take it if you want to understand modern African attitudes. Well contextualized in historical accounts.
Credit Transfer Issues: