IES Abroad: Cape Town - Summer Health Studies

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Surrounded by mountains and the sea near the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is also an ideal location to experience the dynamic change in a country that is highly developed, but where millions liv... read more

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September 18, 2018 Experience Of A Lifetime!
For classes, I took community health, and nutrition & HIV. The teachers were passionate and engaging, and I learned so much from them not just about South African healthcare but also about their culture and life. The classes are fascinating and you truly learn a lot and are at times academically challenged. You also get to go on... - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
I gained an appreciation for healthcare professionals of all kind. I also learned a greater sense of compassion for people who are not as fortunate as I am. It was very worthwhile as it changed my outlook on the healthcare field for the better. - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
October 24, 2017 Best Decision!
It really opened my eyes to a different world and different perspectives. I am so happy with all that I was able to learn and experience through the landscapes and unique qualities of South Africa. It was incredibly worthwhile and would do it over and over again if I could - Villanova University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Cape Town - Summer Health Studies
The IES Study Abroad experience is unique in its mixture of adventure, learning, and community involvement that not only allows you to learn about the environment in which you are living on a social and political level, but also brings you extremely close to your peers and your professors. The program allows you to connect with ... - Princeton University View Entire Review
I gained a greater sense of independence, as well as re-affirmed my desire to work in Healthcare. It was definitely worthwhile! I had one of the greatest experiences of my life. - Miami University View Entire Review
October 29, 2017 Pushing The Boundaries
I learned how passionate I am to be a doctor and I learned so much about the South African culture. It was definitely worthwhile because I feel like I am a more well-rounded person. - University of Mississippi View Entire Review
October 27, 2017 A Journey
I learned so much about the culture of South Africa, their healthcare system, and myself. - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Cape Town - Summer Health Studies
This was absolutely a worthwhile trip. I gained insight into the health system in South Africa and learned about why things are the way they are. I hope to one day spend some time working there when I work in global health. - University of California - San Diego / UCSD View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Cape Town - Summer Health Studies
Half of the educational side of the abroad program is class and the other half is volunteer hours in the public healthcare system. Classes are focused on learning about the history and public healthcare system of South Africa and how South Africans are trying to change the system for the better of all people. Learning from peopl... - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
Past Review Great Experience
Gained a lot of first hand experience on healthcare in South Africa - McGill University View Entire Review

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Surrounded by mountains and the sea near the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is also an ideal location to experience the dynamic change in a country that is highly developed, but where millions live in poverty. Witness and participate in the South African effort to deliver health care effectively to the country’s poorer urban and rural residents.

Designed for students interested in health-related careers, this program enables you to examine health care delivery in South Africa. Field visits, observational visits to local health facilities, service work in a township near Cape Town, and a week-long rural excursion in the northern part of South Africa provide firsthand experience with the many health issues that plague South Africa, and the national effort to improve public health.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • Health Professions
  • Health Sciences General
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs
  • Public Health
Minimum GPA:
2.75
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