Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

SOUTH AFRICA, CIEE Cape Town Programs

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Arts and Sciences      Service Learning


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Program Location: Cape Town, South Africa


Duration: Fall or Spring

Program Dates

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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Program Overview

The Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Cape Town provides a framework for students to fulfill their educational and personal goals, while also giving aback to the communities in which their learning takes place. The program provides students with an integrated approach to learning and community involvement. It enables students to be active in service while providing opportunities to reflect upon the complexities and challenges facing Cape Town specifically and South Africa generally. The program is conducted in and intends to meet the needs of local communities in order to help foster civic responsibility, while engaging students in a rigorous academic program of language study, research methodology, African studies, and research.

Situated on the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is a vibrant, multicultural city with a rich selection of day and night activities. Water sports, mountaineering, nightclubs, and restaurants are readily available. The city is a microcosm of the challenges facing many African countries in transition: how to successfully operate within a global economy while at the same time grappling with the vast socio-economic inequalities that are the legacy of the colonial and apartheid past.

Students have several housing choices:

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 a kitchen and other facilities with two or three other students. All of the residents of the apartment share basic cleaning duties. Students are responsible for their own meals, and 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. A five-minute shuttle bus ride links UCT residence halls with all UCT campuses.

Off-Campus Houses or Apartments — Students share off-campus houses or apartments near campus with fellow CIEE participants and with 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 10 other students (fewer in apartments). All of the residents of the houses or apartments share basic cleaning duties. Students are responsible for their own meals, and can prepare their own meals or eat at establishments on or off campus.

Homestay with a 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, while breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. Lunches during the week are not included, and are the responsibility of the student. Since homestay families are located throughout the Cape Town area, in most cases students are required to use public transportation to and from UCT, a 20- to 30-minute commute.

Clark Credit

Participating students receive the equivalent of four units per semester (16 credits), provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. All students enroll in a core course, which includes a service placement, choose to study either Xhosa or Afrikaans language, and complete their studies with a capstone project and presentation. All courses are taught by faculty from the University of Cape Town. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure transferability of credit.


All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements. Students must also be prepared to fulfill the CIEE Arts & Science study abroad program eligiblity requirements in Cape Town, South Africa. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to CIEE. You will be billed a one-time $1000 study abroad fee which will appear on your tuition bill. You will be billed by CIEE directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals) if not included. Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees while in Cape Town for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs per semester for 2016-17

  • Housing - $4,565
  • Meals - $1,650
  • Insurance - $144
  • *Personal Expenses - $2000
  • Airfare (based on US East Coast departure) - $1100
  • Visa fee - $144
  • Books and Supplies - $250
  • Local transportation - $350
  • Potential travel to consulate for visa - $500
  • Study Abroad/Away Admin. Fee - $1000

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change.

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Deadlines

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Important Information

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363.

Any information on this page is subject to change.