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CIEE: Cape Town Service Learning
Cape Town, South Africa
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.
The CIEE Service-Learning program offers an integrated approach to learning and community involvement. The program itself consists of 16 semester credits based on five main components: a social research methods course; a course focusing on poverty and development in South Africa; a community development project in a local NGO, school, or other service organization; an academic service-learning capstone project; and language training (Xhosa or Afrikaans) as appropriate to the community that you’re serving. The program intends to meet the needs of local communities, helping foster civic responsibility while engaging students in a rigorous academic program of social research methodology, language study, and development studies.
This program is built upon the four core principles of service-learning, with each component of the program addressing one or more of the principles:
4) Public Dissemination
More program and course information can be found on the CIEE website.
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 at least 16 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. You will receive 3-4 credits per class taken with CIEE. 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
Students live in an apartment-style residence near campus and share the residence with fellow CIEE program participants. Students will stay in double or single rooms and will share facilities with other students, all of whom share basic cleaning duties. Students are responsible for their own meals which are not included in the program fee. Students prepare their own meals in the residence or eat at establishments on or off campus. Local UCT students (CIEE Resident Assistants) are selected to live in the residence with CIEE students.
Students have access to email and the Internet at the University of Cape Town. The labs are 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 Internet connections are available in the residences. Internet reliability and access is not always available at the same level as in the U.S.
Program Cost: 2014-2015
Program Cost: 2013-2014
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the CIEE: Cape Town Service Learning Expenses Worksheet:
CIEE Cape Town Spring 2014 Expenses Worksheet
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 Global Reach Scholarship- 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.
Center for Global Education Diversity Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
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.