ISA Study Abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

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Affectionately known as the Mother City, Cape Town was founded in 1652 and is South Africa's oldest city. Cape Town is rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a backdrop of flat-topped Table Mountain juxtaposed by the sweep of ... read more

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everything. Yes. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
This was my first true time abroad for an extended period of time. Through my experience my travel bug was awakened and my passion for international cultures and experience are now strong! Interstudy helped me immerse myself into South Africa and with their guidance caused me to stay for the year. My experience in South Africa a... - University of Massachusetts Amherst View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Interstudy: Cape Town - University of Cape Town
YEAH it was!! I gained so much knowlegde about SA, especially when I traveled during breaks. It really changed my perception of southern Africa - Tufts University View Entire Review
This is a can't miss experience of a lifetime! If you are debating between Cape Town and anywhere else... stop debating! - University of Denver View Entire Review
Most definitely worthwhile. - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
OF COURSE - University of Vermont View Entire Review
I wish I could have stayed longer. I wish I had hung out with more South Africans. I wish I hadn't offended so many people with my ignorance. I wish I had attended more class and studied harder. I wish I had asked for more help. South Africa is complicated and beautiful. - University of Pennsylvania View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was the best, and it a lot of ways I think I really got lucky meeting my group of locl friends. They were always so eager to show me around and we all enjoy traveling and driving so we would take drives to all these places. I think by making local friends, I got to go, see and do a lot more things than... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Everything beyond interstudy and UCT was awesome. South Africa is wonderful, I'd go back in a heartbeat. However, as for dealing with either of those programs - I could do without that again. - University of Pennsylvania View Entire Review
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It changed the types of law school I wanted to apply to and it made me aware of how important it is to be around intellectual black people and what that does to the learning environment. - Carnegie Mellon University View Entire Review
Past Review
I loved the intimacy and family-ness of interstudy. I love Africa. And i wouldn't change my experience for the world. It has changed me as a person. - Tufts University View Entire Review
Yes, I enjoyed every aspect of the experience-- from the academics to the culture to the travel. I would highly reccomend UCT to anyone looking for a great experience all around. - Tufts University View Entire Review
I learned so much more about myself as well as various cultures while living in Cape Town. I gained independence and a new perspective of the world from my stay in South Africa. - Boston University View Entire Review
Just living abroad made me see things differently after coming back - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I would go back and do it again if I could. I had the best 5 months of my life. View Entire Review
Definitely - University of Denver View Entire Review
yes - Davidson College View Entire Review
More than worhtwhile... an experience to learn about the world and my place in it. An amazing city, a well-structured program, and a good university. View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Interstudy: Cape Town - University of Cape Town
YES - I learned so much about South Africa and its history, its present, and its racial and social issues. It is a fascinating, beautiful country filled with pleasant people. Studying abroad in South Africa caused me to go abroad again, to Uganda, after I graduated. I am so glad that I studied abroad! - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was absolutely worthwhile, I wish I could have done a second semester because I loved it so much. Not only did I have a phenomenal time, I also learned all about those who live in Africa and go to travel and see a new part of the world. I have a much better understanding of community now and feel t... - Villanova University View Entire Review
Past Review
Absolutely worthwhile. My time in Africa had a profound impact on me, but you might have to leave Cape Town for your world to be rocked. Even if you never left Cape Town, though, you could hang out on beaches and in botanical gardens with interesting and smart people in a really amazing city and eat really fabulous food and go... - University of Notre Dame View Entire Review
Best decision of my life. - Columbia University View Entire Review
There is no way to describe the experience and do it justice. If you are on the fence about going abroad, just go. Of course it will be worthwhile. When during college will you have another opportunity to see things completely outside of what you have made them to be? I love William and Mary and I love my friends and the communi... - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review

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Affectionately known as the Mother City, Cape Town was founded in 1652 and is South Africa's oldest city. Cape Town is rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a backdrop of flat-topped Table Mountain juxtaposed by the sweep of the Atlantic Ocean in the foreground. You can hike or take a cable-car ride up Table Mountain to enjoy the breathtaking view of the city and peninsula, take a ferry to the historic Robben Island, or visit the Cape of Good Hope.

The University of the Western Cape is located just 12 miles north of Cape Town in the Tygerberg suburb of Bellville. Its attractive campus includes an important nature reserve, and the mountains of the Cape Peninsula and Stellenbosch provide beautiful landmarks to the east and west. The University is readily accessible by car, taxi, bus or train, and even has its own railway station, Unibell, on the southern boundary of the campus.

ISA Programs in Cape Town include:

  • Academic Year:
                      Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines
                      Political & Social Sciences, African Studies & Health

  • Semester / Trimester:
                      Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines, University of Cape Town
                      Political & Social Sciences, African Studies & Health, University of the Western Cape


Program Costs Include:
• Comprehensive Advising and Support
• Tuition at the Host University
• Official Transcript from Host University with ISA Cover Letter
• Housing
• Meals and Laundry Services
• Bridging Cultures Program
• Full-Time Resident Staff
• On-Site ISA Offices
• Computer and Internet Access
• Excursions
• The ISA Discovery Model
• Cultural Activities
• Medical Insurance
• Comprehensive Health, Safety and Security Support
• Airport Reception
• Visa Support
• Tutoring
• The Professional Development Toolbox
• Scholarship Opportunities


Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • African Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • African Languages, Literature
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • Psychology
Year Founded:
1980
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. As a testament to his early struggle and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers USD 58,000 annually in scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which gives students the chance to add content to ISA’s Student blog. The student may also be given an opportunity to be part of ISA’s offices abroad based on the need of the particular office.

12 x $2000 for Fall Programs; 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Fall-start) Year Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Spring-start) Year Programs

Deadlines:
Fall (and Fall-start): April 30th Winter/Spring (and Winter-start): October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Attend an ISA-affiliated university. See our list of Affiliated Universities for more information. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.) • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

ISA offers USD 8,000 worth of scholarships annually dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum. Michaela was a junior studying International Business and Spanish at Seattle University and was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Her experience was tragically cut short when she lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. ISA hopes that this scholarship will help aspiring study abroad students and will do so in memory of Michaela who only began to realize her dream of study abroad. The scholarship is both merit and financial need-based scholarships for the study abroad expenses for the summer term of the student awardees

8 x $1,000 for Summer Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA Summer study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. Courses must appear on official transcript. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The scholarship amounts to USD 14,000 in awards and is to be used towards ISA programs.

2 x $1,000 for Summer Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Fall Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

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