CIEE: Cape Town Arts and Sciences
Cape Town, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
With the illustrious Table Mountain as a backdrop, Cape Town is Africa’s most visited destination, and the second most populous city in South Africa. With a population approaching four million, Cape Town is a thoroughly multicultural place, a buzzing crossroads of locals, expatriates, and immigrants alike. Languages spoken include Afrikaans, Xhosa, English, Sotho, Zulu, and Tswana. Cape Town visitor attractions range from the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, from which ferries leave for Robben Island, to a variety of nearby beaches.
Students on the CIEE: Cape Town Arts and Sciences program will take courses at the University of Cape Town, alongside UCT undergraduates. In order to have an idea of what classes are available at UCT, you can visit the CIEE web page. Courses can also be found on the University of Cape Town website. Please note that not all courses listed on the UCT website may be available to visiting students.
Students are required to enroll in at least one course with specific African content or one that offers a distinctive African perspective in their area of interest, plus two or three elective courses. In addition to UCT courses, students also have the option of taking the CIEE Living and Learning Seminar. The Seminar on Living and Learning in Cape Town is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how South Africans are different from and similar to themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of South Africa.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take 16-18 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early July – Early-November
Spring Semester: Late January – Early June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
CIEE students have three housing options for the semester at UCT:
UCT Residence Hall— Students live in apartment-style UCT residence halls with South African or other African students. Students have small single rooms and share kitchen and other facilities with two or three other students. CIEE Resident Assistants live in the residence hall with the students. Students are responsible for their own meals which are not included in the program fee. Students can prepare their own meals or eat at establishments on or off campus. Please note that amenities are more basic in the UCT residences, but students looking for an immersion experience will enjoy interacting with South African and other African students. Shuttle buses link UCT residence halls with all UCT campuses, a five-minute ride.
Off-Campus Houses or Apartments— Students share off-campus houses or apartments near campus with fellow CIEE program participants and local students. Students have small single rooms (some houses have a small number of double rooms) and share kitchen and other facilities with five to ten other students (fewer in apartments). Students are responsible for their own meals which are not included in the program fee. Students can prepare their own meals or eat at establishments on or off campus. Local UCT students (CIEE Resident Assistants) are selected to live in off-campus houses with CIEE students.
Homestay with South African Family— This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture and is strongly recommended for students who wish to take full advantage of their experience in South Africa. Breakfast and dinner are provided during the week. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. Lunches during the week are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Since homestay families are located throughout the Cape Town area, students are required in most cases to utilize public transportation to and from UCT, a 20–30 minute commute.
Students have access to email and the Internet at the University of Cape Town. On campus, the labs can be crowded and often full, but off-campus Internet cafés are inexpensive and easily accessible. Many students have brought laptops with them and are able to register their laptops and use them in the computer labs on campus. Wireless connections are available in the off-campus houses. Ethernet connections are available in the rooms at the UCT residence halls. Internet reliability and access is not always available at the same level as in the U.S.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.