A Semester in the Mother City September 02, 2016

By (Wofford College) - abroad from 07/04/2015 to 11/20/2015 with

IES Abroad: Cape Town - University of Cape Town

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Coming from a very conservative city in the southern United States my experience at the University of Cape Town shaped me in such a positive way. The perspective I gained was one I could have only gained in this unique city. Cape Town is vibrant - a mixing pot of so many beautiful cultures accented with immaculate nature, unlike anywhere else, that sits conveniently in the center of the city and all around. The university is breathtaking as well and offers subjects of all sorts. The professors and students there made my academic experience an unforgettable one, although my semester in Cape Town fed me knowledge far beyond what any classroom ever could.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* 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?
  • The other students
* What could be improved?
  • organization
  • location of office (unsafe area)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much hiking I'd be enjoying!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.