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Study Abroad in Cape Town, South Africa
STUDY at the University of Cape town amongst a diverse group of students.
LIVE in Cape Town and become acquainted with South Africa's rich history and see firsthand how the country is rebuilding itself after decades of government-enforced-apartheid.
EXPLORE the significant South African historical and cultural sites, such as Table Mountain, historic District 6 in the city's center and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were incarcerated during apartheid.
REFLECT on your role in community education by working with grassroots, community based organizations two days a week.
Cape Town Study Center
The people of South Africa call their country the Rainbow Nation to demonstrate pride in their racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity. The country has 11 official languages. In the Cape Town area, you will predominantly hear Xhosa, Afrikaans and English.
In addition to a spectacular array of wildlife unique to South Africa, you will experience powerful literary and artistic voices, traditional music, delicious foods and diverse architecture.
Students will study at the University of Western Cape with fellow study abroad students through Marquette University. Founded in 1960, the University of the Western Cape is a leading research and teaching institution that was one of the first South African universities to formally oppose apartheid. With 14,000 students and more than 200 degree programs, UWC is a major university committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity and building an equitable and dynamic society.
Students in this South Africa program live with fellow program participants in the Kimberely House in the Observatory neighborhood of Cape Town. Known locally as "Obs," the neighborhood is an intimate community with great energy an funky vibe. It is a popular community with students and lecturers because of its proximity to the University of Cape Town. Everything you need from restaurants to coffee shops to grocery stores are within blocks from the house.
Students share double rooms, a full kitchen and dining room, multiple bathrooms, a living room, computers and Internet access. Students are responsible for cooking their own meals and often share the responsibilities as a group.
The University of Western Cape offers a wide range of courses throughout many disciplines for students to take while studying abroad. Students take 4-5 courses while studying for the semester. A list of possible courses can be found here. The following required courses are taken with fellow program participants on Fridays throughout the semester:
Theology of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Justice
Explore how people of all faiths are called to play a positive role in bringing about forgiveness, reconciliation and justice. Gain a unique perspective of South Africans' response to this call, as evidenced in the ubuntu theology of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Leaders in Grassroots Organizations: Community Development and Social Analysis
Investigate how people empowered by leaders at the community level address their development needs and bring about systemic change through analysis of the economic, social, political, environmental and cultural structures that create poverty and conflict. Test and refine your own developing models of grassroots leadership through service learning placements two days a week.
For more detailed information regarding costs of program, inclusions, scholarships and financial aid information, please refer to the the Study Abroad Financial Aid and Scholarship Information link.
- 2.75 GPA
- Not be on academic or disciplinary probation
- Junior standing
- Must demonstrate previous knowledge of Africa